Josai University Educational Corporation

International Center for the Promotion of Art and Science (JICPAS)

The unit system at Josai International University

The definition of an academic year:

An academic year consists of two semesters, starting with the spring semester (usually from the first week of April until the first week of August),-followed by the fall semester (from the second week of September to the first week of February)*; however, exchange students coming from Western countries may start their academic year in the fall semester to meet the requirements of their home institutions. One semester consists of 15 weeks. Normally, classes are held once a week, each session lasting 90 minutes.-

*please note that semester starting dates may vary.

The definition of a unit:

The base measurement of a course is called a “unit” (単位 – “tan’i” in Japanese). One unit represents 45 hours of study time in a semester. However, considering that study time takes place both during and outside classes, the following rules apply when calculating the unit value of a course:

1. Fifteen to 30 hours of time spent attending lectures, practice courses, or seminars during a semester is counted as one unit.
2. Self-study and activities outside class taking 30 to 45 hours of time a semester is also re counted as one unit.

A course at Josai International University consists of two units: 15 weekly 90-minute classes plus an equivalent number of hours or more of additional study outside class. Please note that Japanese language classes at JIU meeting twice a week are valued at four units.

Global Program units and recognition of units:

Please note that the number of units international students will be permitted to transfer to their home institutions will vary according to individual agreements between Josai University Educational Corporation and students’ home institutions as well as JU and JIU’s internal regulations. Students should note that while JU and JIU recommends to obtain 20 units per semester or 40 per year, university rules permit students to obtain a maximum of 49 units during one year. Students should note that the number of units that will be recognized and which a student can transfer to his or her home institution is maximum of -20 per semester or 40 per year.-
  Students wishing to have units obtained at JU or JIU count toward the completion of degrees at their home institutions are advised to -contact the international affairs offices of their universities and the International Education Center at JU or JIU.-

*Students wishing to transfer JU or JIU units are normally required to submit copies of their course syllabuses to their home institutions in order to have their units recognized.


One semester 15 weeks 90 minute class meetings, once a week
Lectures etc. 15-30 hours per semester 1 unit
Study outside class 30-45 hours per semester 1 unit
Standard course 2 units
Courses meeting twice a week 4 units*
University regulations 49 units maximum per year
Maximum transferable units 20 units per semester
   40 units per year

*Students may take up to three units of courses outside the Global Program, based on the regulations of their department.


Students are required to officially enroll in classes by following the registration process at their department’s office.
  Students are required to take an exam to receive their grades at the end of the semester*; however, depending on the type of course, other grading methods may be used.

* Students might be required to take mid-term exams as well.

Students who miss more than five of 15 classes in a two-unit course or more than 10 classes of a four-unit course will not be permitted to sit for the final exam. Such students will be exempted from the grading process, and will not be able to receive units for the course. The letter grade for the course on their transcript will be “Z”. However, should their absences be due to illness or any other legitimate reason, they may be allowed to take a make-up exam. The letter grade for the course on their transcript will be “T”.

Grading system
 Grades are measured in the following manner (based on a 100 point system)

90 -- 100 S
80 --   89 A
70 --   79 B
60 --   69 C
Failure (regular exam)
Less than 60
(make-up exam permitted once)
Permitted to sit for make-up exam
(in case of absence due to special reasons)
Not allowed to take make-up exam Z
Supplementary and re-examination
Less than 60 D
No examination permitted E

International students enrolled in a Japanese university are required by the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act to take a minimum of 10 class hours per week (equal to a minimum of seven -courses consisting of 15 90-minute weekly classes)- in order to maintain their student visa status.
  However, in the case of JU or JIU, students may be advised to follow a class schedule prepared by the department provisionally* if they have difficulties in choosing courses.

*This kind of schedule usually applies to Mizuta scholarship students (undergraduate students) arriving from the four Visegrad countries who are in the middle of their studies, or who are taking courses unrelated to their fields of study at their home institutions.

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