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AJSP - Advanced Japanese Study Program

Intended Audience

AJSP class Students enrolled in AJSP have achieved the necessary advanced level in the Japanese language to potentially:

  • Study in a Japanese university/have the proficiency to perform academic research/complete projects and essays/do presentations.
  • Work for a Japanese company that involves a domestic or international posting.
  • Work for a company that uses Japanese as its main language.

To this end, it is mandatory to have achieved a level 2 proficiency or higher on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test to enter this course.

As it is expansive and covers a lot of areas, AJSP was designed for students who are able to make the required investment of time to complete the program.


After many years of study, many a Japanese student have found themselves setting themselves more tangible goals for their studies. Some of these objectives may include:

  • Studying in a Japanese university.
  • Finding employment in a Japanese company in a domestic or international posting.
  • Finding employment in a company that uses Japanese as its main language.

but may also include:

  • Performing academic research that is conducted in Japanese.
  • Starting a business that deals predominantly with Japanese clients.
  • Working as a freelance translator or interpreter.

AJSP class To prosper in any of these fields, a high level of not only linguistic proficiency is required but also a cultural and situational awareness. Additionally, specialist knowledge about what written and verbal grammatical registers are appropriate for particular situations is absolutely crucial.

To attain the necessary competencies to realize your Japanese study goals, YAMASA’s AJSP course covers all of these bases and more.

If you enter YAMASA’s AJSP course, you will be studying in a course that during the 20 years of it’s history has and has continued to boast:

  • A remarkable list of alumni: Since its commencement, AJSP has played host to a figurative smorgasbord of high achievers. Previous YAMASA students have gone on to:

    • Enroll in post graduate degrees at prestigious universities in Japan and abroad; including those in the Ivy League.
    • Work in influential government departments in their home countries such as the department of education, foreign affairs and the military.
    • Work as foreign correspondents for international newspapers.
    • Work professionally as translators and interpreters; a position that indicates that one has attained the highest level of linguistic expertise available.

  • Student photoessay Engaging and customized curriculum: In addition to the text prescribed for the course, YAMASA has developed its own set of highly practical and intellectually challenging materials. The materials themselves feature expressions and material that you won’t find in most textbooks, online portals or even in a lot of Japanese only language study websites.
    In addition to this, the materials are structured with sufficient scaffolding to allow you to get a solid grasp of the concept at hand before reproducing the target language. To see an example of the type of things that you will be studying, please download this photoessay that was written by our AJSP class students.

  • Maximum class sizes of twelve: Due to the cap on class sizes, it can be guaranteed that you will not get lost in the shuffle and that your needs on both an educational and personal front will be appropriately catered for.
    This limit also gives our students ample opportunity to speak during class and have their opinions heard, in addition to hearing other's opinions. Reduced numbers also mean that you will have full access to YAMASA’s team of highly experienced educational professionals.

  • Classes designed include what you want/need to study: AJSP includes an extra two semi private classes with student numbers capped at four. The contents of these semi private is decided by the students in conjunction with the classroom teacher thus focusing on the individual needs of the student; a high priority of all of us here at YAMASA. Furthermore, the course also offers 2 periods a week of career support classes. In this unit, you will be instructed in the finer points of Japanese academic and business culture (see below) that will prove invaluable upon embarking upon your chosen pursuit.


Course Framework

Language acquisition classes (8 classes per week)

These are classes that are devoted to more sophisticated Japanese expressions and grammar. You will find that this will differ from grammar that you have learnt previously in that it is specialized content and used in formal settings.
Language reinforcement classes
(10 classes per week)

Using the knowledge gleaned from your language acquisition class, you will be exposed to a series of real world texts such as business documents, newspapers, films, novels and lectures to put your theoretical knowledge into practice.
Career Support
(2 classes per week)

This class has been set up to help AJSP students hone the finer side of job hunting/studying in Japan such as writing business e-mails and using honorific language; a crucial part of functioning in Japanese society.
Semi Private Classes (2 classes per week):
Student directed classes with a maximum of four people.

Class Timetable

An average day in AJSP usually consists of the following:

Period Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1 9:00 - 9:50 Lesson
2 10:00 - 10:50
3 11:00 - 11:50
11:50 - 12:40
Lunch Break
4 12:40 - 13:30 Lesson
5 13:40 - 14:30 Semi-private lesson
6 14:40 - 15:30

The first four periods of the day are devoted to language acquisition and support classes as well as career support.
The final two periods of Monday through Thursday are reserved for semi private lessons. Lessons finish from period 5 on Fridays.

