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Short Intensive Language Acquisition Course

  • Start Dates: Almost every Thursday, all year round.
  • Duration: Minimum 2 weeks, Maximum 12 weeks.
  • Classes: Beginner to Intermediate levels
  • Intensity: 23 group classes per week.
  • Tuition: Cost-price. Some early bird and other discounts are available.
  • Contents - Introduction, Outline, Dates, Costs, Levels, Entry Requirements, Visas, Applications, Deadlines

    Introduction: In this intensive conversation program, you can start on almost any Thursday and study for 2 to 12 weeks in duration, or start long term studies in SILAC and then transfer to the AIJP after you receive the student visa.

    With 23 classes per week, we provide a minimum of 4 proficiency levels between absolute beginner and intermediate level. For beginners, the maximum class size of 15 students. For intermediate level learners, the maximum class size is 12. During your vacation you can experience a quick improvement in your Japanese proficiency.

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

    Outline: SILAC is taught using weekly modules. If you have appropriate visa status, you can study for longer than 12 weeks - contact Admissions. All start dates are on Thursdays, so that you can arrive on a weekday with support from Yamasa's staff (airport or train station pickups, accommodation transfer etc). Even if you are a beginner, you can commence on any start date. Your first day will be a Thursday starting 9am, and consisting of placement testing, placement interview, welcoming ceremony, program orientation, housing orientation, and a campus tour. The next day, Friday, you begin classes at 9am. On Fridays the classes are from 9.00am to 11.50am. From Monday to Thursdays, classes start at 9.00am and finish at 2.30pm. Your last day will also be a Thursday, finishing at 2:30pm. Each class is a minimum of 50 minutes duration. In the peak periods of June-September and January-February, the average class size is 11. In the off-peak and shoulder seasons the average class size is usually less than 6. Depending on your level, the weekly schedule would be similar to the schedule below.

    Sample Schedule:

    Class

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Saturday

    Sunday

    09:00 - 09:50

    Grammar

    Grammar

    Grammar

    Grammar

    Revision

    Holiday

    Holiday

    10:00 - 10:50

    Grammar

    Grammar

    Grammar

    Grammar

    Reading

    Holiday

    Holiday

    11:00 - 11:50

    Conversation

    Drills

    Conversation

    Roleplay

    Conversation

    Holiday

    Holiday

    12:40 - 13:30

    Conversation

    Listening

    Conversation

    Listening

    x

    Holiday

    Holiday

    13:40 - 14:30

    Listening

    Conversation

    Listening

    Conversation

    x

    Holiday

    Holiday

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

    Program Dates & Holidays: The program begins and finishes on Thursdays. Click here for all start dates.
    Japan has a number of public holidays. The dates listed below are the holidays that occur on weekdays during the SILAC schedule. Public holidays that fall on weekends have not been listed. The only exceptions are the short break in August (the Obon festival) and the New Year Holiday (includes both Yamasa holidays and Public Holidays). In order to minimize the disruption public holidays caused to the arrivals and teaching schedule, and maximize the number of classes you can receive during your short term course, we in some cases move the holiday to a different date, or do not observe the holiday.

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

    Fees and Costs: The program fee does not include textbooks, 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. The low cost location, non-profit status and long-term financial support provided by the Hattori Foundation enables Yamasa to provide the SILAC programs at cost price to international students. There are no application fees for students enrolling in SILAC programs. All fees are denominated in Japanese Yen. There is a late fee of 10,500 yen for applicants submitting applications after the posted deadline.

    Number of Weeks

    (1) Fee total

    2

    90,000

    3

    113,000

    4

    136,000

    5

    158,000

    6

    180,000

    7

    202,000

    8

    224,000

    9

    245,000

    10

    266,000

    11

    284,000

    12

    298,000


    Study/Accommodation Cost Calculator

    As you can see from the table above, it is considerably cheaper (especially for longer term stays) if you pay all tuition in advance. This is because the administrative costs are lower, and these cost savings are passed onto you. If you pay for 6 weeks or more in advance and then need to shorten your stay, there is a full refund subject to the policies outlined in the "Refunds" file.

