Winter A: Japanese Winter Program in Sapporo, Hokkaido
1) Program Outline:
Class size is approximately 15 students per level. There is no maximum class size, but because Japanese language background/prior studies are taken into consideration with the application process, classes at any particular level rarely exceed 18 students.
AM Schedule: 9:00 to 9:45, 9:50 to 10:35, 10:50 to 11:35 and 11:40 to 12:25
PM Schedule: 13:00 to 13:45, 13:50 to 14:35, 14:50 to 15:35 and 15:40 to 16:25
As there are more levels than there are classrooms (9), depending on your level, classes will be held either in the morning or the afternoon. Each lesson is 45 minutes in duration commencing from 9am and finishing at 12:25pm, or from 13:00 and finishing at 16:25pm.
All classes are taught in Japanese only by qualified and experienced JFL teachers. All are native speakers of Japanese.
On the first day of the program (Wednesday January 9th), please arrive at the campus at 08:30am for placement testing and an orientation. Please arrive in Sapporo no later than 4pm on Tuesday January 8th. If travelling across more than 6 time zones, or for a journey of more than 20 hours in total elapsed time, we advise arriving on January 6th or 7th.
Please note that if you arrive earlier than the 7th, you may need to spend 1 or 2 nights in hotel accommodation, due to lack of accommodation availability. Please ensure that you inform us of your arrival details no later than December 15th. Please also note that the 2nd Monday of January is a public holiday – “seijin-no-hi” or “Coming of Age Day”, and there will be no classes on this day.
The focus of the curriculum is on grammar acquisition, reading, and improved oral and conversation skills. We teach only modern contemporary Japanese grammar (you will not for example be exposed to classical texts). The classes are taught in Japanese only and Romaji is not used in instruction.
Minimum Entry Requirements: For the winter programs the major consideration is your current level of Japanese. There is no beginner level class, meaning that you would need to have studied Japanese for approximately 100 hours, as well as read/write hiragana & katakana. It would be advisable to have learned a minimum of 50 kanji, and be able to understand the grammar used up to at about Lesson 25 of the Minna-no-Nihongo textbook. If you are unsure of whether your level is sufficient prior to application, please contact us.
All students entering the programs are graded via a placement test and placement interview on arrival. This ensures that faculty can place you in a class with students who have attained a similar score in the placement test and are of similar ability.
Classes are usually offered from:
Upper Beginner through to
Intermediate levels and above.
Depending on the number of students in the class above or below your initial placement and the difference in the proficiency level, it is usually possible to change classes after consultation and re-assessment with your academic advisor.
Classes are held from Monday to Friday with some optional cultural activities held in the afternoon. (Please note that depending on your level, it is possible that your classes may be scheduled in the afternoons).
You need to be at the campus by 08:30am on January 9th.
4) Program Fee/Costs
Most accommodations (guest house, dormitory, apartment) are within walking distance or 3 subway stops, commuting fares are not included, but would be up to 240 yen each way per day for guest house, dormitory or apartment accommodations.
Homestays will usually require a commute, with usual fares of up to 800 yen per day.
You would also need to budget spending money for sightseeing, entertainment and so on. More will be required if you plan to mix your Japanese language studies with a skiing and snowboarding holiday in Hokkaido. Please note that airfares to and from Sapporo are not included. Please note that early bird discounts are available (see below)
a. Guest House: For guest house accommodation, the program fee is 159,000 Japanese yen
The guesthouse is quite modern, 24 hour access (no curfew), with good security. Meals are not included, but there is a shared kitchen for self-catering (please note that you have your own refrigerator in your private room). Accommodations include private room with desk, chair, heater (but shared bathroom etc). There is LAN internet in the lounge, and the common room has heating (and a fireplace). The walk to the Institute is about 15 minutes. You will need cold weather clothing and non-slip shoes or boots with good traction due to snow and ice. Riding a bicycle to classes is not recommended. Convenience stores, supermarket and post office (for international ATM) etc are close by.
b. Dormitory: For dormitory accommodation, the program fee is 169,000 Japanese yen
There are several dormitories in use. Most have an 11pm curfew (some exceptions, usually only available to early applicants), good security, catered cooking (cafeteria style – do not choose this option if you are vegetarian or vegan etc), private room with desk, chair, heater (but shared bathroom etc). Internet is frequently limited, and usually only available to early applicants, common room with TV etc is available. All dormitories are either within walking distance or within 3 subway stops. You will need cold weather clothing and non-slip shoes or boots with good traction due to snow and ice. Riding a bicycle to classes is not recommended. All dormitories have convenience stores, supermarket and post office (for international ATM), and public transport etc close by.
c. Homestay: For a homestay, the program fee is 197,000 Japanese yen
Homestays offer additional language learning and culture learning opportunities, however please note that there are rules, and that you will need to return to the homestay each evening before the evening meal, and may have fewer opportunities for socializing. We strongly advise that you do not choose this option as your first preference if you are vegetarian or vegan etc. In some homestays, the family are able to provide a private room, however in many cases the room in which a student sleeps each night is the family’s washitsu (tatami mat) room, which by day is an area used by the family, and at night the place where a student can sleep on a futon. In many cases (more common in houses than in apartments) this room is where the family altar is located. For this and other reasons please remember that your sleeping area needs to be kept clean and tidy, a homestay in Japan is not like a bed-and-breakfast or hotel arrangement. If you are one of the lucky few students who receive your own bedroom, please keep it clean and orderly. Internet is frequently unavailable. You will need cold weather clothing and non-slip shoes or boots with good traction due to snow and ice. Homestays are not necessarily close to the Institute, so you will need to budget for train and/or subway fares of up to 1000 yen per day. For homestays breakfast and dinner is included. All homestays are within 1 hour of the campus.
d. Apartment: For self contained furnished apartment accommodation, the program fee is 209,000 Japanese yen
Apartments offer privacy and comfort. All are fully furnished (bed, bedding, mirror, vacuum cleaner, clothes hangers, washing machine, private bathroom & toilet, TV, desk or table, chair or cushions). Meals are not included, but the apartment includes a private kitchen for self-catering including a microwave oven, refrigerator, hot water pot, rice cooker, dishes, bowls, gas or electric cooker, sink etc.
The apartments have good insulation and heating, and good security. Most apartments are located on or near the Tozai subway line, and are convenient for commuting to school or for exploring Sapporo. Internet is usually unavailable, however if early request and payment is made, we can usually arrange for the installation of internet access for a small fee. This is the recommended accommodation for couples, or for those with special dietary requirements. In the case of couples, it is usually possible for a discount to be obtained if the duration of residence is the same for both. If applying as a couple, please send an email to us after you complete your application forms.
5) Application Forms and Enrolment Procedure:
Click here to download the application form (PDF format).
After completing the application form, please submit it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After emailing us your application, you should receive an answer within 24 hours as to whether you can be accepted, are on a waiting list, or are unable to join the Sapporo program. Early application is advised as places are limited and fill up quickly.
If you are accepted into the program, we will email you further instructions on how to complete your application.
6) Payment Methods:
Payment of the program fee can be made by:
a. Bank Transfer or
b. Genkin Kakitome (only for applicants already in Japan)
All successful applicants will receive an invoice upon payment (PDF format).
After your payment is made, it is possible to receive a refund if you cancel before December 15th. The refund is in full with the exception of a 10,500 yen transaction fee. After this date, it is not possible to receive a refund for the program.