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Q1How many hours of instruction are there each day? How are the lessons organized?

Both the Continuing Studies Course and the Short-Term Course consist of four 45-minute sessions per day.

Q2Tell me about the lesson content.

Instruction appropriate to a student’s course and level is provided in grammar, listening and reading comprehension, conversation, and writing.
Because all of our faculty members are professional Japanese instructors who meet the teacher qualifications established by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education, you can expect solid improvement in your Japanese language proficiency and make plans to continue your education at a university.
And because our school not only teaches the Japanese language but also incorporates annual events such as Tanabata and Kakizome which allow students to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture, you can always enjoy the process of learning about Japan.

Q3Can I work at a part-time job?

Students who have obtained a “Permission to Engage in Activity other than that Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted” document are allowed to work up to 28 hours per week.
Since morning and afternoon lesson times differ for each course, be sure that your work does not interfere with your school instruction.

Q4Do you offer a class that helps me with the steps needed to continue my education at another institution?

IKUSHU(formerly JTC) international language institute provides ample support to those students wishing to continue on to universities, graduate schools, and technical colleges.
Our experienced team of instructors is here to carefully and cordially guide you through the process until you select your next destination.
Set your mind at ease as we provide complete coaching on the important interviews, etiquette, and essay-writing techniques needed to continue your education in Japan.
In addition, students with strong grades and good attendance may be eligible to receive a designated school recommendation.

Q5Are there dormitories for students?

There are no dormitories managed directly by IKUSHU(formerly JTC) international language institute, but don’t hesitate to contact us for referrals to some inexpensive housing options in the area you want to live.

Main student dormitory Q6What items will I need to bring to class?

In addition to your textbooks, you should bring a dictionary and some basic writing implements such as a notebook, pencil, ballpoint pen, red marker, and eraser.

Q7What should I do if some unavoidable circumstance causes me to be late to or absent from class?

As a general rule, students are not permitted to be tardy or absent or to leave class early.
Tardiness of over 15 minutes will be counted as one session absence, with three late arrivals counting as a full-day absence. Leaving more than 15 minutes early is also counted as one session absence.
If special circumstances cause you to be late or absent, contacting the school in advance then submitting the prescribed written explanation will prevent the absence from counting against you.
If you are absent due to an illness, please submit the written explanation at a later date.

Q8If I miss a class, will there be any makeup classes later?

Students with many absences may be required to attend makeup classes on holidays.
Note that these makeup classes will not count toward your days of attendance.

Q9About how much living expenses will I need each month?

This varies somewhat depending on factors such as your lifestyle, area of residence, and type of domicile, but a rough approximation would be ¥150,000.
(Example: rent including utilities = ¥40,000–70,000; cellular service = ¥5,000; transportation for one month = ¥10,000; spending money including meal costs = ¥50,000)