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Study Japanese in Nagano

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Distinctive Features

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Learn overall Japanese (all 4 skills reading, writing, listening and speaking).

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20 lessons of Japanese per week, Monday to Friday (4 hours a day with breaks).

Optional electives after you reach intermediate level, helping to get into university, vocational college or finding a job in Japan.

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Has Japanese students in the same building.

Get more chances to interact with native speakers, to double the effectiveness of attending language school.

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Brand new dormitory.

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New dormitory facilities (choose single, double or triple rooms) available from April 2019, with affordable housing provided.

Homestay is also an option, offered by the school at 5,300 JPY/night (2 meals included).

Private accommodation can also be organised; inquire for further details.


-> Features

Free Wi-fi, student lounge, computer stations, English-speaking staff available and part-time job finding support.

All classes are conducted in Japanese. This 'direct' teaching method allows you to start thinking in Japanese, meaning you will learn at a much faster pace.

 

-> Scholarships available

For those on a student visa with excellent grades and attendance, who are studying for over one year. (Maximum study duration is 2 years on a student visa. You most likely need a student visa if you would like to study for over 3 months. Contact us and we will walk you through the process).


Recommendations/Tips

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This school accepts complete beginners!

It is recommended to learn the basics before arriving, of course :) Free resources can be provided if asked.

The school can introduce you part-time jobs if you are allowed to work (inquire for details). Even if you don’t know any Japanese yet.


Optional Classes

-School festivals and fairs throughout the year.

Career Guidance: One-on-one interview practice & career counselling service is provided.

Here are some optional elective classes you can change every 3 months:

Available after you reach intermediate level. There is no extra cost.

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-> University Preparatory Class

In the beginner’s level, students will learn the basic Japanese including reading, writing, speaking and listening in a well-balanced manner.

In intermediate and advanced levels, students will take Core Classes for 16 hours and elective classes for EJU (Examination for Japanese Universities) or JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) for 4 hours per week.

Students will have field works, speech practices and research presentations based on their Japanese level.

In EJU elective classes, students will study reading comprehension, listening and reading comprehension and essay preparations. Students will learn from past exams and how to find the answers and score high in the EJU.

-> Job-Finding Class

Admission Criteria for job-hunting class: Those eligible to apply for a work visa in Japan (Associate and Bachelor Degree holders).

Content: Core classes of reading, writing, speaking & listening Japanese. Intermediate and advanced levels involve core classes, plus this job-finding class if you choose this elective.

Highlights: -Learn proper business manners, unique to Japan-Job interview skills practice

-Helps prepare for the JLPT N1 and N2

Opportunities to attend: -Career fairs for foreign students

-On-campus orientation sessions held by Japanese companies wishing to hire foreign students. Be able to talk to the people in charge of human resources and schedule an interview with them.

Essential for people intending to find work in Japan, you will learn:

-Business Japanese, and 'Honorific' form of the language.

-Communication Ability, International Understanding.

-Presentation Skills, Analysis of One's Strengths.

-Gain an understanding of Japanese affairs, business manners and the ability to adapt to Japanese society.

-Immediately start analyzing different companies, by subscribing to job-hunting websites.

-During business visits, have to opportunity to talk to other foreigners already working with Japanese people.

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-> College Pathway Class

At the beginner levels, the student will learn the basics by learning reading・listening・writing・speaking.

At the intermediate and advanced levels, after taking 16 Core Classes per week, the student can choose 2~4 more classes per week electives such as JLPT preparation or conversation.

For those classes with lots of students that do not use Kanji, there will be a lot more time spent learning kanji so they will not have problems once they go to college.

Also, in order to deepen the understanding of the Japanese culture, different types of activities from time to time are scheduled.

College trial classes are scheduled about 3 to 4 times a year.

The students will have the opportunity to attend different classes and take a look at the vocational schools/colleges before they apply to them.

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-> JLPT N2 or N1 Class

What is the JLPT?

It stands for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and is used to assess your Japanese level. The levels go from N5, basic Japanese; to N1, advanced Japanese.

To work full-time in Japan, it is recommended to have at least N2 level of the JLPT. The JLPT is a useful benchmark to have as a clear goal for improving your language ability.

Contents: Core classes of reading, writing, speaking & listening.

The aim is to pass the N1, N2 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test given in July and December.

As preparation, during the 3 months of the April and August term, past questions and mock tests are given.

By continuously doing past questions, the students will get used to the question format and be able to overcome their weakness.

During the 3 months of the July and January term, the student will gain the necessary basic knowledge by strengthening their vocabulary, their listening comprehension and their reading comprehension skills.

The students will not only be able to prepare for the test but will also gain a much broader knowledge of the language.


Levels:

You will be placed in the appropriate level, after a placement test on the first day of language school in Japan.

Complete beginners are also accepted.

 

In just 10 weeks (3 months), from complete begiiner level, you will reach JLPT N5 (Japanese language proficiency test beginner) level.

In just 1.5 years (18 months), you can reach JLPT N2 level, enough to get into university, vocational college or full-time employment using Japanese!

 

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JLPT = Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Most internationally recognised test for Japanese learners and employers.



 
 
 

Fees

(Per week) 2 weeks 3 months 6 months 1 year
Selection + Entrance 15,000 JPY 15,000 JPY 77,000 JPY 77,000 JPY
Tuition 15,500 JPY 31,000 JPY 155,000 JPY 310,000 JPY 620,000 JPY
Materials Fee (Per term) 8,250 JPY 8,250 JPY 16,500 JPY 33,000 JPY
Facility Fee 825 JPY 1,650 JPY 8,250 JPY 16,500 JPY 33,000 JPY
Total 16,425 JPY 55,900JPY 186,500 JPY 420,000JPY 763,000JPY

FAQs

Are flights included?

Flights are not included, as courses are flexible and students prefer to make their own travel arrangements. Assistance can be provided if required.

What about accommodation?

You can choose to add this or not. The schools provide accommodation for you, such as in a host family’s home, share house, school dormitory or private apartment.  We can also help with looking for other accommodation.

Average fee for school accommodation is 44,750 JPY/month. Accommodation will be decided after applying to the school.

Application process:

Choose course -> Apply -> Choose accommodation -> Receive confirmation and pay school -> Prepare for Japan!


Starting Dates:


If a complete beginner, this course is only available to start on the 2nd week of April, or the 2nd week of October. Minimum 2 week course. Please inquire for other start dates.

You can join any start of the week, if you are higher than beginner level, and meet certain visa requirements. Please inquire for individual guidance.

  • To study longer than 6 months on a student visa, this school showcased in Nagano only has major start dates in April or October. Please inquire for other options, or see similar courses in Kyoto or Tokyo with intakes 4 times a year (Jan, April, July or October).

    • You must apply at least 5 months before the major start date to study 6 months or longer; due to student visa immigration processes. We can guide you through this.

    • Please inquire for personal guidance on starting terms, durations and requirements, as it depends on the individual.

    • Minimum requirement for student visa: 1,500,000 JPY savings available in a bank statement. This is required to prove to the school and immigration that funds are available to pay for tuition, accommodation and living expenses for a year.

 

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