• RSJP and RWJP are programs consisting of two major subjects. Participants are enrolled in an intensive Japanese language class which provides them with a thorough introduction to the language. Students also participate in Japan Studies classes to learn about Japanese culture and take part in fieldwork excursions. The following is an example of the weekly schedule during the program period.


1st Period

2nd Period
3rd Period
Japanese Language Class

Japan Studies

Japan Studies

Japan Studies

*Please be aware that all schedules are subject to change.

Japanese Language Classes

All classes will be conducted at the Kinugasa Campus in Kyoto. Language classes are conducted for three hours every weekday morning, providing a thorough introduction to the Japanese language. Although particular emphasis is placed on oral communication skills, the program maintains an overall balance between conversation, reading, and writing, thus providing a solid foundation for future studies of the Japanese language.

Level Description
・Never studied before
・Able to read Hiragana and Katakana
*The Introductory class will be available for RSJP2 and RWJP, not for RSJP1.
*Minimum number of participants for this class is 10. When a minimum number of participants is not achieved, the Introductory class will not be offered.
Beginners I
・About 150 hours of previous study
・Able to read and write Hiragana, and carry out conversation using simple sentences and words
・Completed Genki L1 - L5, NAKAMA I CH1 - CH5, Minna no Nihongo L1 - L13
Beginners II
・About 250 hours of previous study
・Able to carry out conversations using simple sentences and words. Has studied Kanji. 
・Completed Genki L6 - L12, NAKAMA I CH6 - CH11, Minnna no Nihongo L14 - L25
Beginners III
・About 300 hours of previous study
・Knowledge of 200 kanji. Able to read sentences containing Kanji.
・Completed Genki L13 - L23, NAKAMA II CH1 - CH11, Minna no Nihongo L26 - L50
Intermediate I
・About 450 hours of previous study
・Completed beginner level textbook such as Genki, Minna no Nihongo, etc.
Intermediate II
・About 550 hours of previous study
・Have started studying with intermediate level textbook such as Intermediate Japanese, Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese, etc.
・More than 750 hours of previous study
・In process of or have completed intermediate level Japanese, Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese, Shin Nihongo no Chukyu etc.

*Class offering is subject to a sufficient number of participants with similar level of Japanese language proficiency.
*Even in cases in which a student requests a class change in order to meet the requirements of their home university's credit transfer policy, students may not move up or down in level without the teacher's permission. To ensure that students can study in an environment that maximizes their learning, they must take classes that are appropriate to their level.
*The textbooks indicated in the table above are reference purposes only, for the level of each Japanese class.

Japan Studies

Lectures focus on topics such as business, history, sociology, and traditional culture. In addition to having the chance to become more familiar with the finer aspects of Japanese culture in class, students also have the opportunity to take part in various fieldwork activities to reinforce what they have learned in class.