Short-Term Standard Course

1. Can study for a minimum period of 2 weeks

The Short-Term Standard Course is a 2 weeks minimum course for those who desire to study Japanese but plan to enter Japan with a visa other than a student visa. This includes those with a working holiday visa or a spouse of a Japanese national visa who are also planning to enroll longer than 1 year. The Short-Term Standard Course delivers the same curriculum as the Long-Term Course, and is designed for those who want a solid course in Japanese

2. Available in all campuses

You may apply for the Short-Term Standard Course with any of the ISI group schools. Please feel free to choose the area and school of your preference. For those that are absolute beginners, please enter at the beginning of any of the April, July, October and January terms. Those with experience in Japanese may enter the middle of terms as well. In this case, please take a preliminary Level Check Test so we can assign you to a class that matches with your Japanese skills.

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)

※The Kyoto campus offers this class starting from April 2020

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 (Takadanobaba, Ikebukuro, Kyoto Campuses)

※Only for those who can enroll for an entire term.
※The Kyoto campus offers this class starting from April 2020


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.

  • 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.

Students who were enrolled in an entire term (1st term : April to June, 2nd term: July to September, 3rd term: October to December, 4th term: January to March) will receive a cumulative grade at the end of the term. Students who are enrolled in only a part of a term will not receive a Report Card. If you do not plan to enroll in the next term, please consult with your Homeroom Teacher as normally feedback for your cumulative grade is provided during the following term.

  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%).

If your average attendance rate during your period of enrollment is 80% or higher, you will be conferred a Certificate of Study.