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 course 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 who intend 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 audit or register some classes in Kansai University's regular programs. These include classes in both undergraduate and graduate levels.
・Many graduate and 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 gym. Also, students can join university club activities with prior application screening.
5Students will enjoy life with other students from diverse backgrounds at the Minami-Senri International Plaza Dormitory.The Minami-Senri International Plaza contains a modern educational facility for Bekka students as well as a dormitory equipped with the well-equipped facilities 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, for living 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
In principle, 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 (Ability of Language Expression: Convey and Describe) 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). In principle, 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 2021 year for reference)
|Spring Semester (April – Sept.)||Fall Semester (Sept. – March.)|
April 2, 2021
September 25, 2021
April 1 – 7, 2021
September 21 – 29, 2021
April 8, 2021
September 30, 2021
July 29, 2021
January 31, 2022
July 30～31, 2021
February 1 – 2, 2022
|Intensive Japanese Classes||
Aug 23 - Sep 3, 2021
February 14 - 28, 2022
September 10, 2021
March 11, 2022
September 20, 2021
March 31, 2022
Tuition (Admission of Academic year 2021)
|First Semester||From 2nd Semester|
Students who have an excellent academic record, and who are in need of financial support, will be recommended for "Kansai University Bekka International Exchange Fund Scholarship". This scholarship grants JPY 30,000 per month for total of 10 students (5 students each semester). In addition to this scholarship, students may receive public scholarship or privately funded scholarships.
Regarding Three Policies of Kansai University Japanese Language and Culture Program (Bekka)
Kansai University Japanese Language and Culture Program (Bekka) has formulated Three Policies: Diploma Policy, Curriculum Policy and Admission Policy.
For more information, please see below.
Three Policies of Kansai University Japanese Language and Culture Program (Bekka)