University & Graduate School Preparation Program

(1/15) Introduction: Offered year round with start dates in April and October, and taught exclusively by experienced, fully licensed, native speaking teachers of Japanese, the University & Graduate School Preparation 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 from just 2950 yen per class, while a wide range of cultural, elective and weekend field trip options are available.

(2/15) Comprehensive: The University & Graduate School Preparation 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. Even if you are a complete beginner, you can commence on any start date, though some prior studies of the language are advised.

(4/15) Teaching Method: All University & Graduate School Preparation 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. The fastest way to learn Japanese is to be taught in Japanese and hear nothing else. Japanese is the language of instruction, however all of the texts at elementary level also have supporting translations and grammatical notes available in a range of foreign languages and other multilingual aids. Our instructors use an interactive style – rote learning has no place in the curriculum. You will be required to speak Japanese and participate in class discussions and 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 Romaji – the Roman alphabet – is not used in instruction. From the initial lessons, you will be reading and writing exclusively in Japanese. This is for a number of reasons including;
(a) the highly multinational nature of the student body,
(b) the fact that use of Romaji often leads to incorrect pronunciation and
(c) you will not be using Romaji later when you put your Japanese to use – so it makes sense to learn real Japanese from the outset.

The course has an emphasis on improving listening and speaking skills, although you will also learn to read in Japanese. At the elementary levels you do not need to be able to read Kanji as all texts have “furigana” (the reading of each kanji indicated with small hiragana – see the curriculum section). From lower intermediate level you will need to read/write Kanji. Bringing or purchasing a good kanji dictionary/app is helpful. Correct grammar use is a major focus. A key objective of the program that you will be able to communicate using precise and correct grammar.

(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 a Tokyo program, but you will receive far more actual instruction in Japanese.

Placement Testing for new students: Early in April and October, 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 2.00pm or 3.30pm depending on schedule.

(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), 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 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 University & Graduate School Preparation Program is highly suitable for Beginners through to upper intermediate level students, and for those who have studied beyond upper 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 from the school and placement. The choices available are Private Apartment, Share House, or Homestay. For this particular course, we strongly recommend experiencing the Homestay option at some stage. For more information please click here.

(10/15) Entry Requirements: The minimum age at the time of commencement is 18 years. Before commencing the course, 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 do not need to have any prior background in studying Japanese, and beginners are welcome for all start dates. 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 or referees. There may be an essay required.

To enroll;
a) Select start date and course length (this can be changed later).
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, the school 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.

(15/15) FAQ: Student Guidebook