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

Student Information Survey

If you are currently enrolling for MSU as of April 2021 and would like to take a placement test to enroll for FS21, please fill out this student survey and contact Imamura Sensei ( immediately. We will be using the email address in your survey answer to notify you of the information necessary to take the placement test. 

Online Written Placement Test

Take the written placement test (approximately for 60-70 minutes) by the given expiration date. The link will be sent via email. You must complete the test in one session and cannot retake it once completed.

Oral Interview

Individual oral interview schedule with a Zoom invitation will be emailed to only the students who have completed the placement test. Oral interviews will take about 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 ( immediately. Watch out for an email from the Japanese Studies Program and confirm the interview schedule by replying to the sender immediately.

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 (, 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 (, the Japanese Language Program Coordinator. 

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