Intensive Japanese Language Track (IJL)

Tracks of Study

Intensive Japanese Language Track (IJL)


Created in 1988, the Intensive Japanese Language Track has a long history of providing high-quality, intensive Japanese language instruction to international students. Class sizes are kept small (between 10-15 students), allowing our experienced instructors to cater to the needs of each student individually. IJL offers well balanced language skill courses in listening, speaking, reading, and writing at a variety of levels from introductory to advanced. Students without any previous experience with the Japanese language can enroll. As an IJL Track student, you are also eligible to take courses offered in English through the Open Study in English Track and Business Track.

For a list of the currently available IJL Japanese language class levels, please have a look at our pamphlet.

Admission Requirements for the IJL Track

To be eligible to enroll in the Intensive Japanese Language Track, you must meet requirement a) or b):

a) Currently enrolled in an institution of higher education for at least one year prior to the commencement of the program 

b) Have graduated from an institution of higher education with a bachelor's degree or equivalent

In addition, basic communication ability in English is required for students with no previous experience with the Japanese language.

Students enrolled in this track may elect to take OSE and BT courses as well. However, non-native speakers of English who wish to enroll in these courses must have a minimum TOEFL® score of iBT 68 / PBT 520, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or equivalent.

Japanese Language Courses for IJL Students

Courses are offered starting at the introductory level, so students without any previous experience with the Japanese language can enroll in Japanese courses through the IJL Track.

Students are required to take an online placement test prior to orientation to determine their Japanese language proficiency and class placement. Class placement is final and may not be changed.

IJL Japanese Language Courses
Total Credits Per Semester

 Introductory (Level I) ~ Upper Intermediate (Level V)

  • Comprehensive Japanese
  • Japanese Listening & Speaking
  • Japanese Writing

 Advanced (Level VI)

  • Comprehensive Japanese
  • Japanese Listening & Speaking
  • Japanese Writing
  • Career Japanese
  • Seminar in Intercultural Collaborative Project *¹

 Upper Advanced (VII)

  • Composition
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Listening & Oral Comprehension

*¹ "Seminar in Intercultural Collaborative Project" is an optional course. Students that take this course will be registered for 9 total credits.

*² Students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency on the initial placement exam at RU will be designated as “Level VII" students (the same Japanese level as the full time international students in the Japanese based course at RU). Level VII students will be assigned to Japanese language courses designed for degree-seeking international students. In addition to Japanese language courses, Level VII students may also take courses held in Japanese (though some courses need approval from the corresponding college).

Course Lists from Previous Semesters

Below are the course lists provided to SKP students during previous semesters. Please note that the courses listed may not be offered during future semesters.
SKP students will be provided with finalized course lists during SKP Orientation.

Detailed information on these courses can be found using Ritsumeikan's online syllabus.

Open the search page by clicking "For Public," then select your language at the top-right of the page.

The search is case-sensitive, so please copy & paste the course code directly in the search field.

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