School of Japanese Studies
for Foreign Students

Information for Applications and Admissions

Application Subbmission Period for April 2018


From overseas: October 2nd, 2017 - November 2nd, 2017


From within Japan: January 9th, 2018 - January 29th, 2018


** Application Guidelines are available in the section of "Admissions Policy / Brochure" below **

About the Course

School of Japanese Studies for Foreign Students at SEISA Dohto University has been set up for the international students whose objective is acquiring Japanese language skills to enter or transfer to SEISA Dohto University or other universities or furtherer our consociated school, Japan Professional School of Education.

The level of this course is a university preparation level and students will study “Japanese language”, “Japanese culture” and “Japanese circumstances” in addition to the required basic subjects.

Students can learn not only the Japanese language skills require for their further study in universities but also can learn wide ranged faculty related subjects of SEISA Dohto University depending on their interests at the same time.

Course Outiline

The main objective of this course is developing Japanese language skills. Students can expand their Japanese knowledge through the course starting to learn the four main skills, which are Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, and grammar and advanced vocabularies including Kanji.

The lectures will be conducted in small sized classes in addition to the two class level settings. This will allow us to provide thorough personal teaching environment.

Length of Study

The academic year for this course is one year and it is consists of two semesters.

Semesters 1st Semester 2nd Semester
October Start From October to March From April to September
April Start From April to September From October to March

Class Levels

There are two levels for the classes, Basic Level and Advanced Level.
The placement test will be conducted at the beginning of each semester.

Level Objectives
Advance ・ Japanese Language Proficiency Test: Level N1
(Approximately Kanji 2,000 words and vocabulary 10,000 words)
・ J・TEST Grade C (Score higher than 600)
Basic ・ Japanese Language Proficiency Test: Level N2
(Approximately Kanji 1,000 words and vocabulary 6,000 words)
・ J・TEST Grade D (Score more than 550)

Completion Requirements

 It is required to fulfill three requirements to complete the course and obtain the certificate. The students fulfilled the requirements below will be awarded “Completion Certificate of SEISA Dohto University, School of Japanese Studies for Foreign Students”. There might be a possibility to get disciplinary punishments if the students do not attend the classes regular according to the university regulations.

Requirements Details
Sufficient Credits More than 42 credits in total
Class Attendance More than 90% of attendance at each subject
Exam Pass Marks More than 60% at each exam

Class Timetable

Semester 1

Class Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 – 9:50 VocabularyⅠ VocabularyⅠ VocabularyⅠ VocabularyⅠ VocabularyⅠ
10:00 – 10:50 GrammarⅠ ReadingⅠ GrammarⅠ ReadingⅠ GrammarⅠ
11:00 – 11:50 SpeakingⅠ ListeningⅠ WritingⅠ ListeningⅠ WritingⅠ
12:55 – 14:25 Japanese
AffairsⅠ
SpeakingⅠ
(Individual)
Foundation
Subject
Foundation
Subject
Prep.Ⅰ
for JLPT

Semester 2

Class Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 – 9:50 VocabularyⅡ VocabularyⅡ VocabularyⅡ VocabularyⅡ VocabularyⅡ
10:00 – 10:50 GrammarⅡ ReadingⅡ GrammarⅡ ReadingⅡ GrammarⅡ
11:00 – 11:50 SpeakingⅡ ListeningⅡ WritingⅡ ListeningⅡ WritingⅡ
12:55 – 14:25 Japanese
AffairsⅡ
SpeakingⅡ
(Individual)
Faculty
Subjects
Faculty
Subjects
Prep.Ⅱ
for JLPT

Class Overview and Objectives

The curriculum has been developed to allow students to acquire Japanese language at a reasonable speed and quantity by considering the balance between subjects and learning efficiency. There set up two different levels specifically for the following subjects; vocabularies, reading and listening. This enables us to provide thorough personal teaching by grasping the learning progress of each student.

