Features of JCLP

Ryukoku University was established in 1639, as a seminary of the Hongwanji Temple. Today the university has 9 faculties, a junior college, 10 graduate schools, and JCLP, distributed among two campuses in the city of Kyoto and one in Shiga Prefecture. Among the approximately 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students there are approximately 500 international students from many countries around the world.

The Japanese Culture and Language Program (JCLP) is a one-year intensive course, centered on the Japanese Language and a variety of Japanese affairs. It is ideal for students with an interest in Japanese Language and culture, or those preparing for entry into a Japanese university.


Students are evaluated on their Japanese language proficiency every semester and then placed into a suitable Japanese Language class based on their proficiency. Classes are held in the mornings Monday through Friday, and on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.
There are various elective subjects in the afternoon such as Japanese culture, society, etc.
Students can learn about Kyoto’s traditional culture and entertainment through activities outside the classroom.
Students have access to all facilities available to regular Ryukoku students.
Recommendation for acceptance into all the Ryukoku faculties and the Junior College are available.