Nihongo Web


Nihongo (Japanese language) Web is an interactive, online Japanese language program from The University of Alabama. Nihongo Web is available for high school, college, graduate, and adult learners with a high school diploma or equivalent for college credit. To receive credit, students must pass the course and finish within the term enrolled (fall or spring semesters only).

We offer the following courses:

  • JA 101-920 (4 credit hours)
  • JA 102-920 (4 credit hours)
  • JA 201-920 (3 credit hours)
  • JA 202-920 (3 credit hours)

Our online language courses are a hybrid of private tutoring and self-study of web-based materials, textbook, workbook and live interaction with peers, Japanese tutors, and the instructor via web conference. Most of our successful learners are studying on their own, without any classroom involved. All that is needed is a good internet connection, UA-issued email address, access to UA’s Blackboard Learn system, and a free account on Skype with a headset/web camera for live tutoring.

To receive credit in the courses, you need to contact a local exam proctor (e.g., a teacher or administrator at your school or college who agrees to follow our procedures). The proctor does NOT need to know ANY Japanese, and all that is required is that he or she has an email account that can receive, open, and print PDF files. The proctor will mail, scan or fax tests back to us for grading.

Visit our Courses page for more information, or learn how to enroll in a course.

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Nihongo Web courses use the Nakama textbook series. These textbooks are widely used in colleges around the United States. JA 101 and 102 (first and second semester) courses will use the third edition Nakama 1, and JA 201 and 202 (third and fourth semester) courses will use Nakama 2. These textbooks are also used in our classroom courses at the University of Alabama.

For an overview of what you will learn in each of the courses we offer, please contact Laurie Arizumi at


You can enroll in any of these courses starting in the fall term (begins in late August) or spring term (begins in early January). The courses must be completed within the term you enroll and the summer term is not available.

The University of Alabama observes the following holidays for fall: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Winter Break. Spring term holidays include Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and a weeklong Spring Break. See the Academic Calendar for a complete list of holidays.