Summary and Characteristics
An introduction of the program’s unique and characteristic curriculum.
1Students will improve their ability to develop Japanese language proficiency and critical thinking skills needed for studying at undergraduate and graduate school level.Japanese undergraduate and graduate schools expect students to have Japanese language competency to conduct academic studies. They also seek international students who demonstrate a high level of logical, analytical, and critical thinking skills coupled with practical ability in the Japanese language. Our program will provide a variety of classes to develop basic academic abilities and thinking skills in Japanese. Students can develop these skills by enrolling in classes which meet their needs while improving their Japanese language proficiency.
2Students will develop Japanese language proficiency and the ability to process information.ICT (Information and Communication Technology) is an essential part of daily and university life in comtemporary Japanese society. ICT is the core of Bekka education and it offers extensive learning opportunities with e-learning in and out of the classrooms. Students will develop information literacy skills as well as Japanese language proficiency.
3Students will be assisted to continue their studies at Kansai University after the Japanese Language and Culture Program
- There are several systems available for the students to study at Kansai University. They are as follows:
・Those students who have sufficient Japanese proficiency to understand lecturers at university level are able to enroll for some classes in Kansai University's regular programs. These include classes at both undergraduate and graduate programs.
・Many graduate schools and some of the undergraduate programs offer entrance examinations for candidates recommended by Bekka.
・Financial aid which constitutes a 50% reduction in the admission fee is also available to bekka students who intend to proceed to Kansai University after the Program.
4Students will become a part of the Kansai University community.Students enrolled in the Bekka will be immersed in school life as a member of the Kansai University community. Students will learn the Japanese language and culture in the university environment, and experience Japanese society through their daily life.
Each student will be issued with student ID to use facilities at Kansai University such as the library, IT Center, and sports facilities. Also, students can audit or register for some classes in Kansai University’s regular program, and join university club activities with prior permission.
5Students will enjoy life with other students from diverse backgrounds at the Minami-Senri International Plaza Dormitory.The Minami-Senri International Plaza contains a state-of-the art educational facility for Bekka students as well as a dormitory for international students. All Bekka students who wish to live in this dormitory are eligble to do so for one year. Resident assistants selected from regular students at Kansai University are assigned to each unit in order to support dormitory residents.
6Students will develop intercultural flexibility through cultural exchange with people from the local community.Minami-Senri International Plaza will be a venue for study, and also for cultural exchange with people from the local community. Students will develop intercultural flexibility and learn how to live together within the Japanese community, as well as sharing their own cultures through attending activities at the “Intercultural Exchange Plaza”.
First GroupCredits : 2 (each)
Japanese Language Class
These courses are designed to develop the four basic language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) in accordance with the student’s linguistic ability (level of Japanese proficiency). The program also provides some classes to prepare Bekka students for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and Examinations for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU).
*A placement test will be conducted in order to decide which level each student will begin.
General Reading Written/ Oral Expressions Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 JapaneseⅠ JapaneseⅡ JapaneseⅢ JapaneseⅣ JapaneseⅤ JapaneseⅥ
Second GroupCredits : 2 (each)
Special Lectures or Seminar
For students who are enrolled in the First Group Japanese Language Class Level 4, or those who have a higher Japanese language proficiency level, the program provides special training in order to develop knowledge about technical terms and academic skills. In the Academic Japanese classes, students will work on writing coherent reports, and delivering oral presentations utilizing appropriate academic expressions.
Academic Japanese Classes Intensive Japanese LectureAⅠ, BⅠ (Writing Procedures for Reports) Ⅰ (JLPT Preparation)AⅡ, BⅡ (Developing Ability to Give Presentations) Ⅱ (EJU Preparation)AⅢ (Developing Basic Academic Literacy),BⅢ(Developing Practical Academic Literacy Ⅲ (Graduate Entrance Exam. Preparations)
Third GroupCredits : 4
The program is designed to develop understanding of basic knowledge required in every day life in Japan through lectures and other activities. The Third Group classes are intended for those students who are enrolled in Level 3 and 4 in the First Group: Japanese Language Course.Japan Studies
Fourth GroupCredits : 4 (each)
Japanese and the World
The programs uses documents to conduct in-depth studies on Japanese politics, society, economics, geography and history. This course also provides preparation for the “Japanese and the World” topic in the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU). The Fourth Group classes are intended for those students who are enrolled in Level 4 or higher in the First Group: Japanese Language Class.Japanese & the World Ⅰ, Ⅱ(EJU Preparations)
Fifth GroupCredits : 4 (each)
This class is designed to enhance academic ability that is required in academic studies at undergraduate or graduate school such as English, mathematics, and science. EnglishⅡandⅢ offers prepartion for TOEIC and TOEFL.EnglishⅠ (Basic General)
MathematicsⅠ (EJU Preparation)EnglishⅡ (Intermediate:TOEIC/TOEFL Preparation) MathematicsⅡ (EJU Preparation)EnglishⅢ (Upper Intermediate to Advanced:TOEIC/TOEFL Preparation) Physics (EJU Preparation) Chemistry (EJU Preparation) Biology (EJU Preparation)
Students who enrolled in the Bekka program for a calendar year, and have earned 32 or more credits, will be recognized as having completed the program and will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Academic Calendar (academic 2017 year for reference)
|Spring Semester (April – Sept.)||Fall Semester (Sept. – March.)|
April 3, 2017
September 22, 2017
April 1 – 6, 2017
September 21 – 30, 2017
April 7, 2017
October 2, 2017
July 27, 2017
January 31, 2018
July 28 – 31, 2017
February 1 – 2, 2018
|Intensive Japanese Exercises||
Aug. 21 - Sep. 2, 2017
February 13 - 26, 2018
September 8, 2017
March 13, 2018
September 20, 2017
March 31, 2018
Tuition (Admission of Academic year 2018)
|First Semester||From 2nd Semester|
Students who have an excellent academic record, and who are in need of financial support, will be recommended for following scholarships.
Kansai University International Exchange Fund Scholarship
This scholarship grants JPY180,000 per student per year for total of 10 students (5 students each semester).
Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students
This scholarship will be offered by JASSO (Japan Association of Student Services Organization). Recipients will be granted JPY48,000 per month for up to one year. In 2016, two students from Bekka were awarded the grants.