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1 or 2 week Mini Course

Available for a duration of 1 to 2 weeks, this short program provides the opportunity to enjoy a short language learning holiday, experience living in Japan, and see local sites. After you check in on a Thursday, you'll enjoy self paced lessons closely attended by your teachers, eat lunch each day with language instructors & staff, meet students and staff from around the world, live in the Student Village and take a tour of some of Okazaki's famous local sightseeing spots.

The program starts almost every Thursday (see application form). Upon check in, you receive a local area map and guide, information on your instructors, and all emergency contact details etc. After that, we take you to your new accommodation. Sunday is a rest day. From Tuesday through to Friday (regardless of any public holidays), classes begin at 10 am. There are two 50 minute private classes, and a 90 minute semi-private class that also includes lunch with your teacher. The semi-private class is focused on conversation, while the private classes can be completely customized to your personal interests. The maximum size of the semi-private class is 3 students. On Saturday morning at 9am you will be picked up from your accommodation and taken on a tour. You can look forward to taking tours to remote locations like breweries and Senmaida, which also include lunch.

Time Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
09:00 Check In X Tour Start X X X X Check Out
10:00-10:50 Private lesson Private lesson X X X Private lesson Private lesson Private lesson
11:00-11:50 Private lesson Private lesson   X X X Private lesson Private lesson Private lesson
12:00-13:30 Semi & Lunch   Semi & Lunch   X X X Semi & Lunch Semi & Lunch Semi & Lunch
16:00 X X Tour End X X X X X

Entry Requirements:
a) Any level of Japanese is OK from complete beginner to advanced. Minimum age is 18 with no maximum age. As visa sponsorship is not available for mini course participants, you need to be a citizen of an OECD country or a resident of Japan (in other words, if you require a guarantor, you cannot apply for this course).
b) Completion of application form and of program fees.

Program Fees:

1 Week: 82,000 Yen per person
2 Weeks: 155,000 Yen per person

Fee payment is due 15 days prior to commencement.
Payment may be made by credit card (via secure server, details provided once application is processed), or by bank transfer.

Fee includes JR Okazaki station pickup and transfer to accommodation, 3 lessons (2 private, 1 semi-private) daily from Tuesday to Friday (total of 12 per week), Printed study materials used in class, Tour on Saturday, Lunch each day from Tuesday to Saturday, Local area map and guide, 7 or 14 nights single room accommodation with bedding/sheets included (twin room available in case of couples & friends etc). The accommodation has self catering facilities and is within walking distance. For those who prefer to check in on a Wednesday before 4pm, there is no charge for the extra night of accommodation.

Fee does not include reimbursement of travel expenses involved in getting to/from Okazaki, breakfasts and dinners, or bicycle rental.

An airport pickup service from Nagoya Chubu International Centrair Airport is available upon request for 10,500 yen.

Please click here for the Application Form.

For any inquiries please contact Admissions

Cancellation Policy:
If cancelling your program, a full refund is available if notice of cancellation is made by 4pm on the Wednesday prior to the start of your course. To formally cancel, please write an email to Admissions. If cancelling the second week of a course, a full refund is available if made by 4pm on the Wednesday of the first week.

For cancellations that require a bank remittance, the cost of bank fees (usually 6000 yen) is deducted from the total transferred.

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