Introduction: Offered year round with start dates in January, April, July and October, and taught exclusively by experienced, fully licensed, native speaking teachers of Japanese, the Academic Preparation Course offers flexible entry, and constant interaction with faculty. This 20 class per week intensive Japanese course will help you rapidly improve your Japanese proficiency while you prepare for further studies in vocational schools, colleges or universities, in Japan or abroad.
Comprehensive: The Academic Preparation Course gives language learners the opportunity to experience studying Japanese while living in Japan and practicing in a full immersion environment in Sapporo. Join us and brush up or dramatically improve your listening and speaking skills!
Description: You can study for any length from 6 months to 2 years. Even if you are a complete beginner, you can commence on any start date, though some prior studies of the language are advised.
Teaching Method: All Academic Preparation Course classes focus on correct grammar acquisition, reading and writing skills, listening and speaking skills, including testing and revision classes. Extensive preparation time, review and private study are essential. Students can participate in optional extras including culture classes.
The course has an emphasis on improving listening and speaking skills, although you will also learn to read in Japanese. At the elementary level you do not need to be able to read Kanji as all texts have “furigana” (the reading of each kanji indicated with small hiragana – see the curriculum section). From intermediate level you will need to study some Kanji. Bringing a good kanji dictionary/app is helpful. Correct grammar use is a major focus. A key objective of the program that you will be able to communicate using precise and correct grammar.
Schedule: While students in this course do not necessarily study for a full year, the pace of learning and intensity of the curriculum makes it excellent value. Your budget for public transport, cost of living, accommodation, internet access etc will be much lower than a Tokyo program, but you will receive far more actual instruction in Japanese.
Placement Testing for new students: Early in April, July, October and January, placement testing and interviews take place to help determine the most appropriate class level for your studies. The actual date varies each year depending on the requirements of the Japan’s Immigration Bureau, but you will always know the exact date by at least six (6) months prior to commencement.
Class Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 4 classes per day. Your individual schedule may very deepening upon your proficiency level.
Fees & Costs: There is a small registration fee of 10,500 yen. This fee is waived if you have studied with us before. A Discount Fee is available for early payment (16 weeks prior to commencement), applicants who have previously passed JLPT N1/N2 or JLPT1/2, or students with a working holiday visa. If a Student Visa is required, there is a separate application fee of 21,000 yen.
The calculator gives an approximate exchange rate. Our invoices are denominated in Japanese Yen and are valid for 55 days. Invoices may be issued in AUD/Euro/GBP/USD on request, but are only valid for the month during which they are issued.
|Course Length||Total Fee||Discount Fee|
|6 months||429,000 Yen||374,500 Yen|
|12 months||745,000 Yen||669,500 Yen|
|18 months||1,070,000 Yen||964,500 Yen|
|24 months||1,400,000 Yen||1,265,000 Yen|
(Tuition fees confirmed for 2017-2018)
Levels: The Academic Preparation Course is highly suitable for Beginners through to Intermediate level students, and for those who have studied beyond Intermediate level, but lack confidence in speaking, or struggle with listening comprehension. If you feel that after initial placement testing, that you have been put into a class that is too easy or too difficult, it is usually possible to take a retest. Please consult with your instructors.
Accommodation: All applicants requiring accommodation will receive assistance on request.
The choices available include Private Apartments, Shared Apartments, Guesthouses, or Dormitories with meal plan included.
Entry Requirements: The minimum age at the time of commencement is 18 years. Before commencing the course, you need to have as an absolute minimum, 11 years of full-time education, or have a diploma equivalent to a Japanese senior high school diploma, or some college level studies, or a degree. You do not need to have any prior background in studying Japanese, and beginners are welcome for all start dates. Applicants from some countries may need to have Japan based guarantor before the Letter of Acceptance can be issued. Please check the Visas page to see if you will require a guarantor.
Applications & Enrollment Procedure: All applications and procedures may be completed online, there is no requirement for an interview, referees or application essay.
a) Select start date and course length.
b) Choose accommodation options if accommodation is needed.
c) Check visa requirements, especially the information regarding guarantors.
d) Complete online application form.
e) If you are studying for longer than 6 months, or require a student visa, please receive (by email), complete and send (by courier or registered mail), the Student Visa Application Kit to Admissions.
f) On receipt of invoice, confirm your enrollment via Fee Payment.
g) Receive your Letter of Acceptance and supporting documentation.
h) Purchase a return ticket to Japan if necessary.
i) If you need to apply for a visa, after receiving our documentation, please visit a Japanese Embassy or Consulate to obtain the visa stamp.
Deadlines: If a Student Visa is required, the deadline for application is usually 4 to 5 months prior to commencement, though as this varies, please contact us as soon as possible. If a Student Visa is not required, the deadline for application is 6 weeks prior to commencement. As a general rule, early application is advised.
Payment Method: After an application is approved, we will issue an invoice (usually a PDF file sent via email, though paper copies can be sent).
The preferred payment method is bank transfer. Please note that discounts are available for early payment.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.