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Features of Long-term Course

  • Long-term Courses start 4 times a year (April, July, October and January). Start whenever you like.
  • Our wide range of lessons covers the various needs of the students, including business Japanese, preparation for the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) and the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and can be selected according to the student’s goals. We also offer a Japanese teacher training program for foreigners during the winter.
  • One teacher is assigned to each class, so that each student can receives personal attention.
  • Quality career counseling based on past exam data is provided to fully support the students. Students planning to continue on to graduate school are also well supported.
  • Classes of various levels are provided depending on whether the student comes from a country which uses Kanji or not. Even students from countries which are not familiar with Kanji can learn without worry.
  • The school organizes various exchange events and cultural experience programs on a regular basis, providing students with many opportunities to practice what they have learned in the class through actual conversations with Japanese people.
  • The school holds original mock exams for students preparing for the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) and the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).


How the lesson is taught

If you ask students why they want to learn Japanese, everyone has a different answer. Our long-term course covers the needs of every student by offering goal-based lessons selected according to his/her goal. The course consists of General Japanese, Goal-based lessons and Kanji lessons.

General Japanese

・Lessons are divided according to the Japanese language ability of the students.
・Lesson aim to increase grammatical knowledge including important phrases and expressions and to improve the speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities of each student.
・From Level 3 and higher, lessons are divided between general classes and University- preparatory classes.
・For students who wish to continue their education, enrollment in University-preparatory classes is encouraged.

Purpose-oriented class

・Our lessons cover a variety of student needs, such as preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test or entry into a Japanese university, learning business Japanese or Japanese culture.
・Classes can be selected by the students according to their individual needs and purposes.
・There are 3 levels to start from.

Kanji lessons

Classes are divided between students from countries which use Kanji and those which do not.

<Allocation of time for one week>

Elementary Level 1 – 2

General Japanese

Intermediate Level 3 – 4

General Japanese

Upper-Intermediate and Advanced Level 5 – 10

Purpose-oriented class
General Japanese

Study Period and Proficiency Level

Level Level of Japanese Level of JLPT Level of CEFR
Beginner Each level is 3 months 1 From basic beginner to conversational ability. N5 A1
2 Basic grammar is completed and adding on to basic conversational skills, the ability to understand and express ideas. N4 A2
Intermediate 3 Ability to communicate with ease and continue conversations. N3
4 Can express complex ideas and use language appropriate to the situation. B1
5 Ability to understand newspapers and magazines and can express opinions. N2
Advance 6 Debating and negotiating skills are learned as well as proper use of expressions and advanced vocabulary. B2
7 Orally responding to arguments and novels and increasing reading abilities while being able to explain the storyline of written works. N1
8 Complete ability to understand Japanese TV and newspapers. C1
9 Can respond to a wide variety of topics and can discuss complicated and abstract ideas.
10 Understand university lectures and can compose logical arguments. C2
11 Near ability of Japanese speaker.

*Your class is determined by the result of the placement test.

Purpose-oriented elective Class

Test preparation

Subject Spring Summer Autumn Winter
JLPT Simulation test N1
JLPT Simulation test N2
JLPT Simulation test N3
EJU Listening comprehension Listening & Reading/Reading comprehension
EJU Note-taking training
EJU General subjects
Short essay's basics
Graduate school preparation seminar

Business course

Subject Spring Summer Autumn Winter
Business communication I
Business communication II
Business communication III
Business presentation
PR skill polishing (writing and speaking)
Business manner and business culture
Business' usage of respectable terms (working condition expression)
Business information (Reading, Researching, Thinking)
Business phone calls
Business VTR
Writing about business occasions
Business vocabulary

General Education

Subject Spring Summer Autumn Winter
Studies concerning expressions that native speaker naturally flow out without paying too much attention to it.
Tokyo's here and there
Japan's geography
Japanese culture
Comic culture
Kanji puzzles
Osaka dialect
Book reading
Seasonal Japanese language and cultural learning
News and current events

Level up course

Subject Spring Summer Autumn Winter
Happy Kanji learning ~ Kanji level up for Kanji-difficulty learners
Pronunciation workshop
News, visual and listening
Writing correctly
Write as much as we can
Happy writing
Writing and listening simultaneously

Japanese language instructor training

Subject Spring Summer Autumn Winter
Foreign learner related seminar for Japanese language instructors


Students' Voices

Support for students to go for higher education

The preparation for higher education is totally different between universities, colleges and graduate schools. IIJ support the students for their future careers, and provides them detailed career guidance not only for universities and colleges but also graduate schools.

Career Support
Achievements in higher education/List of designated schools and recommended schools

Fees / Admission / Time schedule

Period Screening fee Admission fee Tuition fee Activity fee Facilities Student society insurance fee Total
1 year ¥20,000 ¥60,000 ¥700,000 ¥36,000 ¥24,000 ¥10,000 ¥850,000
1 year and 3 months ¥20,000 ¥60,000 ¥875,000 ¥48,000 ¥30,000 ¥13,300 ¥1,046,300
1 year and 6 months ¥20,000 ¥60,000 ¥1,050,000 ¥54,000 ¥36,000 ¥15,800 ¥1,235,800
1 year and 9 months ¥20,000 ¥60,000 ¥1,225,000 ¥69,000 ¥42,000 ¥17,900 ¥1,433,900
2 years ¥20,000 ¥60,000 ¥1,400,000 ¥72,000 ¥48,000 ¥20,000 ¥1,620,000


Students who keep good marks and high attendance rate can have chances to obtain scholarships.

Course Commencement and Application Period

Students wishing to enroll in the long-term course will need to apply for a student visa. Please plan ahead as it will take time to prepare all the necessary documents.
(How to apply for the long-term course)
Application forms are accepted approximately six months prior to your desired date of entrance. Students applying from overseas should contact the Study Abroad Office or inquire using the Inquiry Form (A form provided on the Contact us page).

Admission Long-term Course Application Period
April 1 year / 2years course October
July 1 year and 9 months course Feburary
October 1 year and half course April
January 1 year and 3 months course August

Class Hours and Japanese Level

Students take four 50-minute morning or afternoon classes. Classes are scheduled according to the level of Japanese. Students in the Basics to beginning Intermediate levels attend classes in the afternoon and advanced Intermediate to Advanced level students take morning classes.

Morning class

1st Period 9:15-10:05
2nd Period 10:15-11:05
3rd Period 11:15-12:05
4th Period 12:15-13:05

Afternoon class

1st Period 13:25-14:15
2nd Period 14:25-15:15
3rd Period 15:25-16:15
4th Period 16:25-17:15

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