Curriculum

  • Intensive Intensive Japanese Language  (IJL)
  • Japan and World Perspectives (JWP)
  • Business Track
  • Traditional Arts

Intensive Japanese Language  (IJL)

Created in 1988, the IJL Track has a long history of providing high-quality, intensive Japanese language instruction to international students. Class sizes are kept small, between 10-15 students, allowing our experienced instructors to cater to the needs of each student individually. Learning is not confined to the classroom, and excursions to local festivals and special events allow you a glimpse of Japanese culture unavailable elsewhere in Japan.

Coursework

Language courses in the IJL Track equip you with the skills needed for further study or Japan-related employment by developing balanced language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as socio-cultural awareness associated with the use of the Japanese language. The intensive coursework totals 12 hours per week, more than double that of most university programs abroad, and requires no previous knowledge of the language to apply.

 

Students enrolled in the IJL Track may also take courses offered in English through the Japan and World Perspectives Track and Business Track.

 

 

Admission Requirements for the IJL Track

To be eligible to enroll in the Intensive Japanese Language Track, you must:

 

Meet requirement a) or b)
a) Be enrolled in an institution of higher education for at least one year prior to the commencement of the program
b) Have graduated from an institution of higher education

 

[ Note ]
Students enrolled in this track may elect to take JWP and Business Track courses as well. However, non-native speakers of English who wish to enroll in these courses must have a minimum TOEFL PBT score of 520 or its equivalent.
Basic communication ability in English is required for students with no previous experience with the Japanese language.

Previous Japanese Experience

Courses are offered starting at the Introductory level, meaning that students without any previous experience with the Japanese language can enroll in intensive Japanese courses through the IJL Track of the SKP Program.

Placement Test

A placement test is conducted at the beginning of each semester to determine the Japanese language proficiency and class placement of each student. Class placement is final and may not be changed.

Courses for Advanced Japanese Students

Students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency (JLPT 1/N1 Level) on the initial placement exam at RU will be designated as "Seiki" students. Seiki students will be assigned to Japanese language courses designed for degree-seeking international students, which include Grammar and Writing Expression, Reading and Vocabulary, Listening and Speaking Expression, and other supplemental Japanese language courses depending on seat availability. These courses are usually held once a week, equaling one credit per semester, per course. In addition to Japanese language courses, Seiki students may also take Japanese Studies Courses (subject courses taught in slightly simplified Japanese). These courses include Japanese Linguistics, Japanese Politics, and Japanese Culture and are usually held once a week, equaling two credits per semester, per course.

Exemption Students

Seiki students in their second semester or students who score extremely high on the initial placement exam are classified as "Exemption" students. Exemption students are exempt from taking Japanese language courses required of Seiki students; however, they have the option of enrolling in supplemental language courses including Japanese Composition, Japanese Reading Comprehension, and Japanese Oral Expression. These courses are usually held once a week, equaling one credit per semester, per course. Exemption students may also take Japanese Studies Courses, which are subject courses designed for degree-seeking international students and taught in slightly simplified Japanese. These courses include Japanese Linguistics, Japanese Politics, and Japanese Culture and are usually held once a week, equaling two credits per semester, per course.

Taking Regular University Courses

Seiki and Exemption students may also enroll in regular undergraduate and graduate courses taught in Japanese, subject to the approval of the college or graduate school conducting the course. However, no SKP students may enroll in highly specialized courses including seminar courses, certification courses, language courses other than Japanese, etc.

Introduction to Ritsumeikan Faculties

During the Program, students enroll in a faculty related to their chosen field of study. For a list of the undergraduate faculties available at RU, please click here.