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Japanese Language and Culture Program (JLCP)

Contents - Introduction, Outline, Dates, Costs, Levels, Entry Requirements, Visas, Applications, Deadlines

Introduction:The Japanese Language & Culture Program is a 2 to 8 week experiential program enabling you to learn the Japanese language while8 experiencing traditional and modern Japanese culture. Please note that this is not an intensive language learning program. The program is multifaceted and includes:

  • Language learning: In small groups (maximum class size is 8). You also have the opportunity to enjoy lunch with staff twice a week providing extra conversation practise.
  • Practical culture seminars: One day each week, you have the opportunity to learn amongst other things, Tea Ceremony, Kitsuke, Japanese Cooking, Origami, Ikebana (Ohana), Shoudo (calligraphy), Aikido, Manga and Japanese film.
  • Field trips: Each Saturday visiting fascinating but initially difficult to understand Japanese cultural icons such as Sumo wrestling, temples and shrines.
  • Free time: Each Monday is a holiday.
  • Contents - Introduction, Outline, Dates, Costs, Levels, Entry Requirements, Visas, Applications, Deadlines

    Outline:The program combines the following components: Language learning classes, lunch with staff, culture seminars, and one day tours (each Saturday). The lunches with our staff are part of the program, providing extra opportunities to practise. All language learning classes are communication skills based. 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. Complete beginners will be able to learn from scratch.

    The classes are taught in Japanese using the direct method, but have supporting translation and explanations, as do the culture seminars.

    You will need to prepare for classes and submit homework tasks. All language classes are 50 minutes in duration, with 10 minute breaks between classes. All culture classes are 100 minutes in duration, with a 10 minute interval between classes.

    Contents - Introduction, Outline, Dates, Costs, Levels, Entry Requirements, Visas, Applications, Deadlines

    Program Dates & Holidays: The program commences each Thursday morning. Classes and tours begin daily at 9am, from Tuesdays to Saturdays. There are no classes or tours on Sundays or Mondays. During the period to 31st March 2014, the only Thursdays where it is not possible to commence the program are January 3rd 2013, May 2nd 2013, August 15th 2013, January 2nd 2014, Please arrive either 1 or 2 days prior to commencement. Please click here for arrival information. Participants can opt for a free airport transfer (using airport limousine, with cost reimbursed in full by Yamasa) or for an airport pickup (includes fee for partial cost recovery). Each program option is completed on a Thursday, homestay/accommodation checkout needs to be completed before 12 o'clock (noon) on Saturday.

    The only public holidays observed during the program are Golden Week (May 4-6th), the Obon Festival (August 15th), and New Year (December 30th-January 4th).

    Participants in homestays are advised to spend Sundays with the host families as far as possible.

    Contents - Introduction, Outline, Dates, Costs, Levels, Entry Requirements, Visas, Applications, Deadlines

    Fees and Costs:The program fee includes textbooks, but not homestay or student accommodation fees, transport from airport to Yamasa (unless you use the airport limousine bus, in which case Yamasa will reimburse you for the 1700 yen fare in full), transport between homestay and Yamasa, travel insurance, air fares to/from Japan etc. Tuition fees below are confirmed through to March 2014.

      2 Weeks 95,000 yen
      3 Weeks 135,000 yen
      4 Weeks 170,000 yen
      5 Weeks 205,000 yen
      6 Weeks 235,000 yen
      7 Weeks 260,000 yen
      8 Weeks 285,000 yen

    1) There are several discounts available. Only 1 discount can be used per enrollment.

  • Re-enrolling students (Yamasa alumni) receive a 20% discount on tuition.
  • 10% discount is available for tuition payments completed 16 weeks prior to enrollment, JET Program participant, or for students with a working holiday visa.
  • 5% discount is available for tuition payments completed 12 weeks prior to enrollment.
  • Students enrolling via the studyabroad office of their college or university may receive a 10% discount on tuition.
  • Use the Study Cost Calculator to work out your preferred choices &/or combinations.

    Contents - Introduction, Outline, Dates, Costs, Levels, Entry Requirements, Visas, Applications, Deadlines

    Levels: The curriculum of the Language & Culture program provides small class sizes (maximum of 8 students per teacher) for levels from absolute beginner to upper beginner.

    Please note that if you are at or above JLPTN4, you may still enrol in the program, however the grammar & vocabulary taught in the language class component of the program would be primarily revision.

    All students entering the program are graded via a placement interview on commencement. This ensures that faculty can place you in a class with students who have attained a similar level and are of similar ability. Depending on the number of students in the class above or below your initial placement and the difference in the proficiency level, it is usually possible to change classes after consultation and re-assessment with your academic advisor.

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    Entry Requirements: This program is an extension course (continuing education programs) and as such are not a formally academic program. However students do need to have a high level of motivation to learn Japanese.

  • Prior knowledge requirements: No prior studies of Japanese are required. An absolute or relative beginner can only start on any of the commencement dates.
  • Age and Education requirements: As a general rule students need to be 18 years and over. If you are not going to be 18 at the time of the program commencement please contact Admissions.
  • Guarantor requirements: Citizens of certain countries will need to find guarantors. Please check the Visa Requirements section to see if this applies to you.

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    Visas: Unless you have a Japanese passport, you will need a valid visa.

    Tourist/Short Stay (tanki-taizai) Visa: For many nationalities, a 90 day landing permit will be granted automatically upon arrival in Japan. This is called an exemption agreement. For other nationalities, you may need to apply for the visa. Please see the visa requirements section for details. Please note that for most nationalities the maximum period of stay for a short-stay (tourist) visa is 90 days/3 months.

    Other Visas: If you have a ryugakusei visa then you would not be able to study in this program. Other visa possibilities include the working holiday visa, students with Japanese ancestry, cultural activities visa, work visa, family visa etc. If you have a student visa or any visa other than the standard Tourist/Short Stay (tanki-taizai) Visa, please contact Admissions as soon as possible.

    Citizens of certain countries will need to find guarantors.

    Contents - Introduction, Outline, Dates, Costs, Levels, Entry Requirements, Visas, Applications, Deadlines

    Applications: Once you have read everything on this page, especially the sections regarding deadlines, have checked your status re visas and guarantors, and have chosen your preferred accommodation options, schedule and so on, you are ready to apply. Applications can be completed online.

    1. Select the dates/schedule that suits your needs best. Check application deadlines/program availability.
    2. Select the student housing options that suit your needs best.
    3. Re-Check visa requirements and read the information regarding guarantors.
    4. Complete Online Application Form.
    5. Send your photographs as required. (Passport photos only unless you are doing a homestay)
    6. Check by email that your application has been accepted. (Usually Yamasa will contact you first).
    7. Confirm your position in the program via tuition fee transfer. (If homestay - you need to pay tuition in full)
    8. Ensure that you have completed the tuition fee transfer before the deadline. If not, contact Admissions
    9. Yamasa will send you your Letter of Acceptance and additional documents.
    10. If you need to apply for a visa, contact your nearest Japanese diplomatic office.
    11. Purchase a return ticket to Japan and inform Yamasa of the arrival details. (Pickup service is for Nagoya Airport only)

    Contents - Introduction, Outline, Dates, Costs, Levels, Entry Requirements, Visas, Applications, Deadlines

    Deadlines: Payment of the program fee needs to be completed no less than 35 days prior to commencement. Housing or homestay fees, futon rental, airport pickup fees etc, may be paid on arrival.

    The rest of the enrollment procedure is completed upon arriving in Okazaki.



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