    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.

    "SILAC Plus" Tuition fees:

    Option A: Customized lessons - Private lessons

    You can choose to undertake up to 5 private lessons per week in combination with your group classes. These classes start the day after you commence, and are completed on your final day of classes. These classes are provided at a subsidized low cost. Private lessons are 3300 yen per class. Use the Study Cost Calculator to work out your preferred choice &/or combination. These classes are scheduled from either 13:40pm or 14:40pm on weekdays.

    Please browse through the Frequently Asked Questions regarding program fees.

    Why aren't the tuition figures rounded off?
    If I'm enrolling for 12 weeks, do I need to pay all the tuition in advance?
    What is the minimum payment required? Can I pay in instalments?
    Can I pay the tuition and accommodation on a week by week basis?
    Are there any discounts?
    How much do the textbooks and other materials cost?
    How much are the laboratory and library fees?
    How much is the airport/train station pickup service?
    How much does the email and internet access cost?
    Can I pay for everything by credit card?
    If Yamasa is non-profit, why do some schools have cheaper tuition rates?
    How much does the accommodation cost? Does that include bills?
    What is the average cost of living? How much money do I need?
    Am I allowed to work part-time?
    What should I do regarding Health Insurance?

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

    Levels: All students entering the programs are graded via a placement test and placement interview on arrival. The placement test consists of 3 stages, a written test, a listening comprehension test and a one-on-one interview. This ensures that faculty can place you in a class with students who have attained a similar score in the placement test and are of similar ability.

    Classes are usually offered from:

    Foundation (absolute beginner) through
    Elementary,
    Pre-Intermediate and
    Intermediate.

    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.

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

    Entry Requirements: The SILAC programs are extension courses (continuing education programs) and as such are not formally academic programs. 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.

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

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

  • Tourist/Short Stay (tanki-taizai) Visa: Students who intend enrolling in the SILAC program will not require anything more than a tourist 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. If you are enrolling for 12 weeks - please ensure that you do not arrive in Japan too early - or you will find that you are unable to complete the program.

  • Other Visas: If you have a ryugakusei visa and would like to study at Yamasa during your summer holiday it is no problem, but if you have a student visa issued from Yamasa then you are only able to study in the Academic Intensive or Advanced Japanese programs.

    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 inform the Admissions Office 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 (no application fee), or by fax, courier or postal mail using PDF format.

    The enrolment procedure differs slightly depending on whether you require a guarantor. If at any stage you do not know what to do next, or if you have any questions concerning either the enrollment process or the Institute and its programs, please do not hesitate to contact Admissions.

    How to enroll:

    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. Check housing availability.
    3. Re-Check visa requirements, especially the information regarding guarantors.
    4. If you DO NOT require a guarantor, complete the Online Application for SILAC. Print/save the confirmation page.
    OR
    If your nationality REQUIRES a guarantor, complete Online SILAC - Guarantor.
    5. Send your photographs as required. (Passport photos only unless you are doing a homestay)
    6. Confirm your position in the program via a tuition fee transfer. (If homestay - you need to pay tuition in full)
    7. Ensure that you have completed the tuition fee transfer before the deadline. If not, contact Admissions
    8. Yamasa will send you your Letter of Acceptance and additional documents.
    9. If you need to apply for a visa, contact your nearest Japanese diplomatic office.
    10. Purchase a return ticket to Japan and inform Yamasa of the arrival details. (Pickup service is for Nagoya Airport only)

    Note 1: If you are applying for a homestay - please note that the program tuition fees should be paid AT LEAST 2 months in advance. As homestays can be difficult to obtain sometimes, please send proof of tuition payment as soon as possible.

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

    Deadlines: After you complete the Online Application, you will need to submit a passport photographs by mail or email. We request that you complete the application at least 42 days (6 weeks) prior to commencement.

    Once your application and photos have been received and confirmed, Yamasa will require you to confirm your place by transfering the program fee. Only after the tuition has been paid are we able to issue a letter LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE - this is the letter that you show Immigration as you enter the country, or if you need to apply for a tourist visa, then its the letter you show to the embassy or consular officials.

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



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