Intensive Japanese Language Program

About the Intensive Japanese Language Program (IJLP)

Entrance into a Japanese university requires fluency in the Japanese language. The IJLP was established to enable international students to become fluent in the language and enter one of the three Kake universities (Okayama University of Science, Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, and Chiba Institute of Science). The IJLP also offers students the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of Japanese culture through direct engagement. Academic support is available to students who enroll in any of the three Kake universities. We look forward to assisting students who seek academic success in their chosen fields of study.

The IJLP Class Schedule

  1. One semester is 15 weeks long.
  2. Classes are in session Monday through Friday (occasionally on Saturday) from 9:10 through 16:30 (including supplementary classes).
  3. Each class is 90 minutes long.


Classes are divided by proficiency level and held for one year to master grammar and communication skills in Japanese.
○ Japanese I (Sentence Patterns and Grammar A) Beginner-level: learn basic grammar structures and usage in daily communication

Intermediate-level: learn more advanced grammar structures for daily communication plus grammar based on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N2 and above).
◎ Japanese I (Sentence Patterns and Grammar B)
○ Japanese II (Listening Comprehension A)

Beginner-level: listen and respond to simple Japanese expressions.
Intermediate-level: preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
○ Japanese II (Listening Comprehension B)
◎ Japanese II (Listening Comprehension C)
○ Japanese III (Conversation A) Beginner-level: sentence patterns from grammar class used for communication.
Intermediate-level: build communication skills for oral presentations.
◎ Japanese III (Conversation B)
○ Japanese IV (Kanji, Vocabulary A)

Read and write Kanji and to build reading comprehension. Preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
○ Japanese IV (Kanji, Vocabulary B)
◎ Japanese IV (Kanji, Vocabulary C)
○ Japanese V (Composition A)
Build grammar through writing. Build writing skills for writing essays to enter university (2nd semester).
◎ Japanese V (Composition B)
○ Japanese VI (Reading A)
Beginning-level: reinforce vocabulary and grammar through reading.
Intermediate-level: preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test is provided.
○ Japanese VI (Reading B)
◎ Japanese VI (Reading C)
◎ Japanese VII (Test Preparation A) Preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

School Events

Entrance Ceremony
Spring Semester classes begin
One-day trip
Individual interview
May Individual interview

Okayama University of Science, Open campus
Individual interview

1st Japanese Language Proficiency Test (all students)
Final examinations for Spring Semester
Individual interview

Open campus
Summer vacation

Fall Semester classes begin
Okayama University of Science, Open campus
Individual interview
October Individual interview

Okayama University of Science, Entrance Examination for Privately Financed International Students (Term I)
Begin Admissions Notification of Okayama University of Science, Results of Entrance Examination for Privately Financed International Students (Term I)
Handayama Festival (School Festival)

2nd Japanese Language Proficiency Test (all students)
Okayama University of Science, IJLP Entrance Examination
Winter vacation
Individual interview

The application period for Okayama University of Science, Entrance Examination for Privately Financed International Students (Term II)
Individual interview

Spring vacation
Okayama University of Science, Entrance Examination for Privately Financed International Students (Term II)
Announcement of acceptance in Okayama University of Science, Entrance Examination for Privately Financed International Students (Term II)
March Finishing Ceremony

Intensive Japanese Language Program Q&A

Q: What happens after completing the IJLP?
A: Basically, students may enter Okayama University of Science, but entering Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts or Chiba Institute of Science can also be considered.
Q: Is it possible to improve Japanese language ability enough to take classes at the university after one year of study in the IJLP?
A: Yes. Classes are offered according to students' Japanese language proficiency level. Success also depends on motivation and effort.
Q: Am I able to work part-time while studying?
A: The university does not generally do job referrals for students; but, Japanese language proficiency is key to securing part-time work.
It is necessary to obtain “Permission to Engage in an Activity Other Than That Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted” from the Immigration Bureau to legally work in Japan. In Okayama, you can generally earn about 700 - 800 yen per hour.
Q: What kind of support is available for housing?
A: OUS works with various realtor agencies near campus.  OUS can refer you to these agencies to help you find housing.

Q: Is OUS conveniently located?
A: There are supermarkets, drugstores, bicycle shops, hospitals, a train station, post offices and banks that can be reached within ten minutes by bicycle from the university.

Q: Are there other international students?
A: Yes. There are students from China, Taiwan, Nepal, India, South Korea, Vietnam, Pakistan, etc.

Q: What do international students do after graduation?
A: Some continue on to graduate school, while others find employment with private companies.
Q: Can I return to my home country during long vacations?
A: Yes. Summer vacation is less than two-months long, winter vacation is three-weeks long, and Spring vacation is one-month long.

Entrance Examination Fee & Payment Method

[1] Entrance Examination Fee

6,000 yen

  • Any additional transfer charges must be paid separately by the applicant.
  • There is an additional service charge on payments from overseas.
[2] Payment Method

Applicants from overseas have two payment options:

1. Credit card
  • 7,000 yen (includes 1,000-yen service charge)
2. International wire transfer
  • 11,000 yen ( includes 5,000-yen exchange rate handling fee)
Applicants residing in Japan have four payment options:
1. Convenience store payment
2. Credit card
3. Pay-easy
  • 7,000 yen (includes 1,000-yen service charge)
4. Bank transfer
  • 6,000 yen

【Account to be transferred】

Japanese English
振込銀行:三菱東京UFJ 銀行 Bank Name:The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Limited
岡山支店 (支店番号:741) Branch:Okayama Branch No:741
Address:1-1 Heiwa-cho, Kita-ku Okayama 700-0827 Japan
Telephone:+81 86 222 6711
口座名:岡山理大入試口 (オカヤマリダイニュウシグチ) A/C Name:Okayama Ridai Nyushiguchi
A/C No.:3529256
A/C Address:1-1 Ridai-cho,Kita-ku Okayama 700-0005 Japan
  • The service charge will be covered by the applicant sending payments from abroad. Any deduction from the transfer amount will result in nonpayment that will place a HOLD on all registration procedures including the Entrance Examination. Confirm that you are sending 11,000 if sending from overseas.
  • If the Examination Fee received by Okayama University of Science is insufficient, the applicant will not be able to take the Entrance Examination. Any outstanding amount may be received ONLY during the application period. Payments sent after the deadline will not be accepted.

Entrance Examination Fee is non-refundable.

Results Announcement and Entrance Procedures

Admissions Notification or Notification of Entrance Examination Results

Entrance examination results will be sent by mail to all applicants. Those who have passed the examination will also receive enrollment instructions.

Students will not be enrolled if an entry visa is not issued by the deadline date.

Entrance fee, tuition, etc.

(Unit: yen)

Entrance fee Tuition Total
Spring semester Autumn semester
50,000yen 350,000yen 350,000yen 700,000yen

Transfers from overseas must pay an additional 5,000 to cover the exchange rate handling fee.

* 30,000 (including classroom fee of 10,000) must be collected for textbook charges prior to admissions. Any remaining amount will be refunded at the end of the academic year.

* Failure to make payment of entrance fee and tuition (spring and autumn semesters) by the deadline date will result in denial of admission.