almost all cases, the qualification for entering an institute
providing Japanese-language education is to have completed, or
to have attained an equivalent level of study, more than 12 years
of school education.
However, if a foreigner with the aim of just learning the Japanese
language studies in Japan without the intention to proceed to
higher educational institutions in Japan, he/she is entitled to
study at a general course or other courses at Japanese-language
institutes accredited by the Association for the Promotion of
Japanese-Language Education regardless of their educational background.
In this case, it is not necessary to select a course designated
in the "Course of Preliminary Study for University Entrance."
However, as requirements particular to each institution may be
added to the criterion of acceptance, please inquire of the school
of your choice beforehand.
In the case of those who have completed 10 or 11 years of primary
and secondary education, and are planning to proceed to university
or other higher educational institutions, they are to enroll in
"Course of Preliminary Study for University Entrance"
(Refer to Chapter 15) designated by Monbukagakusho. This course
is designed for prospective students who wish to go on to higher
education in Japan. Qualification to take an entrance examination
of a higher educational institution in Japan cannot be obtained
if this course is not completed.
Most institutes select students through documentation-based
screening; some schools hold an interview with the guarantor (Refer
to Chapter 12.) The main documents that usually have to be submitted
are the following:
Certificate of other studies
Letter of recommendation
Certificate of financial means
Application fee (about ¥30,000)
(Interview with the guarantor)
In certain cases the documents that have to be submitted differ
somewhat according to the institute, so please inquire directly.
After submission of these documents, the schools will notify applicants
of screening results. In the case of successful applicants, schools
will begin visa application procedures on their behalf. For procedures
after this stage, see Chapter 11 "Procedures to Entering