Why Study at a Japanese Language School in Japan


Updated October 4, 2018

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Even if you are not currently a student, have not graduated from university/high school, are over 30, 40, 50, 60+, you are welcome to go to language school in Japan.

Effectively & Enjoyably Improve Your Japanese

You get given a course so you can study and make progress, step by step, while being held accountable. There is a teacher that will help you correct your mistakes before you repeat them and learn the wrong things by accident.

You get opportunities every day to speak to native Japanese people, so you can practice what you are learning in class in real life.

Traditional Tea Ceremony

Traditional Tea Ceremony

Learn about Japanese Culture

The school will often host a variety of optional cultural activities such as traditional tea ceremonies and cultural exchanges with Japanese, so you can get to know the culture and understand the people around you better. This is very important in feeling that you are part of a community, not just a foreigner who doesn't know what to do. Japanese culture is quite distinct, even compared to other countries in Asia.

Streets of Kyoto. Notice how clean!

Streets of Kyoto. Notice how clean!

Support System

Moving to a whole other country, to live or to study abroad is a whole new experience. Even if you have been to many other countries before, Japan is totally different.

Experiencing life in Japan while at a language school is a good first step, as you will have a lot of guidance and support, so you are not completely alone.

Global community

Global community

Global Connections

Studying at a Japanese language school in Japan is very different and exciting, as you will meet a variety of people that have come together from all around the world to study Japanese. You will expand your view of the world and be able to make global connections; even helping in doing business internationally if you like.

One can argue that you are missing out on many different depths of life if you don't make international friends, and learn about their culture. Imagine all the delicious food you have never tasted yet! There are many different cultures in one location at a language school, so you will have a great time.

Studying the same language together means you will always have something in common to talk about. You can discuss & discover new things and places together, and create great connections this way.

Just imagine studying at cute Japanese cafés and libraries, going out to izakaya (Japanese bars) and enjoying all the oishii (delicious) food...

Going to the local onsen (hot springs) after a big day... Trying out all the different ramen joints, understanding the local Japanese person's recommendation for the best one... The list goes on.

Coming for a 2 weeks holiday is totally different than coming for studying and living in Japan. You will learn much more and have a more enjoyable & in-depth experience. There are also courses combining study & travel.

Graduation ceremony

Graduation ceremony

Improve Career Opportunities

Japanese companies are increasingly hiring foreigners; as Japan's population and therefore the local market is shrinking. They need your valuable skills and expertise in your home country to help expand to the global market; because if they do not, frankly, their company will not survive.

Most people who come to Japan end up in a job teaching English. This is a great job, but you may end up feeling stuck and not having any other options to get full-time work in Japan.

Language school helps you advance your education. (Also, if you do want to teach, learning Japanese will always help in your day to day life, making friends and gaining trust from your Japanese students).

On a student visa, one can work part-time for up to 28 hours a week to help offset living expenses. Learn More

You can increase your Japanese language ability to JLPT N1/N2 in a short amount of time. If you have a degree, you can join a full-time job-hunting class that gives you the right support and advice to find a full-time job in Japan.

If you don't have a degree, language school offers programs helping people get all the support they need to study towards getting into

  • University (support in passing entrance exams)

  • Vocational College in Japan (where you can learn in-demand skills towards a profession. Most vocational schools have 100% graduate employment rates).

With a degree, they can assist in getting into Graduate School in Japan (support in finding a professor, research plan etc.) or, finding a full-time job.

Furthermore, by having high enough Japanese ability (at least JLPT N2 level is recommended), you can apply to Japanese companies with branches in your home country. Every international company has to have an office in the country of their branch, so you can apply for a job there in your home country. You will be able to use your Japanese skills to work and help make a difference. In other words, many more opportunities will arise for you.

When looking for a full-time job in Japan and getting a full-time work visa; experience living in Japan, and of course, knowing the language will be very beneficial. At least JLPT N2 and preferably JLPT N1 is recommended, and that you can conduct yourself well in the interview, on top of having valuable skills that the company needs. In most language schools, they have job hunting classes to help you navigate and improve your chances in the process of looking for a job in Japan.

With so many different courses available to choose from, it can be a difficult and time-consuming process to choose and apply to a school.

We help make it much easier by recommending the best schools as said by past students, and helping you with the application.

You are welcome to inquire about studying in Japan, and we can help you find & apply to the best course that suits your needs.

In Summary:

1) Extend your education and opportunities.

2) Learn the language the fastest and easiest way possible.

3) Also get to know the culture. Learn and experience life in Japan, not just grammar points.

4) Language schools often have Japanese students studying languages there too, so you can have great opportunities to interact with native speakers.

5) Get written recommendations from the language school to help enroll in universities or vocational colleges in Japan. Guidance on choosing schools and passing the entrance exams!

6) Make connections with people from all over the world, with all different backgrounds and ages (there is no age limit). Many different people study at language schools, from students, business owners, professors, and more.

7) Get given a structured course and environment to study, so you have no more excuses or distractions.
You will be able to break through all the barriers you had before, to achieve fluency.

8) Create exciting memories in Japan that you will keep for a life-time.
Schools hold many exciting events for students, helping them converse with Japanese locals, going trekking mountains with your classmates, learning about the culture etc. depending on the course.

9) Get experience living in Japan (good for your resume), essential if you want to get permanent residency to live here in the future.
You will stand out from all the other people wanting to get a job relating to Japan.

10) Get all the support you need from the wonderful teachers and staff to reach your goals; whether it be to conversing in Japanese, getting into university/college in Japan, finding a job in or relating to Japan, passing proficiency tests, or simply having a memorable holiday.

Each school has it's own specific strengths and weaknesses.

You are welcome to send an inquiry and we can show you the best school & course based on your needs.