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Japanese Courses

  • Shiga University offers Japanese courses for non-Japanese speakers. These courses can be taken by foreign students (undergraduate students, graduate students, research students, special course auditors, and non-degree students) studying at Shiga University, foreign visiting researchers, foreign faculty members, and other persons specifically designated under the rules of Shiga University.
  • The Japanese language courses at Shiga University are managed by Shiga University International (SUi)
    Japanese courses are given at the Ohtsu Campus and Hikone Campus, but the courses offered are not the same. Be sure to take the Japanese language course suitable for you after fully understanding the characteristics of each course and the campus and times it is offered.

Special Features of Japanese Language Courses at Shiga University

  1. Courses are offered suited for students at every level from elementary to advanced.
  2. They meet the diverse needs of foreign students coming to Japan with various statuses and for different purposes.
    Specifically, three types of lessons are offered to meet the three major needs of foreign students: those who want to acquire basic Japanese language ability, those who wish to smoothly advance to study at the university level, and those who want to learn about present-day Japan and Japanese culture.
  3. They also support education in specialized fields.
    Shiga University has prepared a full slate of academic Japanese language courses, enabling foreign students advancing to specialized courses to select a knowledge area which is each student’s forte as the contents of their lessons.
  4. Instructors with advanced specialized qualifications teach based on a team teaching approach.
    The Japanese language instructors in charge of Japanese language courses at Shiga University provide a high level of specialization in Japanese language education and rich international experience.
  5. Students can earn credits for some of the courses.
    Credits are offered for two regular courses in first year, one in the Faculty of Economics and the other in the Faculty of Education. Credits can also be earned for one course (2 courses over a one year) given by the Graduate School of Economics.

ACADEMIC JAPANESE

Shiga University International (SUi) operates a foreign students preparatory education program called SUIPP, but for the Japanese language courses, it has set up a unique curriculum which, in line with the main goals of the SUIPP program, permits foreign students who have come to Shiga University with various statuses and for different purposes to smoothly begin their studies and daily life in Japan.

    At Shiga University, in addition to foreign students such as regular undergraduate students, who have a certain level of Japanese ability before enrolling, others are exchange foreign students, research students, short-stay researchers and others with very little experience studying Japanese. So, a course called the Basic Course for elementary students has been established to teach Japanese grammar, sentence patterns, vocabulary, daily conversation and characters. It has been planned for efficient study of the basics of four skills comprehensively in a short time.

    Academic Courses have been prepared to help foreign students with a certain Japanese language ability by smoothing their advance to specialized education in the fields of economics and education. The Academic Courses, which are Academic-Intermediate for foreign students mainly at the undergraduate level and Academic-Advanced for foreign students mainly at the graduate school level, can meet a wide range of needs. These courses are designed so that the foreign students can concentrate on boosting the skills each student needs, by offering a rich variety of lessons, each specializing in one skill necessary for study and research activities: listening to lectures, reading specialized texts, writing reports, giving presentations, and increasing their specialized vocabularies.
    Credits are given for some of the academic Japanese language courses given by the undergraduate departments and graduate school departments.

    Activity Courses are activity oriented Japanese language courses for independent study of Japanese daily life, culture, and communication with Japanese matched to all foreign student’s personnel interests, regardless of each student’s Japanese language ability. These courses incorporate experiences and interviewing outside the campus and so on to enhance each student’s ability to use Japanese while enjoying interaction with living Japan, and deepening their knowledge of Japan and of Shiga Prefecture with its rich natural setting and historical legacy.

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