Welcome to the Japanese Studies Program at Michigan State University! We appreciate your interest in our Program and look forward to meeting you in person this fall.

Students who have previously studied Japanese and wish to enroll in a course above JPN 101 (first-year Japanese, first semester) must take the placement test.

Japanese Placement Test

Key Dates: August 14, 17-21

Due to the pandemic, the Japanese Studies Program will administer the placement test via online. Please take a close look at the schedule below and mark your calendars.

By August 14, 2020

Fill out this survey by August 14 (11:59 pm). We will be using the email address in your survey answer to notify you with the information necessary to take the placement test. That is why it is crucial that you complete the survey by the deadline, August 14, 2020.

August 17-21, 2020

Take the written placement test (approximately for 60-70 minutes) any time during this week. The link to the test will be available from August 17 (8:00 am) to August 21 (11:59 pm). You must complete the test in one session and cannot retake it once completed.

August 27-28, 2020

Individual oral interview schedule with a Zoom invitation will be emailed to only the students who have completed the placement test by August 21, 2020.

Oral interviews will take place on August 31 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. So, please save this time. Each interview will consist of five minutes. You must keep your scheduled interview time.  Only those with a legitimate reason (i.e., illness) may be allowed to reschedule it. In that case, please contact Imamura Sensei (imamuraa@msu.edu) immediately.

Watch out for an email from the Japanese Studies Program and confirm the interview schedule by replying to the sender immediately.

August 31, 2020

Oral Interviews between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.

Each interview will last for five minutes. We plan to inform the students about their final placement in the Japanese Language Program by 5:00 pm on August 31.

Based on the results of your placement test, the Program will decide the course that is right for you. If you must register before the placement test is administered, the Program may recommend a course that you could tentatively register based on the information you provide via the survey and in consultation with Ms. Cindy Walter (walterc2@msu.edu), our academic advisor. However, you still need to take the placement test on the dates scheduled above. You may be asked to switch to a different course based on your test results, as well as based on your performance during the first week of classes. Please note that you cannot enroll in a course that is either above or below your demonstrated Japanese proficiency level, and this Program policy will be strictly reinforced.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Akiko Imamura (imamuraa@msu.edu), the Japanese Language Program Coordinator. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Program this fall!