7 Japanese schools in Tokyo for long-term students

Studying Japanese is very important for living, working and staying in Japan. J SELECT features Japanese language schools in the greater Tokyo area offering long-term courses mainly for students looking to attend university or work in Japan and are usually one to two years of full-time study. Here’s a list to find your perfect school in Tokyo.

 

Contents
◆TOYO LANGUAGE SCHOOL (Edogawa)
◆Tokyo Cocoro Japanese Language School (Itabashi)
◆KAI Japanese Language School (Shinjuku)
◆UJS Language Institute (Roppongi)
◆YU Language Academy (Okubo)
◆MEROS LANGUAGE SCHOOL (Ikebukuro)
◆Tokyo Kokusai Chishiki Gakuin (Oji)

TOYO LANGUAGE SCHOOL

Description

Toyo Language School is a school that teaches students using our original education system called “JCT education system.”  It consists of three steps; JJM (Jikei Japanese Monitoring), Counseling and Target-setting. By taking our JJM, students can check their Japanese ability, and by analyzing their results with homeroom teachers, they can set new targets every three months. We are not simply teaching Japanese, but as TLS has the goal to educate humanity, we consider the activities very important because play integrates learning. At TLS, students will see Japan from many different angles and learn Japanese in different places. This will help them to be stimulated, made aware and grow. Enjoy the wonderful life of overseas study that will be the key to Japanese improvement.

Features

To follow the JCT education system, we provide a counseling sheet as an analysis tool for all students each term. Counseling sheets enable students to know their strengths and weaknesses in detail. For students who know their own weak points and want to overcome them, elective classes in a relevant field are recommended. Classes are organized from beginner to intermediate levels to assist students in their weak areas, such as grammar, the use of particles or kanji, and students can see their progress. We believe that Japanese study is not only about remembering vocabulary and grammar. In order to learn Japanese well, the experience is about trying to tell or let someone understand in good ways. Students in intermediate levels are looking for themes to make posters and learn how to communicate in Japanese through team projects. At the end of the project, they will have an opportunity to present to Japanese guests.

Curriculum

In addition to basic proficiency in grammar and vocabulary, the TLS curriculum is intended to make use of prior learning by engaging regularly in tasks that combine at least two of the four skills: listening, speaking, writing and reading. Through the TLS teaching method, students improve their practical Japanese language abilities, progressing from the more basic, “I understand,” to the more advanced, “I can use it.” We have four levels for basic Japanese classes: Let’s start, Take a step forward, Make human relationships and Send information. Each class takes at least three months to complete and they help students to see their goals clearly. Once students can comprehend basic Japanese, they move to advanced levels and try to get high scores on the EJU (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students) and pass high JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) levels to enter higher education institutions.

Courses

The purpose of studying in Japan depends on each student. Studying as a long-term student to get a job or go to undergraduate, graduate school or professional training college, they need to get a student visa. Entrance is available four times a year (April, July, October and January), and the school will be decided by Japanese language ability and plan after graduation. Our staff uses certificates of eligibility (COE) which are necessary for students when they apply for a student visa at the Immigration Bureau on the designated dates according to each entrance timing.

 

TOYO LANGUAGE SCHOOL

Address: 7-6-3 Nishi-Kasai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5605-6211
Contact: info@tls-japan.com

 


Tokyo Cocoro Japanese Language School

Description

We are a conversation-focussed school with lessons conducted in a way to especially develop speaking ability. Our motto is “Let’s learn Japanese that you can actually use” and here at Tokyo Cocoro, we live by this motto. Additionally, we  boast two extracurricular activities per term, totalling eight immersive Japanese experiences per year! Our teachers are of an extremely high quality; for example, one of our teachers used to teach Japanese at a university in the U.K. On top of this, all of our teachers care very strongly about our students and do their very best to make sure the students are constantly growing. This carries over as far as aiding students in finding jobs, and helping them on their paths to higher education. Our school also offers support for students, such as helping a student who has just arrived in Japan to settle into Japanese student life, finding accommodations and part time jobs, providing assistance at the ward office and more!

Features

With an emphasis on improving communication skills, our school’s motto is “Let’s learn Japanese that you can actually use”! Every day without fail, we revise what was learned in class the previous day. Our main focus is not just progress to higher education, but also working together with our students to coach and guide them to achieve what they want to get out of studying Japanese, whether that is higher education, employment or other areas. Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) practice and employment related studies (such as job interview coaching) are included in our curriculum, however we also work on perfecting the three normal classroom skills (reading, writing and listening), as well and developing fun and interesting classes outside of the academic setting of desk learning. 

