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Pre-arrival Scholarship

The application for Pre-arrival Scholarship of spring 2022 has closed. The application period for enrollment of spring 2022 is from September 27th to October 8th, 2021.

Admissions Guide and related documents

Admissions Guide spring 2022
Admissions Guide and related documents for enrollment of spring 2022 have been uploaded. Admissions Office is providing the admissions guide (with Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean versions) for free.

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Greetings from the Director

  SJLC of Fukuoka University has always been supporting our students to enter the undergraduate or graduate school since its founding in 2012. Based on the high-level Japanese education we offer and our thorough guidance counseling, we are getting better and better at achieving our goals.

  Our students can use all facilities on the campus such as the library and computer rooms, and may choose to attend a variety of lectures of the undergraduate school. And there are a lot of chances to communicate with Japanese students for language exchange. This is our excellent studying environment.

  Furthermore, Fukuoka University is located in Fukuoka City, which is also well known for its beautiful natural surroundings and foreigner-friendly social environment. Many people agree it is much easier to live in Fukuoka than in Tokyo or Osaka because of its lower living cost and high level of security. And SJLC provides a special scholarship system and low-priced dormitories to help students reduce their financial worries and fully enjoy studying abroad.

  Let’s all work together to open the door to your bright future!

Fukuoka University SJLC Director

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The School of Japanese Language and Culture is for international students who wish to enroll at Fukuoka University in one of the faculties as an undergraduate or in the Graduate School or at another Japanese university. Professors of Japanese language and Japanese culture will work together with the goal of fostering the academic skills needed for the aforementioned study in graduate school. In addition, the purpose is to train people with an international perspective who will contribute to wider international cultural exchanges.

SJLC's Three Major Policies

SJLC’s Admission Policy, Curriculum Policy and Diploma Policy are uploaded.
SJLC's Three Major Policies PDF icon

Course duration

One year (one year course),18 months (18-month course).


Quota 60
30 students for April entry (for one-year course only)
30 students for September entry (20 for one-year course and 10 for 18-month course)

Course prerequisites

Applicants are required to meet all of the following conditions

  1. Those who have a foreign nationality.
  2. Those who have a certificate of completion for 12 years education outside Japan (or expect to complete such education before entering the program); or those who are recognized by Fukuoka University as holding equivalent qualification; or those who have completed (or expect to complete before entering the program) the equivalent of a high school education in overseas educational facilities which are appointed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan; or those who have passed the university entrance qualification examination outside Japan and obtained the qualifications for admission.
    Note that 12 years education corresponds to 6 years elementary school education plus 3 years junior high school education and 3 years senior high school education in Japan education system.
  3. Those who have passed N4 or above level of JLPT (Japanese-Language Proficiency Test) held by JEES (Japanese Educational Exchanges and Services) and Japan Foundation, or those who are recognized as having the equivalent qualification.

Tuition Fees

One-year course total 705,000 yen
Entrance fee 15,000 yen, Admission fee 100,000 yen, Tuition fee 540,000 yen, Incidental fee 50,000 yen
18-month course total 1,000,000 yen
Entrance fee 15,000 yen, Admission fee 100,000 yen, Tuition fee 810,000 yen, Incidental fee 75,000 yen


§  It is not guaranteed that you will be admitted to Fukuoka University or the graduate school of Fukuoka University even if you complete the course of study at SJLC.

§  To enter a college or university, you must take and pass the entrance examination given by the college or university you want to enroll after you complete the course of study at SJLC.Because each college or university has different application conditions, you should confirm them by yourself in advance.


Diversified curriculum to enhance Japanese in international perspectives
SJLC provides diversified curriculum to help students enhance the skills that are necessary in further undergraduate or graduate study. For those who have enough Japanese proficiency, they can attend undergraduate lectures. Notice that there are some requirements.

University facilities
Students of SJLC can enjoy their lives on campus by using the modern and well-equipped computer classrooms, the library and other on-campus facilities in Fukuoka University.

To ensure a good study environment, SJLC provides 2 dormitory buildings, International Students House KATAE and International Students House Umebayashi, for the students of SJLC.

Original scholarship system
The school provides an original scholarship for the students. Click HERE for more information.

Student assistant system
Some students of Fukuoka University are hired as assistants to give foreign students advice about studying and living.


The application for Pre-arrival Scholarship of spring 2022 has closed.

Pre-arrival Scholarship
This scholarship is for those who are eligible for applying for SJLC, and they need live outside Japan when applying for the scholarship and have “Student” residence status after arriving in Japan. We will receive the applications of the scholarship before your applying for SJLC, and grant it to the elected applicants after enrollment.
Check Scholarship Guidelines and underlying files for detailed information.

