Advanced Japanese Studies Program

(1/15) Introduction: The most difficult of our programs requires customization and early application. Offered year round with start dates in January, April, July and October, and taught exclusively by experienced, fully licensed, native speaking teachers of Japanese, the Advanced Japanese Studies Program offers flexible entry, and constant interaction with faculty. With a strong focus on grammar and vocabulary acquisition, improving reading and writing skills, extensive conversation practice, and a focus on correct pronunciation, this 22 class per week intensive Japanese course will help you rapidly improve your Japanese proficiency while you prepare for further studies in Japan or abroad.

Additional classes are available. For students in this program, private lessons are available starting from just 2950 yen per class, while a wide range of cultural, elective and weekend field trip options are available.

(2/15) Comprehensive: The Advanced Japanese Studies Program gives language learners the opportunity to experience studying Japanese while living in Japan and practicing in a full immersion environment. With 22 classes per week, you can experience rapid improvement in your Japanese oral proficiency and listening skills. Class sizes are significantly smaller than the recommendations of the APJLE. A minimum of 2 of these classes will be one-to-one with your instructor, providing extra practice, and the opportunity to fix any problems you may encounter. Average class sizes are kept small throughout the year, and extensive pair work is conducted. Join us and brush up or dramatically improve your listening and speaking skills!

(3/15) Description: You can study for any length from 6 months to 2 years.

(4/15) Teaching Method: All Advanced Japanese Studies Program classes focus on correct grammar acquisition, reading and writing skills, listening and speaking skills, including testing and revision classes. Extensive preparation time, review and private study are essential. Students can participate in optional extras such as the Field Trips & Tours, which are scheduled for weekends and term breaks.

All classes are taught via the direct method. Japanese is the language of instruction. The fastest way to improve your current Japanese proficiency is to be taught in Japanese and hear/read/write nothing else. Our instructors use an interactive style – rote learning has no place in the curriculum. You will be required to speak Japanese and actively participate in class discussions and will be graded accordingly. In addition to the formal classes, you need to factor in a minimum of 2-3 hours per day of homework, preparation and review. You will need to prepare for classes and submit all homework tasks and assignments.

Please note that if you have previously passed JLPTN2/JLPTN1 but usually type (keyboard/keypad) when writing Japanese, that you will need to revise your handwriting skills before commencing this program. It is no problem to use a device to take notes, but you will need to be able to write assumed knowledge. This is for a number of reasons including;
(a) the highly multinational nature of the student body,
(b) the ongoing use of short daily quizzes and tests.

The course has an emphasis on improving listening, speaking and reading skills, although you will also learn to improve your writing. Bringing a good kanji dictionary/app is helpful.
Correct grammar use is of course a major focus. A key objective of the program that you will be able to communicate using precise and correct grammar, and be able to use appropriate levels of honorifics.

(5/15) Schedule: While students in this course do not necessarily study for a full year, the pace of learning and intensity of the curriculum makes it excellent value. Your budget for public transport, cost of living, accommodation, internet access etc will be much lower than most Tokyo programs compared to the amount of actual instruction you will receive.

Placement Testing for new students: Early in April, July, October and January, placement testing and interviews take place to help determine the most appropriate class level for your studies. The actual date varies each year depending on the requirements of the Japan’s Immigration Bureau, but you will always know the exact date by at least six (6) months prior to commencement.

Class Hours: Mondays to Fridays: Start at 9.00am and finish at either 2.30pm or 3.30pm.

(7/15) Fees & Costs: There is a small registration fee of 5250 yen. This fee is waived if you have studied with us before. A Discount Fee is available for early payment (16 weeks prior to commencement), for applicants who have previously passed JLPT N1/N2 or JLPT1/2, JET Program participants, students with a working holiday visa, or students enrolling via the studyabroad office of their college or university. If a Student Visa is required, there is a separate application fee of 16,200 yen.

The calculator gives an approximate exchange rate. Our invoices are denominated in Japanese Yen and are valid for 55 days. Invoices may be issued in AUD/Euro/GBP/USD on request, but are only valid for the month during which they are issued.

Course Length Total Fee Discount Fee
6 months 533,700 Yen 480,300 Yen
12 months 912,800 Yen target=”new”821,500 Yen
18 months 1,279,600 Yen 1,151,700 Yen
24 months 1,634,100 Yen 1,471,000 Yen


(8/15) Levels: The Advanced Japanese Studies Program is highly suitable for those who have studied beyond Intermediate level, but lack confidence in speaking, or struggle with listening comprehension. If you feel that after initial placement testing, that you have been put into a class that is too easy or too difficult, it is usually possible to take a retest. Please consult with your instructors.

(9/15) Accommodation: All applicants requiring accommodation will receive assistance and placement. The choices available are Private Apartment, Share House, and Homestay. For this particular course, we strongly recommend the Homestay option, unless you intend to work part time. For more information please click here.

(10/15) Entry Requirements: The minimum age at the time of commencement is 18 years. Most applicants are aged 22 or older, and have an undergraduate degree. However before commencing the program, you need to have as an absolute minimum, 11 years of full-time education, or have a diploma equivalent to a Japanese senior high school diploma, or some college level studies, or a degree. You need to have studied Japanese to a level where you have either passed JLPTN2 or JLPTN1, or equivalent. Applicants from some countries may need to have Japan based guarantor before the Letter of Acceptance can be issued. Please check the Visas page to see if you will require a guarantor.

(11/15) Applications & Enrollment Procedure: All applications and procedures may be completed online, there is no requirement for an interview, referees or application essay.

To enroll;
a) Select start date and course length.
b) Choose accommodation options if accommodation is needed.
c) Check visa requirements, especially the information regarding guarantors.
d) Complete online application form.
e) If you are studying for longer than 6 months, or require a student visa, please receive (by email), complete and send (by courier or registered mail), the Student Visa Application Kit to Admissions.
f) On receipt of invoice, confirm your enrollment via Fee Payment.
g) Receive your Letter of Acceptance and supporting documentation.
h) Purchase a return ticket to Japan if necessary.
i) If you need to apply for a visa, after receiving our documentation, please visit a Japanese Embassy or Consulate to obtain the visa stamp.

(12/15) Deadlines: If a Student Visa is required, the deadline for application is usually 4 to 5 months prior to commencement, though as this varies, please contact us as soon as possible. If a Student Visa is not required, the deadline for application is 6 weeks prior to commencement. As a general rule, early application is advised.

(13/15) Payment Method: After an application is approved, ALC will issue an invoice (usually a PDF file sent via email, though paper copies can be sent). The preferred payment method is bank transfer. Please note that discounts are available for early payment.

(14/15) Refunds: Refunds are available if you need to cancel before or during your course. Please read the Refund Policy page prior to application. Please feel free to contact us if you have any inquires about the Refund Policy.

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