Semester 1

Subjects Credits Contents and Objectives
VocabularyⅠ 5 Advance: To obtain the knowledge of kanji 2,000 words and vocabulary 10,000 words
Basic: To obtain the knowledge of kanji between 800 and 1,000 words and
vocabulary 6,000 words
GrammarⅠ 3 To acquire the basic use of sentence structure and pattern, conjugation, postpositional particles, auxiliary verb and affix.
ReadingⅠ 2 Advance: To acquire the skill to read newspaper and magazine articles and simple criticism and understand the sentence structure and contents.
Basic: To acquire the ability to read articles written about ordinal topics and
understand the sentence structure and contents.
SpeakingⅠ 3 To use acquired vocabulary and grammar within daily conversations.
ListeningⅠ 2 Advance: To acquire the ability to understand conversations and news spoken in almost natural speed.
Basic: To acquire the ability to understand daily conversations spoken in
almost natural speed.
WritingⅠ 2 To obtain the ability to write simple sentences with using the acquired knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
Preparation for JLPT 2 Special preparation for Japanese-Language Proficiency Test
Japanese
AffairsⅠ
2 Japanese culture, society, economy, geography etc.
Foundation Subjectts (SEMⅠ) 4 Basic subjects of admission exams for foreign students

Semester 2

Subjects Credits Contents and Objectives
VocabularyⅡ 5 Advance: To acquire the ability to use and understand proper nouns, technical terms and abbreviations of Roman letters.
Basic: To obtain the knowledge of kanji 1,500 words and 8,000 vocabulary.
GrammarⅡ 3 To acquire the skill to understand and use wide ranged Japanese depending on situations and intentions in addition to the basic grammar knowledge.
ReadingⅡ 2 Advance: To acquire the ability to understand and summarize specialized sentences and long texts.
Basic: To acquire the skills to understand the outlines of simple criticisms
and novels.
SpeakingⅡ 3 To acquire the ability to make a short speech and discuss with the obtained vocabulary and grammar.
ListeningⅡ 2 Advance: To understand the outlines of short lectures and expert discussions.
Basic: To understand daily conversations spoken in natural speed and short
news stories.
WritingⅡ 2 To acquire the ability to write sentences with obtained vocabulary and grammar skills depending on the situations and purposes.
Preparation
for JLPT
2 Special preparation for Japanese-Language Proficiency Test
Japanese
AffairsⅡ
2 Japanese culture, society, economy, geography etc.
Faculty Subjects 4 Select subjects from the following university faculties;  Faculty of Management, Social Welfare and Fine Arts

School Activities

Various school activities are prepared to learn both Japanese language and culture.

For instance, watching matches of the local sports teams such as baseball, soccer and basketball, and various Japanese cultural experiences such as trip to hot spas, 'hanami' which is a picnic with seeing cherry blossoms in its season, 'mochitsuki' which is sticky rice cake pounding, 'momijigari' which is watching autumn colored leaves.

Furthermore, international students are free to involve in ordinal university activities, for example after school sports or cultural activities and volunteer activities. They can also participate in SEISA Dohto University's events such as the university festival. These activities will provide good opportunities for the foreign students to deepen their understandings on not only Japanese language but also society and culture.

Life in Japan

Houses around SEISA Dohto University

Unfortunately, there is no accommodations available for the students, however there are many apartments in Kitahiroshima city and its surrounding cities such as Sapporo.

Approximate rents are; from 34,000 yen in Kitahiroshima city and from 27,000 yen in Sapporo city. For those who are newly arrived in Japan for studying at SEISA Dohto University and School of Japanese Studies, we will arrange the pickup from the New Chitose Air Port and accommodation hunting support.

Cost of Living in Hokkaido

The cost of living except for tuition fees is about between 70,000 yen to 100,000 yen per month which includes rent, food expenses, textbooks, medical fees, communication cost and transportation expenses.

Part-Time Jobs in Japan

International students are permitted to have a part-time job up to 28 hours in a week during each semester and 8 hours a day during summer and winter school holidays with some restrictions on occupational types. Students with a granted “Study” visa need to apply for “Permission to Engage in Activity other than that Permitted” before start working in Japan.

Medical Care Expenditures in Japan

National Health Insurance is one of the Japanese social health insurance system operated by municipalities. It costs about 14,000 yen per year for one person, however it covers 70% of total medical expenses when we had to see a doctor and get treatments. All the foreigners who will stay in Japan for more than three months need to join the insurance.

Admissions Policy / Brochure

Contact for Inquiries

For more information and inquries, please contact us below.
(Available languages: Japanese, English and Chinese.)

Inqury Contact for International Students, kokusai@dohto.ac.jp, +81-11-372-3111