principle, international students are not permitted to transfer
from one Japanese-language institute to another, or to a preparatory
Japanese-language program at a private university in Japan. Students
should be very careful to choose a school by collecting sufficient
information and check on each school's guide or inquire directly
from its current or former students.
(1) Preparatory Japanese-language
programs at private universities
Students can obtain information on Preparatory Japanese-language
Programs for International Students at private universities, a
directory compiled by the Association of Private Universities
of Japan. The directory is available at many Japanese government
offices overseas. The list of institutes can be reffered to at
JASSO web site (http://www.jasso.go.jp)
or Voice & Fax Information Service. In addition, JASSO web
site links to the web sites of universities offering preparatory
Japanese-language programs for international students.
(2) Japanese-language institutes
It is important when choosing a Japanese-language institutes to
confirm whether the institute is accredited by the Association
for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education because the status
of residence as "college student" and "pre-college
student" are not granted for study at unaccredited institutes.
The accredited institutes are listed in "Japanese Language
Institutes in Japan", published by the association, so you
should refer to this list. The English version of the list is
available on their web site
The Information Center of JASSO compiles a list of
Japanese Language Institutes based on "Japanese language
institutes in Japan."
*Accreditation of Japanese-language institutes is renewed every
(3) Course of preliminary study for university entrance
The Information Center of JASSO compiles a
list of "Course
of Preliminary Study for University Entrance," which
is available from the JASSO web site (http://www.jasso.go.jp)
or Voice & Fax Information Service.
(4) Choosing a course
When choosing an institute providing Japanese-language
education, please attend to the following.
1. Program objectives:
What are the main objectives of the
institute's courses? Does the program have a course that suits
* Japanese-language institutes offer various courses, such as
a general course, a course for students who wish to enter Japanese
higher educational institutions, a business-oriented Japanese-language
Note: In the case of those who completed only 10 or 11 years of
school education, they cannot obtain qualifications to enter universities
by attending general courses. Consequently, these prospective
students must be sure to select from among the Japanese-language
institutes designated by Monbukagakusho as the "course
of preliminary study for university entrance."
2. Japanese proficiency level:
Are the students placed in different
classes according to their level of Japanese, so that each student
can receive lessons suited to his or her level of ability? Is
there a placement test for this purpose?
3. Basic subjects:
Is there a program available designed
for students planning to proceed to undergraduate courses, to
study basic subjects (such as English, mathematics, physics, chemistry
and social studies) to prepare for entrance examinations?
4. Educational environment:
Is the location and accessibility of
the institute satisfactory? Does it suit the students' choice?
Does the institute provide accommodation?
If it does not have special accommodation, will it assist you
to find an apartment or lodging?
6. Guidance on further education and living:
Does the institute offer advice and
counseling on further education? Does it provide counseling services
related to problems in everyday life?
7. Data on past students (track record):
What universities did the students enter?
What percentage and level of students pass the Japanese Language
Number of instructors:
Are there sufficient instructors for
9. Tuition fees:
Are the tuition fees appropriate for
the duration of study, instructor and facilities?
10. Method of selection for admission:
Is the screening test based on documentation
alone? Is an interview with the guarantor or liaison person of
the student required?
11. Status of Residence:
What status of residence is given, a
"college student" or a "pre-college student?"
12. Total hours of lesson schedule
13. The ratios of students according to their nationality:
If there are more students from countries
using Chinese characters, is there any consideration for those
coming from countries not using Chinese characters?