Through intensive and rigorous language instruction, the Japanese Program at the University of Chicago aims to build in our students a solid foundation for speaking, comprehending, reading and writing the Japanese language, and through learning the language to enhance their understanding of the Japanese people, culture, and society. These practical language skills and deep cultural understanding will empower our students to pursue their professional and academical goals after graduation.
You can view the Japanese course offerings on the EALC site courses page by searching for courses with the subject code JAPN.
We have the Japanese Language Table every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 at the student lounge in Wieboldt.
- Learning resources
- Summer Programs
- HIF (Hokkaido International Foundation), Hakodate, Hokkaido
- KCP International Japanese Language School, Tokyo
- Yamasa Institute, Okazaki, Aichi
- ICU (International Christian University), Tokyo
- Waseda University, Center for Japanese Language, Tokyo
- Sophia University, Tokyo
- KCJS, Summer Programs (for Classical Japanese), Kyoto
- CLS (Critical Language Scholarship) Japanese
- IUC (Inter-University Center) for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama, Kanagawa
- CET (CET Japan Study Abroad), Osaka
Official Study Abroad Programs of the University of Chicago
- Kyoto Consortium for the Japanese Studies: direct enrollment. At least one year of Japanese study is required. Please contact Eric Benjaminson for further information.
- The Global Leadership Fellows Program (GLFP) at Waseda University: direct enrollment. No knowledge of Japanese is required. Please contact Eric Benjaminson for further information.
Grants & Scholarships
- CEAS (The Center for East Asian Studies)
- Study Abroad
- Critical Language Scholarship Program
- Boren Scholarship for Critical Language Study [undergraduate]
- Summer Language Scholarship
- Fulbright US Students Programs
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Placement & Proficiency Tests
For new undergraduate students:
If you have studied Japanese before, you need to take the Placement test. Please contact Catherine Baumann.
For new graduate students: You need to contact Catherine Baumann to take the Placement test. After taking the Placement test, you will need to have an oral interview and a writing test so please contact Hoyt Long.
New Student Advising
Office of Language Assessment
- CLCA (College Language Competency Assessment)
- Foreign Language Proficiency Certificates Office of Language Assessment
- Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment Office of Language Assessment
University of Chicago Language Center