Online lessons taught by our school’s exclusive veteran lecturer currently living in Europe! As our classes will be held at a convenient European time, it is easier for those who have trouble scheduling around Japanese time. Recommended to those who wish to study Japanese in their home country and for those who have an interest in Japan but are still unsure as to whether studying abroad is right for them. Based on an original schedule and curriculum, it is possible for even the busy worker who wishes to take classes once a week.

Curriculum

Our one-year course will bring your Japanese ability to roughly JLPT N3/4 level. The two-year course curriculum aims for JLPT N2/1. Our curriculum also includes Japanese for business, job hunting, interviews with Japanese people from outside of our school, doing presentations based on topics decided and researched by the students and more!

Courses

Long-term course choices of one year, 18 months and two years. Aimed at students wishing to proceed onto further/higher education or full-time employment in Japan. Designed to achieve JLPT N2 (or even N1 depending on the student) level Japanese ability. Not only test preparation, but also classes structured to be fun and interesting, even at the intermediate level and above.

 

 

 

 


Tokyo Cocoro Japanese Language School
Address: 3-25-2 Tokiwadai, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-6454-5567
Contact: info@tokyococoro.jp

 


KAI Japanese Language School

Description

Founded in 1987, KAI Japanese Language School is a highly reputable, immersive Japanese language school located in Tokyo, Japan. Since our foundation, we’ve attracted students from over 120 countries who find a fun and challenging learning experience at KAI. We continuously strive to improve course materials, adopt and develop new learning methods and present our findings within the Japanese language learning community. We also value and protect diversity, discourage discrimination and support our students regarding health, continuing education and career guidance. Whether short-term or long-term, for fun or finding work in Japan, the staff and teachers at KAI welcome you and support your Japanese language learning needs!

Features

Located in Tokyo, and within walking distance of Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in the world, surrounded by great shopping, restaurants and entertainment. We are proud of our well-balanced international student body, always having students from over 40 nationalities at any moment, with more than half from Western countries. KAI  is accredited by IALC and Nisshinkyo (The Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education), as well as certified to meet the requirements of ISO 29991:2014. In 2015, KAI introduced the KAI DLS (Digital Learning System) using iPads and original digital teaching materials to provide classes with a focus on active learning. Thanks to our five years of experience in implementing a variety of digital education methods, we have been able to provide the same high quality education in our online classes that we started due to the coronavirus, and this is what sets us apart from other schools by far.

Curriculum

We offer both comprehensive Japanese language courses for long-term students and conversation-based Japanese language courses for short-term students year-round. KAI summer Japanese language courses include Grammar & Conversation, JLPT Preparation, and our Teen Program to give younger students (aged 13-17) an immersive Japanese language learning experience in Tokyo. Private Japanese language lessons are also available for both individuals and corporate clients. For those who are unable to come to Japan, KAI Japanese Language School offers an “Online Study Abroad” option, which allows you to take the general course online (by Zoom) from abroad. In addition to learning Japanese intensively from your home, you will also study in the same class as other students living in Japan, so you can simulate studying in Japan. Also, when you come to Japan, you can seamlessly continue your studies from the previous level of the online study abroad program.

Courses

The General Japanese Course is a comprehensive and intensive Japanese language course for students who wish to master the Japanese language. It includes a strong focus on learning kanji for students from countries which do not use them, digital learning with iPads and a balance of the four skills of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Advanced level students conduct community-based learning (CBL) through collaboration with local schools, libraries, universities and other institutions. Through CBL, students learn to communicate and interact with others in Japanese society, moving beyond the confines of a language classroom. They also have the opportunity to take the NBJ Business Japanese Program.

 

 

 

 


KAI Japanese Language School
Adress: Miyuki Bldg., 1-15-18, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-3205-1356
Contact: admission@kaij.co.jp


UJS Language School


Description

Since its establishment in 1986 in Roppongi in Tokyo’s Minato Ward, students of all nationalities study in the same classroom surrounded by internationally famous icons, such as Tokyo Tower, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown. UJS considers speaking, reading, listening and writing the cornerstones of communication ability. To improve their students’ communication skills efficiently, UJS follows a well-balanced curriculum and teaching strategy at all times. Due to the development of global economics, student goals have become highly diversified.To maintain the high satisfaction of all students, UJS provides not only qualified Japanese education, but also individualized career support. UJS opens the door to all learners from all counties.

Features

UJS is a long-established language school in Tokyo. As a pioneer of Japanese language schools, UJS always has continuously tried new things, such as training Japanese language teachers and offering private lessons, as well as Japanese lessons for corporations. UJS possesses considerable knowledge and experience relating to Japanese language education. Although one of the largest schools in the Roppongi area, UJS takes special care in looking after its students. All UJS staff are enthusiastic and friendly, and always thinking about their students’ future goals. Additionally, UJS conducts school events, including field trips and speech contests. Through these events, students are able to learn Japanese culture and customs and build lasting relationships.

