Japanese Language Classes for Research and Graduate Students


This program is intended for research students and graduate students. Students, who need to or would like to learn Japanese, join this program although these classes are non-credit.

Students who are eligible to study in this program

Research students and graduate students who belong to the University of the Ryukyus

International students who are registering for Japanese language classes must first undergo course guidance with their respective Japanese language coordinator BEFORE attending and registering for classes.


Course Guidance and Registering for Japanese Language Classes

* The deadline for the course guidance for this semester:  Please check here.

The first two weeks of the semester are the trial period. Please go directly to the classes depending on your level and schedule. Please don’t miss the first classes. If you need any assistance or guidance, please contact the coordinator of your level.

The classrooms and the coordinator’s offices are at the Global Education Center, the University of the Ryukyus.

Level Coordinator Contact Office
A Prof. YAMAMOTO Yoshino
Please come to office hours:
Tuesday  Lunch Time & 14:30-16:00
GEC #205-1
B1 Prof. TOMARI Seiko
Please come to the course guidance for B1 level classes. Students who can not come to the course guidance inform the coordinator by the guidance deadline.
e-mail: seikot@lab.u-ryukyu.ac.jp
GEC #209
B2, C1, C2 Prof. ASHIHARA Kyoko
Please email to the address below to make an appointment.
e-mail: ashihara@lab.u-ryukyu.ac.jp
GEC #212

Please note that

  • The name of the subject shows the level of the goal. For example, Japanese A1 means that students aim to reach the A1 level after the semester. If you are a beginner, please choose the subject with an “A” or “A1” level.
  • You cannot take only a part of Japanese A (8 classes/week), Japanese A1 (4 classes/week), Japanese A2 (4 classes/week), Japanese Grammar A2 (2 classes/week) Japanese B1 (4 classes/week) and Japanese B2 (3 classes/week) because they are designed to the course which has a set of classes. 
  • The difference between Japanese A and Japanese A1 is the speed (intensity) of the course. Japanese A has 8 classes and Japanese A1 has 4 classes per week. Both courses give you assignments after every class.  If you are very motivated and can take enough time to learn Japanese, we recommend you to take Japanese A.


Course Schedule

Spring Semester: April~August

Fall Semester: October~February

*based on the Academic Calendar of University of the Ryukyus

Time Table

Syllabuses of Japanese Language Class and Time Table


Application Method

  1. Read the “Course Guidance and Registering for Japanese Language Classes” above, and consult with the professor at Global Education Center to decide which classes you should apply to. * The deadline for the course guidance for this semester:  Please check here.
  2. Ask your academic adviser to read the regulations on the consent form and to give a recommendation. Please make sure that your academic adviser read the regulations carefully before he/she gave the recommendation.
  3. Submit the consent form via the online application form. * The deadline for applications for this semester:  Please check here.

Points to note

  1. You will not be given credits for the classes that you have taken as all classes are non-credit bearing. However, proof of attendance will be issued upon request to students who have met requirements equivalent to credit fulfillment. You should request after you finish the final examination and before the last day of the month (August 31st for the spring semester, and February 28th for the autumn semester)
  2. When planning to take classes, approval must first be sought from your academic advisor. Please ensure that classes do not hinder your research activities.
  3. Before registration, please participate in the classes that you are interested in to ensure that lessons are of a proficiency level suitable to you.
  4. Upon registration, you are required to attend all lessons. Please ensure that you contact your class professor when you are absent from class, or if you decide to drop any classes.
  5. Students who are continually absent from classes without prior notification will not be allowed to take classes in subsequent semesters.
  6. The submission deadline stated on the website is final. No late submissions will be accepted.
  7. Once you submit the consent from via the online application form, your registration will be considered official.


About Application

Global Education Section
TEL:+81 (0)98-895-8131
Email: kogakuko[at]acs.u-ryukyu.ac.jp
YAMAMOTO Yoshino (Ms.)   -A1, A2, and A classes
TEL:+81 (0)98-895-8116

Email: ysn[at]lab.u-ryukyu.ac.jp

ASHIHARA Kyoko (Ms.)   -B1, B2, C1, and C2 classes
TEL:+81 (0)98-895-8111

Email: ashihara[at]lab.u-ryukyu.ac.jp

SASAKI Kayoko (Ms.)   -B1, B2, C1, and C2 classes
TEL:+81 (0)98-895-8113

Email: daisukes[at]lab.u-ryukyu.ac.jp