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TYPE NO. 1
The private Japanese language institutes accredited by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education (Nisshinkyo) offer by about 428 schools in Japan
 
Types of courses available and their duration :
Japanese courses only
  • 3 months / 6 months
  • 1 year / 1 year 3 months / 1.5 years / 18 months
  • 2 years
  • Japanese courses as well as preparatory courses in subjects tested in university
  • 6 months / 1 year / 1 year 3 months
  • 18 monhs / 2 years
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    Status of residence :
    "Student"
    if taking a postsecondary course at specialised training colleges
    "Student"
    if taking other courses, for example at miscellaneous schools
     
    Admission qualifications and procedures :
    In most cases, the qualification for entering an institution providing Japanese language education is to have completed at least 12 years of school education or to have attained an equivalent level of academic ability.
     
    In the case if a foreigner with the aim of just learning the Japanese language studies in Japan without the intention to proceed to higher education institutions in Japan, he / she entitled to study at a general course or other courses at any of the Japanese language institutes accredited by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education regardless of his / her educational background.
     
    Most institutes select students through documentation based screening, interviews, and/or academic proficiency examinations. Some Japanese language institutes might required the students to have a contact person in Japan.
     
    Status of "Student" is not granted for studying at Japanese language institutes which are not notified by the Ministry of Justice.
    It is therefore very important to check if the Japanese language institutes are publicily notified by the Ministry of Justice of Japan when choosing a language school.
     
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    TYPE NO. 2
    "University Preparatory Course"
    【大学入学準備教育課程】
     
    To be qualified to enter to a higher education institution in Japan, international students must have completed 12 years of formal education.
     
    For Malaysian Form 5 graduates who only have 11 years of formal education, they can meet the requirements of admission into higher education institutions in Japan, if they take a year of "University Preparatory Course", inclusive of learning Japanese language, in one of the Japanese language institutes designated by Monbukagakusho.
    Qualification to take an entrance examination of a higher education institution in Japan cannot be obtained if this course is not completed.
    At this moment, there are
  • 19 schools in Japan
  • 1 school in Kuala Lumpur which are designated by the Monbukagakusho to conduct the "Uiversity Preparatory Course" for international students without 12 years formal education
  • for more information, please click
     
    Duration of course :
  • 1 year / 18 months / 2 years
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    Status of residence :
    Status of residence of "College Student" is given to international students studying in "university preparatory course "
     
    International students without 12 years formal education are advised not to seek university entrance status from Japanese language institutes whose preliminary study courses are not endorsed by Monbukagakusho. Qualifications to enter Japanese higher education institutions cannot be obtained by attending general Japanese langauge courses.
    TYPE NO. 3
    Preparatory Japanese language courses at private universities / junior colleges
     
  • Offered by about 156 private universities / junior colleges in Japan
  • The programmes are reqular courses by private universities, defined by law in Japan as a part of university education.
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    Duration of course :
  • 1 year ~ 2 years
  • Study the Japanese language, the culture and society in Japan or basic subjects to prepare for entrance examinations to enter a university undergraduates course
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    Status of residence :
    Status of residence of "Student" is given to international students studying in these programmes
     
    International students in these programmes have the advantage of facilities, such as part-time work, accommodation and welfare programme, such as medical fee subsidies
     
    >> Federation of Japanese Private Colleges and Universities Associations (link to course)
     
    MONBUKAGAKUSHO :
    Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
    (also known as MEXT in short) http://www.mext.go.jp/english/index.htm
    Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education (Nisshinkyo)
    http://www.nisshinkyo.org
    REMARKS :

    In general, one-year and two-year courses begin in April and 18 months courses begin in October.
    The deadline for application differs according to the school. It is around October ~ December of the previous year for courses beginning in April, and around April ~ June for courses beginning in October.
    Some schools have courses beginning in July or January
    At the latest, students should begin making admission preparations 6 ~ 8 months before the beginning of the course.
         
       
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