Center for Japanese Language Education,the University of Tokyo

Comparison of "General Course" and "Intensive Japanese Course"

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The following table shows the differences between these two courses.

  General Course
"Comprehensive Japanese"
"Specific Japanese"
Intensive Japanese Course
Eligibility (1)International students of the University of Tokyo
(2)Visiting researchers of the University of Tokyo
(3)Spouses of (1)and(2)
  International students of the University of Tokyo  
Japanese proficiency levels Elementary to advanced levels
(9 classes)
Elementary to upper intermediate levels
(4 classes)
No. of lessons per week
(1 lesson = 100 minutes)
3(elementary to intermediate) lessons to 2(advanced) (No. of lessons differs depending on the class.) 12(elementary) lessons to 4(upper intermediate) lessons (No. of lessons differs depending on the class.)
No. of students per class (average) About 20 to 30 About 10
Description To improve Japanese language ability comprehensively (offering also Kanji, Intermediate Japanese for Communication and other classes.) To improve Japanese language ability comprehensively.
Strictness of the course Not very hard (no assignments). Strict, both on attendance and assignments.
Suitable for: Those who do not have much time to study Japanese Those who do have enough time to study Japanese
Requirements for enrollment None Must attend all lessons of the class. Need to obtain approval from your academic advisor.
How to Apply The applicant (or proxy) must apply at the International Center With the consent and signature of your academic advisor, apply at each graduate course within the specified period.
Level check before enrollment Applicants should take the Japanese Proficiency level check on the website. Interview and a written test are given by the center staff.
Selection test


(first-come-first-served basis)

Yes (Interview and a written test as mentioned in above)
Selection of a class Applicants decide based on their own judgment If an applicant is accepted, the center will decide the most suitable class according to the results of the interview and test.



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