Japanese is recognized globally in more than 127 countries, making it one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. A significant advantage of learning Japanese language in India is the career boost. Securing a job in a multinational company becomes much easier with the knowledge of an international language, especially Japanese. This adds up to the market value of the Japanese language it already holds. So, if you want to expand your language skills, why not; earn the Japanese language in Japan?
The question is: Among the many Japanese schools in Japan, how do you choose the right one for you?
You see, you cannot just blindly follow your friend because they are going there too. No. What is best for them might not be for you. Without doing proper homework, it’s easy to follow a path that isn’t meant for you. But worry not for in this article, we are going to give you a few tips on how to choose the right Japanese language school in Japan for you.
How To Choose The Right Japanese Language School In Japan
Preparation is key to securing admission into a good Japanese language school in Japan. Good research on the language, coupled with hard work and determination, is the sure-shot way forward. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind if you plan to study in Japan.
Are You Eligible?
To be eligible to study in Japan, you must be under 30, have a 12th-grade certificate, and have a basic knowledge of the Japanese language (N5).
Do You Have All The Necessary Documents?
If you plan to study in Japan, you are going to need to provide the following documents –
- Academic Records:
This includes your academic records – mainly your 10th and 12th certificate, Transfer certificate, etc.
You need to hold a passport and submit a copy to school authorities. This will be used to obtain your student visa.
- Aadhar Card:
Your Aadhar card would serve as identity proof and your passport to get a student visa.
- Character Certificate:
Universities and schools generally issue a ‘character certificate’ to validate conduct proof. You will have to provide this certificate to the school.
- 3 years Bank Account Statement:
You need to submit a copy of your sponsor’s bank statement for 3 years. This ensures that your sponsor has enough funds to sponsor your education.
What is Your Budget?
Japan is quite affordable for its citizens, but the same cannot be said for foreigners who have just moved to Japan to work or study.
When determining your budget, you need to factor in the amount you need for your school fees, rent, bills, and miscellaneous expenses. On average, the cost of living in Tokyo per month for a single person would be around ¥134,871 (approx. ₹90,230.22) without rent.
Your school fees will depend on the location and duration of the course. By location, you can expect school fees in Tokyo -the capital of Japan – to be higher than in smaller cities or towns. Spendings on food, fun, and personal care depend on you and the kind of lifestyle you want to live. But for rent and bills, you can take a look at the table below for your reference.
|Items on the list of professionals||Monthly Cost for TITP Aspirants||Monthly Cost for Skilled Professionals||Monthly Cost for Highly-Skilled Professionals|
|House Rent||Nil||45,000 YEN||70,000 YEN|
|Electricity||Nil||4,500 YEN||5,000 YEN|
|City Gas||Nil||3,000 YEN||4,000 YEN|
|City Water||Nil||2,000 YEN||2,000 YEN|
Where In Japan Do You Want To Study?
The location you choose for studying in Japan will help you determine your budget. As we have mentioned earlier, living in big cities such as Tokyo, Yokohama, and Kobe, will be more expensive than smaller cities or towns such as Fukuoka and Hokkaidō. And if you are looking for good school districts in Japan, Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, among many others, are some of the ideal places.
How Long Would You Need?
Japanese schools in Japan offer courses with different duration. While some last for six months, some can even take two years. You need to choose the course duration considering your budget and availability. If you plan to take up part-time jobs in Japan, you need to find a school with flexible timings.
Do You Have A Sponsor?
You will need a sponsor in Japan who will be your local guardian and you should have a blood relation with the sponsor. This means that your guardian/the person paying for your course fee must be directly related to you to be considered for admission to the school. These could include your close relatives or someone from your own family.
Are You Willing To Spend Most Of Your Time Studying?
Japanese is one of the most complex languages to learn, so learning it will be no walk in the park. You will need to spend most of your time studying and doing homework. Are you willing to sacrifice most of your free time as well if you want to ace your exams and tests? You need to be mentally and physically prepared yourself.
Looking at the information we have provided above, it seems like finding an excellent Japanese school in Japan would be challenging, right? Well, we’ve got good news for you. Through AKAL Japanese Academy’s Study Abroad program, you can now go abroad to become a student in Japan easily.
AJA can help you in so many different ways and give you the opportunity to study and/or work in Japan:
Admission in Japanese Language Program in Japan
- Learn the Japanese language up to N5 Level (As per visa requirements)
- Visa processing for Japan
- Assistance in obtaining jobs in Japan
- Assistance to find a part-time job in Japan while you go through the Japanese Language Program (Optional)
- Assistance for “Specialized Skills” test in Japan after completing 1 year of Japanese Language Program
AKAL Japanese Academy focuses on preparing candidates to work, study or travel to Japan and has helped many candidates migrate to Japan to study and/or work. It is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to find a good school in Japan.
Take a look at some of AJA’’s hardworking and dedicated students’ testimonies:
“After 4 months of classes and preparations, I took my JLPT exam and cleared the N5 level. With the help of the amazing staff and AKAL Japanese Academy’s Study In Japan program, I will be joining Richinomri School in Tokyo. After that, I plan to build my career in Japan.
To AKAL Japanese Academy, the wonderful staff and skilled teachers, thank you so much for teaching me Japanese, passing the JLPT exam, getting me admitted to an amazing school, and for assisting with my visa application process.”
-Rakibul Haque, (30), New Delhi.
“I have passed my JLPT test, and I am very happy that I will be attending Aiwa School in Fukuoka, Japan.
I would like to thank AKAL Japanese Academy and its fine teachers as well as staff for giving me the opportunity to go to Japan and for assisting me every step of the way.”
-Amaan Sajan (20), Delhi.
“I enrolled and joined their classes where they not only teach Japanese but also help us know more about Japan, the people, the cultures, traditions, business etiquettes, and many more. The classes were always so much fun with activities and games. I really respect and admire the teacher, (who by the way, are beyond qualified, I must say) for always having so much patience with us and always encouraging me even when I felt like I might not clear the JLPT. Luckily, I did, and I am super excited to study at Aiwa School, Fukuoka, Japan.
A massive thank you to AKAL’s Study in Japan Program and the brilliant teachers for making it happen for me. I will never forget the support and help you have given me. I wish you all the best of luck in your future.”
-Mansi Mahajan (24), North Delhi.
Why Should You Choose Japan?
The Land of the Rising Sun is famed for its delectable cuisines, breathtaking settings, fascinating arts, and its spellbinding cultural heritage. This technically-advanced nation also has one of the best educational systems, which is quite brilliant as it takes on a traditional approach and follows a strict disciplinary routine, making it eminent. In fact, as one of the top 10 best places to study abroad, Japan has over 150,000 international students approx, and you could be one of them.
We hope this article helps you in your journey towards finding the best and right Japanese school for you in Japan.
We will leave you here with our best wishes.
Until next time, sayonara for now!