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1. Program Details

Course Description

Hokusei Gakuen University is offering an online Japanese language program this semester to our partner universities. This program is a non-credit Japanese language course for no program fee or tuition to students at our partner universities who are eager to study Japanese. The purposes of this course are to promote international understanding and friendships in general, and to continue developing our relationships with our partner universities in spite of the difficult circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Hokusei Online Japanese Language Program equally emphasizes the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. These courses are designed to help students develop interactional competence so that they become able to handle a variety of communicative situations appropriately according to context using Japanese. In other words, students do not study only about Japanese grammar, they learn how to use it in appropriate ways, in both formal and informal situations in Japanese society.

These courses are taught by native speakers of Japanese, most of whom have had experience teaching Japanese as a second language both in Japan and overseas.



Class Placement

Based on a grammar test and a short interview with each student, including some grammar and conversation questions, we will place the students in suitable proficiency levels, from elementary to advanced. In each level, class sizes will be small, i.e. approximately 8 people.
Finally, if there are too many applicants for the program, we may have to select the participants since we would like each class to be small, as noted above.

2.Program Days and Times

The course schedule is different depending on the location of your home country/region because of the time difference. One 90-minute class will be offered once a week. Applicants are supposed to choose a single day of the week from the applicable schedule for the country or region you are in.

  • Students of the university located in Asia: Start: May 31th, End: August 6th(Japan time)
  • Time Difference Chart - Asia
    Japan South Korea China
    Monday's Classes:
    10:30 a.m.~noon
    Monday, 10:30 a.m.~noon Monday, 9:30 a.m. ~ 11:30 a.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m. ~ 10:30 a.m.
    Friday's Classes:
    18:00 p.m.~19:30 p.m.
    Friday, 18:00 p.m.~19:30 p.m. Friday, 17:00 p.m. ~ 18:30 p.m. Friday, 16:00 p.m. ~ 17:30 p.m.

  •  Students of universities located in the U.S. & Canada: Start: May 31, End: August 5 (Japan time)
  • Time Difference Chart - US & Canada
    Japan Lewis and Clark College Juniata College Manchester University Buena Vista University St. Olaf College University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee University of Hawaii, Maui St. Thomas University
    Monday's Classes:
    10:30 a.m.~noon
    Summer Sunday, 18:30 p.m. ~ 20:00 p.m. Sunday, 21:30 p.m. ~ 23:00 p.m. Sunday, 20:30 p.m. ~ 22:00 p.m. Sunday, 15:30 p.m. ~ 17:00 p.m. Sunday, 22:30 p.m. ~ 24:00 a.m.
    Thursday's Classes:
    10:30 a.m.~noon
    Summer Wednesday, 18:30 p.m. ~ 20:00 p.m. Wednesday, 21:30 p.m. ~ 23:00 p.m. Wednesday, 20:30 p.m.
    ~ 22:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, 15:30 p.m. ~ 17:00 p.m. Wednesday, 22:30 p.m. ~ 24:00 a.m.

  • Students of the university located in Europe: Start: June 1th, End: August 6th(Japan time)
  • Time Difference Chart - Europe
    Japan UK Switzerland
    Tuesday's Classes:
    18:00 p.m.~19:30 p.m.
    Summer Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. ~ 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. ~ 12:30 p.m.
    Friday's Classes:
    18:00 p.m.~19:30 p.m.
    Summer Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. ~ 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. ~ 12:30 p.m.

    3. Eligibility

    Who can participate in the Hokusei Online Japanese Language Program?

    This program is open to students at our current (and prospective) partner universities, who would like to improve their Japanese. Participants are expected to attend regularly and participate actively in all of the offered classes. We will also accept students at those universities who have never studied Japanese before.

    What is expected of students who participate in this program?

    Although this is a non-credit language course without program fee or tuition, we would like participants of this program to somehow experience and ‘taste’ what it is like to study in the Hokusei Intensive Japanese program, where international students work hard and diligently. While we understand that the online class for each student is only once a week for ten weeks, we have designed the program so that students will improve their Japanese. For this reason, we believe that each participant’s commitment to their study is essential, and we expect the following of them:
    -Be positive, punctual, and participate actively in all class activities.
    -Ask questions when you don’t understand.
    -Study Japanese every day and do the homework.

    4. Application Procedure

    Official Entry

    Entry Period: from April 12th to April 21th
    *All applicants are required to attend the orientation sessions. They should also take the placement test if they have studied Japanese before.

    Students who meet any of the following conditions, do not have to take the placement test because they will be placed in a suitable class automatically:
    ・Students who have passed the JLPT N1
    ・Students who have never studied Japanese at school
    *Note that those students do not have to take the placement test, but the orientation sessions are mandatory.

    If you decide to apply for the Online Japanese Language Program, please access the webpage below and fill out the web entry form by the deadline:

    申込受付は終了しました。We have stopped accepting applications.

    IMPORTANT: Deadline is different depending on your time zone;
    South Korea: by 5:00 p.m., April 21 in your time zone (the same as Japan time).
    Asia (except for South Korea): by 6:00 p.m., April 21 in your time zone.
    U.S. and Canada: by 10:00 p.m., April 20 in your time zone.
    Europe: by 9:00 a.m., April 21 in your time zone.


    Please download the required documents mentioned in the orientation from here:
    Placement Test Answer Sheet.pdf

    5. Contact

    If you have any questions, please contact here.

    E-mail: intlcenter@hokusei.ac.jp
    International Education and Language Center

    2-3-1, Oyachi-Nishi, Atsubetsuku,
    Sapporo, Hokkaido, JAPAN 004-8631
    TEL: 81-11-895-1000 FAX: 81-11-891-9550