Here you can find frequently asked questions and their answers.
Could you tell me the deadline for each term?
|Approximate Application Deadline||Early August Previous year||Late October Previous year||Early February||Late April|
|Application Submission at Immigration||Mid September Previous year||Late November Previous year||Late March||Early June|
|Result will be announced by paying fees. sending the COE* issued by the Immigration Bureau of Japan||Early Nov. Previous year||Late February||Late May||Late August|
|Apply to visa at Embassy/Consulate||Early Dec. Previous year||Early March||Early June||Early September|
* COE : Certificate of Eligibility
How many students are in one class?
The maximum number is 20 students per class. The Short-Term Practical Japanese Course at Kyoto School has a capacity of 15 students. However, if the class level is unbalanced, the class number may be slightly over 20 per class, but these adjustments will be made early on.
Could you tell me the class hours?
|Takadanobaba Campus||8：50～12：00||13：00～16：10||90mins×2 Lessons|
|Ikebukuro Campus||8：50～12：00||13：00～16：10||90mins×2 Lessons|
|Harajuku Campus||8：50～12：00||13：00～16：10||90mins×2 Lessons|
|Kyoto Campus||8：50～12：00||13：00～16：10||90mins×2 Lessons|
|Nagano Campus||8：50～12：00||13：00～16：10||90mins×2 Lessoons|
Although I have never studied Japanese, can I still join ISI?
Can I enroll in the middle of a term?
You may enroll mid-term if you have already studied Japanese, and it is determined that you can sufficiently comprehend class content. Please contact the school for details.
When can I start taking elective classes?
Do the teachers give explanations in other languages during class time?
Students from various countries live and learn together in our classes. Therefore, as a rule, our teachers teach using only Japanese. The lessons are designed using picture cards and photos… even beginners can learn.
As students become accustomed to this method, they will soon be able to speak Japanese more quickly, as they will be thinking in Japanese as well. You’ve come all the way to Japan, by all means… take advantage of this opportunity.
I am a high school student; would I be studying with students that are over 18 years of age?
Can I extend my length of study once the course has started?
Would there be quizzes and homework?
Additionally, an achievement test is administered following every two to three sections of the textbook, and kanji tests are also performed regularly. At the end of the semester, students will know their level of proficiency after the final tests in conversation, listening, reading, and writing.
Would I earn a degree or a diploma after completing Japanese Language School?
If you complete a course of one year or more with a student visa, a diploma will be awarded if your attendance and grades meet the minimum criteria.
If you are enrolled in a short-term course, and your attendance rate meets the criteria, you will be awarded a study certificate.
Does the school have Wi-Fi available?
How many months can I secure housing?
Is the internet available at the housing?
Our school dormitories and recommended housing have Wi-Fi or internet connections available in the rooms. There is no need to worry about provider contracts or installation.
Please tell me about the facilities and furnishing at the accommodations.
The facilities vary by location. Please refer to the link for more information.
Bedding, desks and chairs are provided.
How far from campus are the dormitories, homestay, guesthouse, or weekly mansion?
Can you explain what kind of facility the Guesthouse?
I am a vegetarian, have pet allergies, and am a non-smoker. Are you able to introduce a host family that meets my needs?
On the homestay application form, you will find a column which will allow you to list any dietary restrictions or allergies. From your information, we will find host families that meet your conditions, to the best of our ability.
Can friends or family stay at the dormitory, homestay, guesthouse, or weekly mansion?
May I contact my host family just prior to coming to Japan?
How much would the monthly living expenses be?
The cost of living in Tokyo (rent, food, and utilities) ranges from approximately 70,000 to 170,000 yen per month. In Kyoto / Nagano, please anticipate a cost of around 55,000 to 130,000 yen per month.
|Food||¥25,000 ～ ¥50,000||¥21,600 ～ ¥40,000|
|Transportation||¥5,000 ～ ¥30,000||¥2,000 ～¥10,000|
|Communications Expenses||¥4,000 ～ ¥10,000||¥4,000 ～ ¥10,000|
Approximate costs to eat out.
|Eating (type of meal)||Price|
|Hamburgers sets (with fries and a drink)||¥500 ～ ¥800|
|MacDonald’s Big Mac combo||¥690|
|Beef Bowl (GYUDON) regular size||¥350|
|Starbucks Tall Latte||¥380|
How can I get a mobile phone in Japan?
How should I bring money into Japan?
Please tell me about the climate and temperature in Japan.
How does the public transportation system work in Japan?
Please tell me about the insurance system in Japan.
Can I get a part-time job?
How long does it take to get a Student Visa?
It takes approximately 6 months to apply for a Student Visa. Please contact us as soon as possible.
Click on the link for more details.
How do I apply?
How should I pay for Tuition and Fees?
We will issue an invoice when the application details are confirmed. You will be given information regarding payment by bank transfer.
Do you have any scholarships or fee reduction system?
Yes we do. We have various awards and external scholarships available. For details, see the link.
Would I get to know on what level I’ll be placed when I submit my application?
Classes will be announced the day before the class begins. Class placement is determined by a level check test prior to admission. If you do not take the test, you will be placed at the zero level, so be sure to take the test. A level check by the teacher in charge will determine the best level class for you.
Would it be possible to visit or audit a course, prior to enrollment?
Yes, this is possible. Please contact overseas admissions to schedule a tour and audit at the school you are interested in.
When should I prepare to purchase a ticket to go to Japan?
How much cash should I bring with me to Japan?
If you arrive at the weekend, you may withdraw cash from an ATM. However, it can take up to 6 months to open a bank account. We recommend that you bring at least 200,000 yen, including the train fee upon arrival, the purchase of household items for a week, and food expenses.
Will I need to study Japanese prior to my arrival in Japan?