AJSP can also be taken concurrently with the following classes. Please click the link below to for more information concerning each class.

  • Private lessons Fully customizable one to one Lessons
  • JBPP Japanese for Business Purposes Program

Start Dates

How long does the course run for? From 3 months to 1 year. The course is divided into 3 month quarters.
When does the course start?
Year Quarter Course Duration
2017 Spring From April 5th to June 23rd
Summer From July 5th to September 22nd
Autumn/Fall From October 4th to December 15th
2018 Winter From January 10th to March 23rd
Note: Students who wish to enroll in the course using a student visa have two opportunities to do so and will have to lodge the necessary paperwork during the following dates:

  • April Quarter Application Period: September 20th to November 30th
  • October Quarter Application Period: March 20th to May 31st
What days do classes run? Monday through Friday.
How many total classes per term will I take? You will take a total of 223 classes every 3 month term consisting of 207 core lessons and 16 semi-private classes.
What time does class start and finish? Classes start at 9 o’clock and finish at 3:30 with a 50 minute break in between.
What is the length of an average class? 50 minutes

Tuition Fees

Take advantage of the following discounts that are available to all students enrolling or re-enrolling in YAMASA!
  • Returning students enrolling in this course are eligible for a 20% discount on their initial payment of fees.
  • Students with a Working Holiday Visa or a JET Programme Visa are able to receive a 10% discount on their initial payment of fees.
  • For those students who complete all of their enrollment by the periods indicated below, the following discounts are available.
    • 16 weeks prior to start: 10% Discount
    • 12 weeks prior to start: 5% Discount
  • For students who have JLPT N2, a 10% discount is awarded to the initial payment of fees.(Certificate must be provided)


  • The discounts can be claimed one time only and cannot be claimed in unison with other eligible discounts.
  • The discounts also do not apply to extra optional courses/lessons.
  • Only one discount can be used at a time.

Tuition Fees (¥) for each term: 1 Term(3 Months)
Study Duration Fees(1 Term) Tuition Fees Total
1 Term ¥298,000 ¥298,000
2nd Term ¥258,000 ¥556,000
3rd Term ¥205,000 ¥761,000
4th Term ¥205,000 ¥966,000
5th Term ¥205,000 ¥1,171,000
6th Term ¥205,000 ¥1,376,000
7th Term ¥205,000 ¥1,581,000
8th Term ¥205,000 ¥1,786,000
  • Fees do not include the cost of Textbooks(It is possible to purchase after you have entered your class)
  • The cost of applying for a Student Visa is ¥22,000

AJSP Optional Lesson Fees

Option Additional Fees
A:Private Lesson 1 Lesson ¥4,000
B:JBPP (Japanese for Business & Professional Purpose) 50 Lessons ¥95,000

You can compare the price structure of other courses offered by YAMASA by accessing our fees page.

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Visa Information

The kind of visa that students coming from overseas will need to apply for largely depends on how long they wish to study for. Please refer to the table below to find out the visa that best suits your situation.

I want to study for The type of visa you should get is a
Longer than 90 days Student visa or working holiday visa. Please download the necessary documents for a student visa. (Recommended)
A maximum of 90 days Short term stay visa* (one term) or working holiday visa. Please make sure to contact your local Japanese consulate/embassy to see what requirements are needed for either one of these visas as these visas are divided into 15, 30 and 90 day categories depending on the type of passport you have.

Note: In 2014, the Japanese government granted exemptions to a group of 67 countries in regards to applying for short term visas; meaning that residents of these countries are better able to enter Japan.
For further information regarding whether or not you qualify for any of the two visas listed above or if you currently hold or will apply for a different type of visa to those listed above, please contact the admissions department at YAMASA via e-mail at admissions@yamasa.org or via telephone at 81 (0)564-55-8111.


Congratulations! By choosing to study at YAMASA, you have taken the first step towards improving your Japanese language skills!
The next step that you will need to take is to start the application process.


If there is anything that you still need to know about, we would be delighted to answer any of your inquiries. Feel free to contact us at any time via e-mail at admissions@yamasa.org or to call us on 81 (0)564-55-8111.
To find out about the visa requirements and/or tuition fees for this course, please click here.
Note: We aim to reply to all inquiries within 1 business day (excluding weekends and Japanese Public Holidays).