Japanese language proficiency is key to living in and enjoying Japan. If you can understand everyday Japanese conversations, it is very convenient for shopping and helps you make friends and build ties in Japan. Many of our international students and scholars try to study some Japanese before they come to NAIST, but there are also the following options in which they may participate in to improve their Japanese communication skills.
Japanese Class for Beginners
"Japanese Class for Beginners I" and "Japanese Class for Beginners II (1)" are offered as common subjects for all graduate schools from October to December. Although they are not required subjects, new students are highly recommended to take these classes as they aim to teach easy and simple Japanese for newly arrived international students.
Those who complete one of the above classes can take "Japanese Class for Beginners II (2)" held in the following semester, from April to June.
Volunteer Japanese Classes (On-campus)
The Network Ikoma provides Japanese classes for International students, scholars and their families on a volunteer basis at NAIST. Classes are held twice a week on campus and are for beginner to advanced level students. There are no tuition fees required for these classes. You may contact the International Affairs Division for class schedules and openings.
Japanese Lunch Group
The Japanese Lunch Group is an opportunity international students and scholars to practice and improve their Japanese speaking and listening skills in a friendly and supportive environment. The group meets once a week, and you can contact the International Affairs Division for more information about the group and openings.
ISTA Habataki Japanese Class
Japanese language classes are also offered by the Ikoma Board of Education at the following locations
Kita Community Center ISTA Habataki
（From Kintetsu Gakken Kita Ikoma Station, take the bus for Tomio Station and get off at Mayumibashi）
Every Thursday from 18:30 to 20:00
Ikoma City Library
Every Saturday from 18:00 to 19:30
- Contact information for both classes: Human Rights Education Division
- Tel: 0743-74-1111 （Ext. 653）
Cost: Course is free (actual expenses text expenses)
CISS (Center for International Students and Scholars) firstname.lastname@example.org
For inquiries or further information you may contact the respective section below:
- For information concerning international students
International Student Affairs Section: email@example.com
- For information concerning NAIST employees & international scholars employed by NAIST
Welfare Section (Personnel Division): firstname.lastname@example.org
- For information concerning other international scholars
International Affairs Section: email@example.com