Kyushu University

Founded in 1911, Kyushu University (九州大学) is one of the seven imperial universities in Japan and has been a leader in education and research not just in Japan but throughout Asia. The university has 11 undergraduate departments and 18 graduate schools with their affiliated research centers. Located in Fukuoka, the gateway of Kyushu, approximately 19,000 students -of which over 10% are international students- are engaged in studies at Kyushu University.

Kyushu University
Kyushu University Ito Campus during Summer 2015 By Jtpfbardon [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

Japanese Language and Culture Course (JLCC)

The International Student Center at Kyushu University provides the Japanese Language and Culture Course (JLCC) for students who wish to gain a deeper understanding of Japanese society and culture while improving their Japanese language skills for conducting research in the area of Japanese studies.

Besides the various kinds of Japanese classes (writing, speaking, kanji vocabulary, reading etc.) that are available, students are required to complete classes such as ‘Independent Study Project (ISP)’, ‘Japanese Language and Linguistics’ and ‘Japanese Culture and Society’ offered in the International Student Center, as well as take at least four credits from electives which best suit their academic interests and Japanese proficiency levels. These elective classes are offered by undergraduate schools at Kyushu University and include Literature, Economics, and Law as well as General Education.

JLCC Students Interacting with Locals of Harukaze Community Center, Itoshima City Source:

The course also provides students with opportunities to go on study trips to Japanese cultural sites and participate in other activities to have close contact with Japanese culture, history, and nature.  In addition, Kyushu University invites scholars and journalists to give a series of guest-lectures on selected topics in order to better meet students’needs.

The  Japanese Language and Culture Course at Kyushu University have been highly praised as a short-term program taught in Japanese. The JLCC has enjoyed high satisfaction rates from participants and many JLCC participants proceeded to further their studies at Kyushu University graduate schools and/or at other academic institutions in Japan. Some also successfully obtained jobs at Japanese companies.

Overview of the JLCC Curriculum at Kyushu University  (top: in Japanese; bottom: in English) 

The upcoming program period is from early October 2019 to August 2020 and orientation will be held in late September 2019.

Enrollment: 40 (including Monbukagakusho Scholarship recipients and privately-funded students)

(Embassy Recommended Students: about 5)

(University Recommended Students: about 2)

Headquarters of Kyushu University on Hakozaki Campus. Source:


According to the International Student Center at Kyushu University, applicants must fulfill both of the following conditions:

  1. Be registered as undergraduates and majoring in Japanese studies at their home institution. (first-year students may not participate.)
  2. Have completed intermediate Japanese language courses and be ready to take classes offered in Japanese at Kyushu University.

Also, it is preferable for candidates to have passed Level N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test or possess the equivalent proficiency in the Japanese language.


There are three ways to apply to JLCC as stated below.

A) Through recommendation by a Japanese Embassy

B) Through recommendation by your home university

C) Through Direct Application

For more detailed information on application and related matters, click here.


Tuition Waiver & Scholarship

Applicants who are recommended by a Japanese Embassy will be exempt from paying tuition fee at Kyushu University.  Also, MEXT will provide a scholarship stipend of 117,000 yen per month (as of October, 2017).

Applicants who are nominated by your home university as an exchange student under a student exchange agreement that includes a tuition waiver clause with Kyushu University will also be exempt from paying tuition fees.  Students may also apply for a JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) International Student Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan with a monthly stipend of 80,000 yen.


Kyushu University Dormitories are available for those participating in the Japanese Language Culture Course while they are enrolled. For details of these facilities, please visit the official website for International Student & Researcher Support Center at Kyushu University.

Kyushu University Dormitory 1

Kyushu University Dormitory offers fully furnished rooms equipped with a bathroom, a toilet, a desk, a bookshelf, a bed, a closet, a refrigerator, internet connectivity and air-conditioning.

Though not provided by the University, JLCC students may also apply for host family program such as the following: 

福岡国際交流協会 (Rainbow Cyber Net)

ヒッポファミリークラブ(Hippo Family Club) 西日本


For more information on the JLCC, visit the JLCC website here.

For the list of Kyushu University’s Partner Institutions. click here.