Long-Term Course

1. Enrollment is open 4 times a year

Admissions are four times a year at the Takadanobaba, Ikebukuro, and Kyoto campuses (April, July, October, and January). Nagano campus admissions are twice a year in April and October.

2. The Academic Year begins in April

In accordance with the standard schedule of the Japanese education system, our school year generally begins in April. From April to March of the Following year comprises a school year. The following second year subsequently begins the next April to the next March.

3. Class teacher system

There is a homeroom teacher for each class, so students can always consult with them in regards to problems related to learning and school life. Each school has a special area for consultation, so you can feel security in your personal conversations.

4. Full career support

If you enroll from the beginner level, your personal teacher will provide an individual interview in October of the first year (intermediate and above levels may begin immediately). Following this, you can receive regular career guidance meetings every three months. In addition to regular interviews, you can also apply for interviews with your teacher at any time you feel it necessary. Each campus also has a career advisor who specializes in career guidance. In cooperation with your teachers, we will do our utmost to support students who hope to go on to higher education as well as those who wish to work.
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5. Elective classes to meet your needs

From intermediate level II, elective classes are offered twice a week (90 minutes). You may choose classes to meet your career and learning objectives after graduation from graduate school, EJU exam preparation (university / vocational school advancement), JLPT exam preparation, conversation, and employment options.
You may select classes based on your individual learning objectives following graduation. Select classes to prepare for university entrance exam, the JLPT exam, to build conversation skills, or for career preparation.
You can choose classes according to your career and learning objectives after graduation from graduate school, EJU exam preparation (university / vocational school advancement), JLPT exam preparation, conversation, and employment options. Gain practical content to help you achieve your goals. For more details, please review the “Elective Classes” section below.

6. The Takadanobaba Campus offers a special advanced class for those students seeking entrance to universities which are typically difficult to gain admittance.

Takadanobaba Campus offers a special advanced class for those students seeking entrance to universities which are typically difficult to gain admittance. Upon completion of elementary level class, students may take a placement exam for entrance to these special classes. Please note that students who enrolled in January are not eligible.

7. Meaningful Activities

As part of off-campus learning and as an opportunity for international exchange, each school at the ISI Group conducts various events. Please see the school event on the following page.
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Classes are divided into 8 levels from beginner to advanced. The guidelines for learning objectives at each level are as follows.

Level JLPT Level Standards CEFR Level Standards Class hours per week
Beginner LevelⅠ N5 A1 200 classes in 10 weeks for each level
LevelⅡ N4 A2
Intermediate LevelⅠ N3 B1
LevelⅡ N2
LevelⅢ B2
Advanced LevelⅠ N2/N1
LevelⅡ N1
LevelⅢ C1

Depending on their goals, students in Intermediate II or above choose and enroll in an elective class which meets 2 times a week*(1).
Students choose their elective class through a survey collected at the beginning of each term. Please be advised that some electives classes may not be offered depending on the number of enrollees.
*(1) expect Top University Preparation Class

Elective Class Name and schools/ Offered in the following Campuses Class description/ Requirements for enrollment
Graduate School Pathway Class (Takadanobaba, Kyoto Campuses) Prepares students in writing research proposals and short theses that are required when applying to graduate schools in Japan.
【Requirements for enrollment】
Must have graduated from a university from the student’s home country, Must be eligible to apply to graduate school
EJU Preparation Class
(All campuses)
Prepares students in using academic Japanese and studying for the EJU (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students) which is required when applying to universities in Japan.
【Requirements for enrollment】
Must have graduated from high school as part of a 12 year education system.
JLPT Preparation Class
(All campuses)
Focuses on problems that are likely to appear in the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) or problems that have been previously used on the JLPT. Practice tests are administered before the actual JLPT.
【Requirements for enrollment】
Students who aim to pass the N1 or N2 (Depending on the school, N3 preparation is also offered)
Practical Conversation Class
(All campuses)
Seeks to improve conversation skills through activities such as role-play, debate and field work.
【Requirements for enrollment】
Students who want to improve their conversation skills.
Job Finding Class
(All campuses)
Prepares students for their job search by providing practical lessons in topics such as writing resumes, practicing interviews, and improving presentation skills. There are also opportunities to go on company tours or information sessions just for ISI students.
【Requirements for enrollment】
Students who satisfy the requirements for obtaining a work visa, for example, by graduating from a 4 year or 2 year university in their home country.
※Applicable to Intermediate Ⅲ and above

The Top University Preparation Class offered in Takadanobaba is specially designed for students who aim to apply to the most prestigious universities in Japan.※
Students who complete the Beginner I Japanese class may take the screening test to apply to the Top University Preparation Class. Students who pass the screening test are enrolled in the said class. This Class progresses faster than the normal curriculum and also puts more weight into preparing for the EJU and university entrance exams.
※ Please be advised that students who are admitted in January are not eligible to apply to this class.

  • Classes are scheduled every Monday to Friday. There are no classes on national and school holidays.
  • There are 2 class periods each school day. 1 class period lasts 90 minutes.
  • You will have class in the morning or afternoon, depending on which class you are enrolled in.
  • There are up to 20 students in each class.

【Morning Classes】

  • 1st period : 8:50~10:20
  • 2nd period : 10:30~12:00

【Afternoon Classes】

  • 1st period : 13:00~14:30
  • 2nd period : 14:40~16:10

ISI uses an online Class Placement Test which can be accessed through a computer or smart phone. As a result, you can immediately check your assigned class on arrival in Japan and smoothly transition to the beginning of your school life. We will also ask you to complete a questionnaire about your past experiences in learning Japanese and your future plans, which will then be used to place you in a class that matches with your level of Japanese and learning goals. In case you feel that the assigned class does not match with your level of Japanese, we have a Class Changing Period in place, during which you can consult with faculty to change classes.

  1. Academic performance is evaluated from the results of achievement tests from texts, quizzes, homework and the final exam at the end of each term.
  2. At the end of each term, you will receive a cumulative grade according to the following 5 step grading scale: A+(90~100%), A(80~89%), B(70~79%), C(60~69%), D(below 59%). Individuals can check their cumulative grade from the Student Portal Site.

If your cumulative grade is above C at the end of the term, you may advance to the next level class (Please refer to Academic Grades and Evaluation above). If your cumulative grade is D, an assignment will be given out by the school. Based on the results of this assignment and a faculty meeting, the school will decide whether you will be allowed to advance to the next level class. If your advancement is not recognized, you will be enrolled in a class of the same level as before and study the same material once more.

If you satisfy the requirements below, your graduation in March will be recognized. If your graduation is recognized, the school will confer a Certificate of Graduation.

  • Completed 1 year or more of courses and will be enrolled in school until the following March.
  • Average attendance rate is 80% or higher.
  • Receive a grade of C or higher in all subjects upon graduation.
  • The final class level is Intermediate II or higher.

Students who do not fulfill the above requirements but hold a student visa.

  1. For students whose enrollment period has expired but who satisfy the requirements below, a Certificate of Completion will be conferred
    ・Average attendance rate is 80% or higher.
    ・Receive a cumulative grade of C or higher upon completion.
  2. Students who are expelled during a term may request a Certificate of Past Enrollment with a fee.
  3. Students who enter college or graduate school in October may request a Certificate of Enrollment with a fee.