Japanese Language and Culture Studies Course

Course Details

This one-year (11 months) course is designed to help undergraduate students of Japanese language and culture develop their Japanese language proficiency, and to provide basic knowledge about Japanese culture and research methodologies for their future study and research on Japanese language and culture.
Students are placed in the most appropriate level of Japanese class according to their language ability. A variety of culture classes and field trips are offered to suit students' research interests and each student will be appointed an academic supervisor to meticulously guide them in completing their thesis. Not a few students finished this course came back to Japan to study through master courses in Japanese University.


Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship for 2021 Course Guide of Japanese Studies Program
※English courseguide was issued until 2021. From 2022, please refer to the Japanese one.

Acceptable Student Number & Period


Acceptable Student Number

10 students


October - August (11 months)

Subjects of the Course


*Required subjects, per week (each class 90 minuets).
A minimum of 40 credits must be earned.

SubjectAutumn SemesterSpring SemesterSubtotal
Japanese ( Regular ) 5(5) - 5(5)
General Subjects for Japanese Students - 3(6) 3(6)
Japanese ( Reading ) 1(2) 1(2) 2(4)
Japanese ( Writing ) 1(2) 1(2) 2(4)
Japanese ( Oral ) 1(2) 1(2) 2(4)
Japanese ( Listening ) 1(2) - 1(2)
Japanese Circumstances C1 1(2) - 1(2)
Overview of Japanese Literature 1(2) - 1(2)
Local Field Study – Discover Gifu 1(2) - 1(2)
Introduction to Linguistics - 1(2) 1(2)
Easy Steps to Japanese Culture - 1(2) 1(2)
Thesis Supervision - 1(1) 1(1)
Final Thesis - (4) (4)
Total 12(19) 9(21) 21(40)

Elective subjects are also provided. Titles of subjects are subject to change.

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Japanese Language Subjects

The "Japanese (Comprehensive)" class aims to develop the student's overall proficiency in Japanese, including grammar, vocabulary, oral/aural comprehension abilities, and writing skills. Other independent classes focus on the four important skills of reading comprehension, academic skills in writing the thesis, oral presentation skills for discussion and seminar presentation, and listening skills to understand lectures given in Japanese.

Japanese Culture Subjects

The culture classes enable students to learn about various aspects of Japanese culture. Students are encouraged to compare Japanese culture with their own cultures in order to appreciate the differences and similarities between them. A acknowledgement and recognition of such differences and similarities can be further enhanced by discussion with Japanese students. Developing this awareness of the importance of cultural understanding will lead to selection of a thesis topic in the Spring Semester.


Academic staff members below of the Center for Japanese Language and Culture offer individual supervision on academic matters and student welfare at Gifu University. If necessary depending on the students' research topic, other academic staff members of the Center and other faculties are available for additional support.

Chief Supervisor
TSUCHIYA Momoko Center for Japanese Language and Culture Professor Japanese Literature

Support Staff

Other academic staff members from the Center, and from the Faculty of Regional Studies, and Faculty of Education are included as support staff.

Field Trips


Several field trips within Gifu Prefecture (Gifu city, Gujo city, etc.) are included in the Course to deepen the students' understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture. Students contribute to Gujo city to promote Inbound tourism by activities such as monitoring tour plans, having discussions with staff members of the local government. They also take roles of international exchange in Gifu city and Gifu Prefecture. The University also offers a field trip for overseas students.

Requirements for Completing of the Course / Certificate of Completion


A certificate of completion will be issued upon satisfactory completion of the Course (all required and some elective classes).


Transfer credits can be arranged by negotiation with the students' home universities.


Gifu University International House was established to provide accommodation for international students. Accommodation at the International House will be provided to students of this course.

International House Building A and B