SEISA DOHTO UNIVERSITY School of Japanese Studies

Information for Applications and Admissions

Application Submission Period for October 2024

From overseas:

May. 13th(Mon), 2024 - June. 11th(Tue), 2024

From within Japan:

July. 8th(Mon), 2024 - August. 16th(Fri), 2024

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

* For the admission information of Japanese, check this page.

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 within Japan.

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 Outline

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
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
for JLPT

Subjects 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
Japan: Then and NowⅠ 2 Japanese culture, society, economy, geography etc.
Fundamental Skills(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.
for JLPT
2 Special preparation for Japanese-Language Proficiency Test
Japan: Then and NowⅡ 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

Course Fees

The details of the total cost of School of Japanese Studies for Foreign Students for one academic year is shown below.
(Note: The total fee excludes the application fee and other living expenses.)

Category Fees
Admission Fee 100,000 JPY
Tuition Fee (for 1 year, including off-campus activity fees) 560,000 JPY
International Student Kyosai System Insurances 10,000 JPY
Total 670,000 JPY

Why Study Japanese with Us?

Study Japanese in beautiful Hokkaido!

Our campus is located in Hokkaido where is the northernmost island of Japan. Its beautiful nature and clear four seasons bring joys to our life and these attract lots of tourists from within and outside Japan through a year.

In summer, people enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, motorcycle touring along with nice hot but not humid weather with blue sky. In winter, snow activities such as skiing and snowboarding are available all over Hokkaido and popular winter festivals are held in several cities to entertain both the locals and tourists.

Beautiful nature and tasty fresh foods will never get you bored with the life living in Hokkaido!

Japanese course attached to a university!

There is only a few academic Japanese language preparation courses attached to a university within Hokkaido. Learning in a university campus brings many opportunities to interact with Japanese students through university events and after school activities. Communicating with local people a lot is one of the best ways to improve language skills and understand a different culture.

It is also available to attend the lectures of three faculties of SEISA Dohto University, Management, Social Welfare and Fine Arts, depending on the students' interests.

We believe this feature brings international students more various experience and opportunities than language schools.

Small-sized class structure!

The maximum number of students in one semester is 30. We aim to provide small-sized classes to create a friendly and closely supervising learning environment.

This enables both students and teachers to study comfortably with knowing each other and it helps developing Japanese language skills more smooth and faster than studying in a big-sized class.

Good campus location and life balance!

The campus locates in Kitahiroshima city which is next to Hokkaido's capital, Sapporo city. It is surrounded by rich nature with relaxing environment. On the other hand, only 16 minutes of transportation by train takes us right in the middle of Sapporo city to enjoy urban life too.

Living expense around Kitahiroshima city is relatively cheaper than other big cities in Japan such as Tokyo and Osaka.

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

Admissions Policy / Brochure

Contact for Inquiries

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(Available languages: Japanese, English and Chinese.)