Curriculum

UJS bases its curriculum on its teaching philosophy. Developing global human resources for the real world is the school’s mission. Therefore, the curriculum is designed for proceeding to higher education and the real business world. Over the last 30 years, UJS has maintained the belief that the most important part of learning a new language is improving communication. To improve Japanese proficiency quickly and efficiently, UJS provides a well-balanced curriculum to improve the four pillars of communication: reading, listening, writing and speaking. Teaching not only Japanese knowledge, but also encouraging students to put their language skills to use in Japanese society. There are four entrance periods each year for long-term courses. Other courses are available year-round. You can study any course that matches your level.

Courses

Long-term courses are suitable for learners who aim for higher education or a career in Japanese. Students are able to enroll in April, July, October and January. The length of the study periods depends on admission periods. Classes are adapted to suit the needs of the students and cover various topics, including preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), which is often a requirement for Japanese universities and colleges. Many companies also look at JLPT scores when hiring non-Japanese employees. UJS also offers preparation courses for the EJU (Japanese University Entrance Exam), covering social studies, science and mathematics. Furthermore, UJS offers career development, as well as living assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

UJS Language Institute
Adress: 3-3-29 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 0355456941
Contact: ujsli1986@ujsli.jp
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YU Language Academy

Description

Our school has been certified by the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau. Students in this school come from over 18 different countries including Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Malaysia, Philippine, China, America, France, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Iraq. They study Japanese, and enjoy themselves by experiencing Japanese culture at the same time. Our Tokyo campus is the only school in Tokyo with a tea ceremony room and traditional Japanese garden. We also arrange international exchange events and excursions to help students strengthen their Japanese skills through conversation and cultural experience. ‘Learning’ is not only limited to in-class lessons but also happens through life experience. We do all we can to support those who work hard to achieve their goals! In addition to Tokyo campuses, we also have a campus in Sapporo. “Study Hard! Learn Fun! This is what YU do!”

Features

We have various courses set up, well-equipped dorms within walking distance from the school. Moreover, we have a school scholarship system to aid outstanding students with financial difficulties. We also have a café “Yumeiro” nearby Tokyo campuses where YU students exclusively dine for only 360 yen.  If our students have any difficulties, problems or questions regarding their study process and school or daily life, they are always welcome to ask our school staff, who will come to their aid as soon as possible. We assist students with their public health insurance application. It allows our students to have obligatorily medical examinations and be able to deal with any illnesses or accidents with ease. Our school arranges college and University visits, where our students can choose among a variety of fields of study and tertiary education. Students can freely use School computers with internet access.

Curriculum

There are preparatory courses (long-term, student visa) and Short-term courses. Beside Japanese language lessons there are lessons for EJU, JLPT and job-searching measures. Our school also organizes extra lessons, to help students who are falling behind and need the teacher’s help to catch up with the others and move forward with less difficulties.

Courses

We offer four intake periods as follows:
April intake: Preparatory course «1 year» / Preparatory course «2 years»
July intake: Preparatory course «1 year 9 months»
October intake: Preparatory course «1 year 6 months»
January intake: Preparatory course «1 year 3 months»

 

 

 

 

 


Yu Language Academy

Address: 2-16-25 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3209-0160
Contact: info@yula.jp

 


MEROS LANGUAGE SCHOOL

Description

Meros Language School (est. 1984) is in the heart of Ikebukuro, Tokyo, the next generation anime town replacing Akihabara. In order to ensure that each student can achieve their desired career path, we make sure that every step of the way is followed.

➡Join the most suitable class from among 58 subdivided classes by level
➡ End-of-term test every three months and counseling by homeroom teachers
➡ Analyze strengths and weaknesses, update and share goals and tasks with students
➡ Steady improvement of Japanese language skills

Throughout their time at Meros, students will have opportunities to work closely with teachers and participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities outside of the classroom, creating a strong bond of trust between students and teachers that will last a lifetime. Even after graduating from Meros, there are regular reunions (online and in person), so graduates can feel connected wherever they are in the world.

Features

We have developed a unique system of interview practice and exam preparation for each student, based on our continuous analysis of the career paths of over 10,000 graduates. Our teachers are all Japanese, which means that we can provide the best guidance in Japan. As a result, we have a 100% success rate of students achieving their desired career path (higher education and employment). In addition, we can receive special treatment from many famous top schools and big companies only available to Meros students.

◆Recommendations from our partner schools (exemption from school fees and entrance fees)
◆Special college guidance by famous top schools
◆Special lectures by famous top schools
◆Japanese-style business lectures from famous companies.

