This page is applicable to 2017 curriculum undergraduate students

Japanese Language

Many of the international students who enroll at APU have never spoken a word of Japanese before arriving at an airport in Japan. However, within the period of just a few short years, these same students are able to interact with their Japanese friends, take lectures in Japanese and even find employment in major Japanese corporations.

This substantial language ability does not, however, come without a lot of hard work and study. Luckily, our students are not alone in their struggles - the Japanese language education program at APU assists students through the phases of their studies, from basic hiragana characters to complex sentence structures and beyond.

For those who are going to enroll in APU, you are required to complete the pre-enrollment assignment before you start learning in APU. Please complete the following assignment, print it out and bring it with you to Japan. Besides, for students who are not able to understand in Hiragana and Katakana, you are essential to undergo a 1-week long intensive hiragana and katakana training session after your arrival, which teaches the two basic writing systems of the Japanese language. With these preparations, students are able to start their classes with a basic understanding of the Japanese writing system.

The standard Japanese language curriculum is made up of six levels, from Japanese Foundation Course I through to Advanced Japanese Course. Interested students may also choose to take more specialized Japanese subjects such as Career Japanese, Japanese Language and Culture, and Japanese Project classes.

Language Proficiency Testing

APU encourages students to test their language skills through objective examinations such as the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) or the Business Japanese Proficiency Test (BJT).

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APU Japanese Pre-enrollment Assignment

By studying Japanese in advance before enrolling, you will be able to continue your learning at APU more smoothly.
Please print out the following assignment, fill in by hand, and bring it with you to Japan.
*If you will not be able to arrive in Japan, please consult with your Japanese teacher after the class has started.

Required Japanese subject Timetable for 2020 Fall semester students

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