Kyoto, the most famous historic Japanese city and the ancient capital, has been selected as one of the world’s top 3 cities to visit. Kyoto was the prosperous capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years until 1869 when the capital was moved to Tokyo. Even nowadays Kyoto's abundant culture, tradition and history continues to attract people.
Because Kyoto is the center of Japanese culture, you can feel the authentic traditional culture that emanates from the old buildings, like temples and shrines, that fulfill the street.
A long stay in Kyoto will allow students to enjoy the harmony of the authentic traditional culture and the seasons. ISI is planning to make full use of the resources offered by the beautiful city of Kyoto so both short-term and long-term students will enjoy their time as much as possible.
Thanks to the small class size of maximum 15 students, you can feel very close to the teachers while interacting smoothly in a relaxed atmosphere. It also allows students to talk in class more frequently.
In Kyoto, as part of our special course, we offer a group tour experience which will allow you to discover the rich and traditional Japanese culture. This course is recommended for those who want to improve their Japanese in a short period as well as making friends from all over the world.
There are many temples and old buildings in the surroundings of the school so you can walk to popular touristic spots. During lessons you can also learn and experience Japanese culture such as tea ceremony, zen meditation, etc. in wonderful Kyoto!
This course is available for those who have obtained a student visa with the intention of studying from 1 year and 3 months to a maximum of 2 years (Nagano Campus is from 1year and 6 months to 2 years). If you are at the intermediate level or higher, you may also take 2 elective courses each week. Depending on your individual needs, these courses can help you prepare to enter a school or, to get a job, help you pass the JLPT, or just to improve your language skills. Our campus at Takadanobaba has a special advanced level class just for students wishing to pass the entrance exam at schools which are particularly difficult to get into.
This course is for students coming to Japan with a residency status other than a student visa, and wish to study Japanese from a minimum of 2 weeks. Those who wish to be enrolled for one year or more on a working holiday visa or a Japanese spouse visa may also take this short-term course. The short-term general course offers the same curriculum as the long-term course, and is designed for those who are serious about learning Japanese.
The Short-Term Practical Japanese Course covers a lot of familiar topics, focusing on conversation, grammar, and written expression. In the class we include an emphasis on learning, and then experiencing the culture, and then finally, express what we have learned about the culture in Japanese.
Summer Course (Takadanobaba school, Kyoto school only)
This is a course where students can enjoy a Japan on a long summer vacation in Japan, while learning Japanese in a fun and practical way in class, and through various experiential events. In addition to language classes, there are many activities, which include Japanese cultural opportunities and sightseeing at some of the most popular spots.
We provide individualized and optimal Japanese lessons suited students’ needs, such as learning objectives, the Japanese level, or preferred attendance schedules. From private personal lessons to group lessons for companies, you can visit come to the campus, or we can dispatch instructors to you.
・Living together with students from all over the world
・Staff resides in the dormitory for more safety
・Meals not included
・Commuting time: 10 - 40 minutes by public transportation
Kyoto Campus will offer two courses to suit your learning objectives and the length of your stay.
Learning Japanese in Kyoto gives you more opportunities to feel and experience the authentic Japanese culture. ISI will take advantage of this rich environment to include traditional experiences such as tea ceremony, zen meditation and handicraft into the General Japanese Course so you learn Japanese through these cultural experiences.
For those advanced students who wish to enroll in higher education in Japan, we also offer courses for learning academic Japanese language.