Curriculum

In the most suitable classes for each level, the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking are improved efficiently and effectively in a balanced manner. In the beginner’s classes, students will acquire the basics of the Japanese language. In the intermediate classes, students can take elective courses such as “JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) Preparation,” “EJU (Examination for Japanese University Admisstion) Preparation,” “Business Japanese,” “Manga Japanese/Art Terms” and others, which are necessary for each student’s career path.

As for special classes, we also always offer the following two classes:

◆Graduate School Preparation Class: For students who wish to enter graduate school. Thorough instruction in presentations and discussions in Japanese, research plan writing and interviews with graduate school professors.
◆Art drawing classes: for students wishing to go to art university. Beginner and intermediate classes. Japanese teachers from famous art schools teach Japanese style drawing, critique works and prepare students for entrance exams.

Courses

This long term course is for students who wish to study in Japan for a long period of time in order to achieve their goals, such as entering a vocational school, university, graduate school or seeking employment.

Admission is four times a year, April (1 year/2 year course), July (1 year, 9 month course), October (1 year, 6 month course) and January (1 year, 3 month course).

Students who wish to study in Japan for more than one year need to obtain a student visa. We will suggest the best time to enter our school, considering their desired career path after graduating from Meros and their current Japanese level. The process from enquiry to the start of class is as below.

➡Decide when to enter the school
➡Prepare student visa application documents
➡Our staff will apply for Certificate of Eligibility (COE) at the Tokyo Immigration
➡Receive COE
➡Apply for student visa at the Japanese embassy in your country
➡Enter Japan
➡Enrollment procedures and start classes

 

 

 

 

 

MEROS LANGUAGE SCHOOL
Adress: 2-45-7 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3980-0068
Contact: info@meros.jp


Tokyo Kokusai Chishiki Gakuin

Description

TOKYO KOKUSAI CHISHIKI GAKUIN. is a Japanese Language College aiming to take students for admission to higher education. Our faculty members will provide the platform of higher education and careers for overseas students from all over the world by taking the educational concept of “Education as foundation, higher admission as target.” Our college supports and assists students to achieve their dreams. Our school is in Oji, Tokyo. Oji is a safe, well-developed area with a rich history. We have many brochures of universities and colleges for your future studies. You can also use computers for school applications and take care of your personal needs by arranging a time with the office. Months of enrollment are April, July and October. The tuition fee for one year is about ¥700,000 (It varies depending on admission month).

Features

Our college has a teaching team with rich teaching experience to provide one-on-one guidance for examinations to study abroad and entrance examinations of universities. In addition to helping students learn about the characteristics of Universities and majors in Japan, we will recommend the appropriate university and major for each student. Our staff will try their best to provide help for your future. The communication between student and teacher is close.You can talk with your teacher about anything. Faculty members support each student and take their concerns seriously, not only Japanese. Most of the graduates apply to graduate universities or vocational schools. Some of these schools are The University of Tokyo, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Chiba University, Okayama University. Other graduates apply to famous private universities and vocational schools. Many students from countries that do not use or have kanji have passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 level. If you are a graduate from college in your home country and pass N2 or higher, we can help you find a job.

Curriculum

Our general course focuses on topics covered by the JLPT in three separate levels. 

  • Primary level (JLPT-N3): Students aim to have simple conversations and to read and write general text. 
  • Intermediate level (JLPT-N2): Students aim to have complex conversations and understanding of news and magazines. 
  • Senior level (JLPT-N1): Students Aim to understand Japanese at the same level as a native Japanese person.

We also have special courses covering broader topics for students hoping to attend Japanese Universities. These courses cover basic subjects, such as math and comprehensive literature. As well as how to plan for graduate school and contact professors.The special courses also cover career development, Providing students with useful skills such as writing resumes, preparing for interviews, and social and cultural norms related to working in Japan. 

Courses

This is the best course for the purpose of attending graduate school, Vocational College or University in Japan. Not only studying the four major language abilities of listening, speaking, reading and writing, but also preparing students to take Japanese University Entrance exams. 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo Kokusai Chishiki Gakuin
Adress: 3-17-2, Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5669-0811
Contact: suzuki@tkcg.jp

 

Index
◆TOYO LANGUAGE SCHOOL (Edogawa)◆Tokyo Cocoro Japanese Language School (Itabashi)◆KAI Japanese Language School (Shinjuku),  ◆UJS Language Institute (Roppongi)◆YU Language Academy (Okubo) , ◆MEROS LANGUAGE SCHOOL (Ikebukuro)◆Tokyo Kokusai Chishiki Gakuin (Oji)