This page introduces "Japanese Language Proficiency Test and Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)" and "Self-study sites for Japanese language" which are necessary for studying in Japan.
One of the application documents that students seeking to study abroad via an overseas study exchange program need to submit is a score card from a language test certifying that they have the necessary language skills to undertake the program. In addition, even in the case of privately funded study abroad, in order to make the most of their limited time overseas, it is important that students obtain a good grounding in the language of their host country prior to departure. Please make sure to check the application requirements for the program in advance and apply before the deadline.
Japanese Language Tests for International Students
There are some examinations for testing the Japanese language skills of those for whom Japanese is not their native language.
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
The EJU is designed to evaluate the Japanese language skills and basic academic abilities required of students who want to study at a Japanese university. It is administered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and offered twice per year (June and November). This test is often taken by those who wish to gain admission to a Japanese university undergraduate program as an international student. Applicants who want to enroll in at Shinshu University as regular students are required to take this test.
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
Designed to measure and certify the Japanese language abilities of non-native speakers, the JLPT is offered twice per year (July and December) and administered by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES) and the Japan Foundation. There are five levels--N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5--with N5 being the easiest and N1 the most difficult. N1 and N2 are useful as proof of Japanese language abilities when searching for a job in Japan or pursuing similar activities. International students are encouraged to take this test, whether it be to measure their own Japanese abilities or to help them find a job in the future.
Business Japanese Proficiency Test (BJT)
The BJT assesses Japanese-language business communication skills. It is administered by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Public Interest Foundation and tests are held twice per year (June and November). Individuals are assigned to one of six levels (J1+, J1, J2, J3, J4 or J5) based on their scores, which are processed statistically so that test-takers' abilities can be measured in the same way each time they take the test. Because the BJT evaluates Japanese skills used in actual business settings, studies in preparation for this test will come in useful when looking for a job later.
Test of Practical Japanese (J.TEST)
This test is administered by the privately run Japanese Language Examination Committee J.TEST Office. The test is split into different, level-based examinations: level A-C examinations for intermediate and advanced students, level D-E examinations for students who are still beginners, and the level F-G examination for students who are just starting out. A-C and D-E level examinations are held six times per year. The test is usually offered at schools, business offices and other such locations. It is used for many purposes, including by businesses to measure the abilities of their employees.
Useful websites for learning Japanese
The Japanese-language coursebook Irodori: Japanese for Life in Japan is a textbook for foreign people to learn basic Japanese communication skills that are needed for daily life and working in Japan. Various language versions are available.
"MARUGOTO Japanese Learning"
"Marugoto" provided by the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute. This is a website where you can learn about Japanese language and culture.