Japanese Language Course for Overseas Students(Bekka)

  • japanese
  • chinese
  • taiwan
  • thai
  • vietnamese

Providing Japanese language education to those wishing to pursue further studies at technical universities and colleges in Japan.

  • Overseas students enjoying their time on campus

    Overseas students enjoying their time on campus

  • Japanese Speech Contest for Overseas Students

    Japanese Speech Contest for Overseas Students

The Japanese Language Course for Overseas Students(Bekka) was established to provide a systematic education of the Japanese language to overseas stu dents who wish to study at NIT or other technical colleges and universities in Japan. Here, students acquire the basic language abilities necessary for college education. The curriculum is designed so that in one year students will be skilled in listening com-prehension, reading and speaking. Audio-visual equipment such as DVDs are actively used for these purposes.

In addition, our program is distinct, thanks to elective courses, such as, "Japanese Exercise," "Current Japanese Issues," "Mathematics," and "Physics" that provide students with the basic knowledge necessary to study at technical colleges and universities in Japan. Furthermore, for students with no background in Chinese characters (kanji), special kanji lessons can be taken. We also offer supplementary courses to those who arrive late in the term.

The program enhances exchanges for undergraduate students with local schools so that students gain experience with Japanese culture that will be useful in college life. Depending on their academic performance, students who complete this course may be recommended for enrollment in the NIT Faculty of Engineering or its graduate school.

Program Outline

Students who enroll in this program for a minimum of one year (1.5 years) and complete a minimum of 30 (45) credits (including both required and elective subjects) will receive certificates documenting this achievement.

* Spring Semester Entrance 30 credits for one year.
Fall Semester Entrance 45 credits for 1.5 year.

Required subjects

(One Semester)

Comprehensive Japanese I-XV 10 credits 20 hrs/wk
Sentence patterns, grammar, reading comprehension, kanji, vocabulary, writing, listening comprehension.


(One Semester)

1) Japanese Exercise I-V 5 credits 10 hrs/wk
2) Current Japanese Issues 1 credit 2 hrs/wk
3) Math I 1 credit 2 hrs/wk
4) Physics I 1 credit 2 hrs/wk
5) English 1 credit 2 hrs/wk

*Exercises for students unfamiliar with kanji are included among the electives.

Student Life

    • Academic, career, and general counseling is provided.
    • Many recreational events and international exchange programs are held each semester.
    • Although NIT does not provide a dormitory for students, we do offer assistance to students who need to find appropriate housing arrangements.
    • Scholarships are available for students with outstanding academic achievements and therefore recommended to pursue their studies at the undergraduate programs of NIT.
    • In addition to the medical report submitted along with the application form, all students are required to take the university medical examination upon entrance.
  • International students at Bekka cooking traditional food for everyone

Studying Architecture is Deeply Associated with People's Life

  • Zixi Yuan (Shanghai, China)

    Section of Living Design, Department of Architecture

    I first became interested in the Japanese living environment when I was reading my favorite Japanese manga when I was still in China. I came to Japan after having graduated from university in China, and entered the Bekka program at NIT. I studied Japanese for a year. The language is difficult to learn, but I studied hard and managed to pass N2 of the JLPT(*). I am now a NIT student of Living Design, and study the architectural design that is closely associated with people's life. I have made many Japanese friends from all the faculties. They teach me Japanese. I also spend time with them eating out at weekends, and working out at the training center or the gym on campus. My life on campus is fun every day. I plan to travel and sketch Japanese buildings while I stay in Japan as a student. With what I will have learned at NIT, I hope to be a successful architectural designer in the future.

    (*) JLPT: Japanese-Language Proficiency Test. The JPLT determines the proficiency by five levels from N1 to N5, with N1 being the most difficult.