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    Japanese Language Institutes

    These institutes teach non-Japanese speakers the Japanese language. In most courses of study at higher education institutions in Japan, the classes are conducted in Japanese. To follow along with school classes, Japanese language abilities of around Japanese Language Proficiency Test levels N1 or N2 are required. This is equal to around 600 to 900 or more hours of study. It depends on the environment and individual effort, but even with concentrated study in Japan it requires around one to two years to reach this level.

    1. Types and number of schools

    Controlling entity-Japanese language institutes:Educational foundation (specialized training college or other miscellaneous school), public interest incorporated foundation, private company, voluntary organization, individual, etc. Preparatory Japanese language programs offered at private universities and junior colleges4:Private university, junior college Purpose-Japanese language institutes:1) Japanese language acquisition1 2) Japanese language acquisition for admission to a Japanese university 2) Japanese language acquisition for admission to a Japanese university Preparatory Japanese language programs offered at private universities and junior colleges4:Private university, junior college Admission qualifications:Person who has completed 12 years of secondary education Person who has completed less than 12 years of secondary education2 Preparatory Japanese language programs offered at private universities and junior colleges4:Person who has completed 12 years of secondary education No. of schools-Japanese language institutes:564 Preparatory Japanese language programs offered at private universities and junior colleges4:60 Status of residence-Japanese language institutes:Student3 Preparatory Japanese language programs offered at private universities and junior colleges4:Student No. of enrolled students:93,515 Preparatory Japanese language programs offered at private universities and junior colleges4:Approx. 6,000

    1 There are also courses in which you can learn business Japanese and Japanese for daily life.

    2 If your home country’s normal school education system (elementary school, junior high school and high school) requires less than twelve years, and if the last school you attended (and graduated from) is high school and you have not completed a designated curriculum, you will not be qualified for admission to a Japanese university, etc. However, if you complete a university preparatory course (junbi kyouiku katei) approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, you will acquire qualification for admission.
    In such preparatory courses you will study English, mathematics, social science, science and other basic subjects for entrance into universities in addition to the Japanese language.

    3 In the category of Japanese language institutes, only those officially approved via public notice by the Ministry of Justice are eligible to apply for the “Student” status of residence.

    ※4 Special courses established by private universities and junior colleges to teach the Japanese language to international students are called preparatory Japanese language programs (ryugakusei bekka or nihongo bekka). Students in these programs may study the Japanese language, Japanese culture, the current state of Japan and basic subjects necessary for entering a Japanese university. Students who wish to enter a Japanese university may use the admission-on-recommendation system to enter universities that offer preparatory Japanese language programs, if such are available, or enter another university of their choice. The advantage of such programs is access to a university’s facilities and services.

    2. Required application materials and enrollment periods

    April enrollment:April to September October enrollment:October to February Request application form, prepare materials, mail them April enrollment:September to November October enrollment:February to April Application period April enrollment:January to March October enrollment:July to September:mmigration and enrollment procedures April enrollment:April October enrollment:October Start of course

    Although few in number, some schools offer programs starting in July and/or January. Please give yourself sufficient time to make preparations, generally at least six to nine months or more

    3. Application materials required

    • 1) Application form
    • 2) Curriculum vitae
    • 3) Transcript from an upper secondary school or a university
    • 4) Certificate of graduation (or anticipated graduation) from an upper secondary school or university
    • 5) Proofs of financial means
    • 6) Others
    Can I transfer? Transferring between Japanese language institutes is difficult. Choose your school carefully by gathering as much information as possible on that school, browsing the school’s website, studying the school prospectus or talking to current students or graduates of the school.

    4. Find a school

    Key points to consider
    1) Student visa-Is it a Japanese language institute designated through official notification by the Minister of Justice? (You will not be able to receive a student visa unless it is a designated school.) 2) Objective-General Japanese? Academic purpose? Japanese for business? 3) Class composition-Are classes distinguished by the level of student proficiency in Japanese? What is the number of students in a class? 4) Number of students and teachers-How big is the school? What is the ratio of teachers to students? 5) Ratio of students by nation of origin-Are there many international students from countries that use Chinese characters? Do they pay special consideration to international students from countries that do not use Chinese characters? 6) Number of class hours-What are the number of total class hours and the number of class hours by subject? 7) Preparing for exams-Do they offer classes for exam preparation (such as EJU and JLPT) or general subjects (such as English, mathematics, science, history and geography)? 8) Guidance on further study and lifestyle counseling-Do they offer guidance on further study or lifestyle counseling? 9) Post-completion trajectory-Where have previous students gone after completing the course? Can you go to the school you want to? 10) School expenses, etc.-Do the number of class hours and teachers and school facilities, among other things, justify the cost? If I withdraw from the school before completion, can I receive a refund? Can I receive a student discount on train fares? 11) Entrance exam-Do they require the screening of application documents only? Do they require interviews with a guarantor and a contact person in Japan? Do they conduct entrance exams outside Japan? 12) School location-Are they located in a big city or a local city? Is the weather suitable for me?-Do they have a dormitory or attached residential quarters? Do they refer students to apartments?
    A. Preparatory Japanese language programs offered at private universities and junior colleges
    B. Japanese language institutes designated by the Ministry of Justice (student visa issued)
    C. Japanese language institutes not designated by the Ministry of Justice (no student visas issued)
    Are they any courses you can take in English?

    There are more and more degree programs conducted in English.