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Japan Program at Chiba(J-PAC)

J-PAC (Japan Program at Chiba) is offered to undergraduate students from academic institutions with which Chiba University has university-level student exchange agreements, and whose academic interest is in the area of Japanese culture and society. J-PAC is divided into two programs; International Liberal Arts Program, which offers to students irrespective of their area of specialization, and Japanese Studies Program, which is designed for students who specialize in Japanese studies at their universities. Both can accommodate students for five terms, i.e. for two semesters from October to early August, for two terms either from October to February (i.e. Fall semester) or from April to early August (i.e. Spring semester).

Applicants should send their completed applications through their home institutions.

Note that J-PAC is NOT a language course for students whose only aim is to improve their Japanese language skills.

(1) International Liberal Arts Program

(a) Aims

This program is for those students who have already acquired some Japanese language skills and are interested in Japanese society and culture, irrespective of their area of specialization. It includes a number of courses in Liberal Arts, where Japan serves both as an example and reference point for multidimensional analysis, and where local students and international exchange students from various countries form joint classes in active collaborative effort. It is envisaged that through such collaborative learning they will deepen their understanding of Japan and gain new viewpoints on their native cultures and societies, and acquire the ability to think about global problems from multiple perspectives and solve them irrespective of language barriers and different behavioral patterns.

(b) Characteristics

This program welcomes students from science and engineering as well as students from humanities. Students can choose subjects according to their interests and concerns. Courses are offered to attain the following four goals:

  1. to deepen understanding of Japanese society and culture;
  2. to participate in courses in the areas of Chiba University's greatest strengths;
  3. to promote intercultural understanding through exchanges with Chiba University students;
  4. to acquire sufficient proficiency in the Japanese language for daily life and university study.

A number of courses will be offered in English, including courses where both Japanese and English will be used, and especially for international students so the student will be able to select courses that match his/her language level. The courses offered in this program feature collaborative learning, where classes are split into smaller groups, in which students collaborate and learn from each other while working on a given task, thus making classes of their own.

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(c) Conditions of application

Applicants must be at least second year students at the time of application and should demonstrate sufficient English ability to communicate and to take courses taught in English. They have studied Japanese language for at least 50 contact hours at a recognized educational institution or self-learning, and those students who do not meet the required number of hours of Japanese language learning before their arrival in Japan will be asked to complete a Japanese language course online.

(d) Completion of the program

A certificate of completion will be issued to those students who have acquired at least ten credits in each semester (from October to February and/or from April to early August) and have attended at least six classes per week in each term.

(2) Japanese Studies Program

(a) Aims

This program is designed for those international students who specialize in Japanese studies at their universities, and who wish to study about Japan in the Japanese language. It is envisaged that using Japanese to obtain knowledge in the subjects of their interest will give the students a deeper knowledge of the language itself, and at the same time, through collaborative learning effort in a multicultural environment, will make it possible for them to view Japan from many different perspectives. The students are expected to acquire the fundamental skills essential for conducting individual research into their specific areas of Japanese studies.

(b) Characteristics

Students can take Japanese language courses according to their levels of proficiency and attend courses in Japanese Studies together with Japanese undergraduate students. They can also choose from a variety of specialized lectures and seminars offered at different faculties depending on their interests, concerns and Japanese language levels.

At the same time, students are expected to carry out their own research projects using the Japanese language. They are advised to take Research Work (Humanities) A and B, the courses specifically designed to help them pursue their research projects, and submit a research paper, or to enroll in a project-type course, such as work on preparing an exhibition leaflet at the National Museum of Japanese History in the student's native languages (Research Work (Humanities) C and D). In either case the students gain an active learning experience, which goes far beyond acquiring knowledge in the classroom.

The students are encouraged to participate in the Universal Festival, an event where students from different areas of the world introduce their countries and cultures to the audience, and to engage in joint events with Japanese primary schools in the vicinity of Chiba University. Both projects help the students practice how to deliver their thoughts in the Japanese language, and are meant to broaden their relationships with the local Japanese community.

Those students who are interested in and want to focus on a specific area of Japanese studies with the intent to pursue their academic interests in the future may apply for funding (scholarship) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT). We accept several students recommended by embassies every year. Note that Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship (nikkensei) can only enroll from October to August in the following year (eleven months).

Chiba University Japanese Studies Program for International Students
(c) Conditions of application

Applicants must be at least second year students and should have Japanese language proficiency at least equivalent to the N2 of JLPT.

(d) Completion of the program

To be granted a Certificate of Completion at this program one has to have acquired at least ten credits in each semester (from October to February and/or from April to early August) and have attended at least six classes per week in each term. MEXT scholarship students have to acquire at least nine credits in each semester and must additionally submit a final essay of 6,000-9,000 characters.


To be eligible to apply for International Liberal Arts Program or to apply for Japanese Studies Program with a recommendation from their university, students must be enrolled in an institution of higher education that has concluded an inter-university agreement with Chiba University. Students should send completed applications to Chiba University to be received by March 10, for admission to the program beginning in October and September 10 for admission to the program beginning in April.


Japan Program at Chiba
Chiba University
1-33 Yayoi-cho, Inage-ku, Chiba-shi  263-8522 Japan
TEL: +81-(0)43-290-2199 / FAX: +81-(0)43-290-2198


Intensive Japanese Language Course



Chiba University
Center for
International Education

1-33, Yayoi-cho, Inage-ku,
Chiba-shi, Chiba, 263-8522 Japan
Tel. +81-43-290-2197
Fax. +81-43-290-2198