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Scholarship Guidelines and the application forms (PDF) are available for downloading now.
* Application period for 2022 Spring entrance applicants: August 2nd, 2021 ~ August 17th, 2021.

Scholarship Overview in spring 2022
Payment period : For 4 months. (The first scholarship payment is scheduled after May 2022.)
Payment amount : 120,000 yen (30,000 yen/month × 4 months)
The Number of Adopters : No more than 10 students.

Admission fee reduction for undergraduate students
Admission fee will be reduced when students of SJLC enter our undergraduate schools.
* Check the following link for entrance examination of undergraduate schools for international students. links

Curriculum , Annual Events
Auditing is Available
Support for students


1:Selection Schedule of SJLC

Spring Course
Admissions Guide uploaded : End of June
Application Period : Beginning of October - Middle of October
Notification of Results : End of November
Deadline of Application : Beginning of December
Entrance : April 1st

Autumn Course
Admissions Guide uploaded : End of January
Application Period : End of March - Beginning of April
Notification of Results : End of May
Deadline of Application : Beginning of June
Entrance : September 14th
※Please check Admissions Guide for further details. PDF icon

2:Information For Recruitment

The recruitment for enrollment of spring 2022 is listed as followings.
Admissions Office is providing the admissions guide (with Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean versions) for free. When applying for Verification Reports on the website of CHSI, please choose English version and sending the report directly to Admissions Office of SJLC ( Note that you need print out the webpage which has the information that your application has been received, and submit them with other application documents together to SJLC.

Office of School of Japanese Language and Culture for International students (SJLC)
Fukuoka University
8-19-1 Nanakuma, Jonan-ku, Fukuoka 814-0180, JAPAN

Information of Recruitment
The recruitment for enrollment of spring 2022 is listed as followings.
Application Period:September 27th, 2021 (Mon.) - October 8th, 2021 (Fri.) (Must be received no later than the deadline)
Quota:30 students (one-year course)
Notification of Results:by the end of November 2021.
Qualifications : See more details on Entrance Qualifications in our Course prerequisites.
About the details of the application forms, the admission fee and the tuition, please check Admissions Guide. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of SJLC.

3:Admissions Guide


 Fukuoka City has a population of 1.6 million, close to other main cities in East Asia. As an economic and cultural center of Kyushu and western Japan, the city has developed as a hub in Asia. Fukuoka has the 3rd highest number of international students in Japan and with approximately 90% of these students coming from Asia.
 Fukuoka City has a rich blend of cultural and natural features, mentioned in the Hong Kong “Asia Week” magazine three times since 1997 and ranked number 1 as "Asia's most livable city”. The U.S. "Newsweek" magazine in July 2006 chose Fukuoka City as one of the best 10 “hottest” cities in the world along with Munich and Las Vegas, for cities that have undergone rapid growth.
 Compared to Tokyo and Osaka, Fukuoka City has a lower cost of living. For example, home expenses per month in Tokyo are about 70,000 yen compared to 30,000 to 40,000 in Fukuoka. There are many places where university students can live cheaply.
 The main railway station, highway interchange, domestic and international airports have all improved the city’s transportation network making it quick and easy to move around the city and the convenience of this access is another attractive part of Fukuoka.

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Fukuoka University

 Fukuoka University has a long history and tradition for over 80 years. Located in the southwest of Fukuoka City, the vast campus has a large number of buildings (including hospitals). There are 9 faculties, 31departments, 10 graduate schools, and 34 programs. With about 20,000 students, it is a core university with the most students in the region.  At Fukuoka University, we encourage students to study abroad and enroll international students as part of a policy of in internationalization. Our International Center has been established to support this policy of education and research. Currently, we have student exchange programs with overseas partner universities. There were about 170 undergraduate, Masters degree and Doctoral overseas students in 2021. They study with Japanese students with encouraging results of this international exchange both on and off campus.

List of Faculties
 | Humanities | Law | Economics | Commerce | Science | Engineering | Medicine | Pharmaceutical Sciences | Sports and Health Science | Information of Faculties |

List of Graduate Schools
 | Information of Graduate Schools PDF(883KB) |

Contact us

Contact us if you have any questions about SJLC
Please contact Admission Office if you are interested in SJLC. If there is anything that you can’t understand or worry about, do not hesitate to contact us.

Fukuoka University Office of School of Japanese Language and Culture for International Students

Classroom Building1 (1F), 8-19-1 Nanakuma, Jonan-ku, Fukuoka 814-0180, JAPAN
TEL:+81-92-871-6631 (Main)  4682,4683 (Extension)

China Harbin Branch Office

Room No.02,Floor 11th, Building Gold, ShangHeZhiDi Plaza, No.146, East DaZhi Street, NanGang District,
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
(TEL) +86-451-55544310 (FAX) +86-451-55544312
WeChat ID:fukudai-hrb


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