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(1) Structure of Japanese language courses

CIE offers an array of Japanese language courses in order to cater for all types of international students. The courses range from basic to advanced. While basic courses allow the student to acquire fundamental language skills, intermediate and advanced courses allow the student to reach the proficiency level that is necessary to attend regular university classes or conduct research in Japanese. The courses are divided into 8 proficiency levels and are designed for different categories of students. Each level comprises several courses catering for different language skills. All the courses have three-digit codes. The first digit indicates the course level, the second digit indicates the campus, and the third digit refers to the course content. The second digit 0 refers to courses offered at the Nishi-Chiba campus, 1 refers to courses offered at the Matsudo campus, 2 refers to courses offered at the Inohana campus and 3 refers to online courses which are open to international students studying on all the university campuses.

Table1 Japanese language courses at all campuses

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Aims Level and
course code
Elegible students Campus
Nishi -Chiba
Matsudo (1) Inohana (2)
Advanced language skills required to study or research in Japanese Advanced 8xx regular undergraduate, exchange undergraduate & J-PAC students
Intermediate 6xx All students
5xx J-PAC students, intensive program students, Japan-Korea Program students, graduate and research students, specialized students, exchange research students, exchange students, researchers
Basic language skills Pre- intermediate 3xx
Basic 2xx

(2) Registration priority

Students who can attend Japanese language courses for full semester, such those who are admitted to Chiba University on the condition that they should take the Intensive Japanese Language Course and those who need credits for Japanese language courses as a requirement from their home institutions will be given priority in the registration process.

Research students, specialized students, exchange research students and exchange students other than J-PAC students are required to submit Eligibility Application for Japanese Language Courses (EAJ) in order to register Japanese 1xx-6xx courses. The registration system will automatically reject students without EAJ.


Intensive Japanese Language Course



Chiba University
Center for
International Education

1-33, Yayoi-cho, Inage-ku,
Chiba-shi, Chiba, 263-8522 Japan
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