(1/11) Introduction: The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is held on the first Sunday of July and December each year. This course is designed to assist adult learners aiming to take the N1 or N2 exam, in Japan, with the course finishing the Friday afternoon immediately before the examination. Available twice per year, for 11 or 9 weeks respectively, this program allows you to make use of a short-stay visa, and take the examination locally, without needing to travel home, or leave a supportive learning environment.
For both JLPTN1 and JLPTN2, the classes concentrate on Grammar acquisition, expansion of vocabulary, improving reading speeds and reading comprehension, listening skills and exam technique. The JLPT is based on question patterns, and becoming familiar with the structure of the examination assists learners to pass.
This is a very intensive program designed to provide maximum improvement in the shortest possible period of time. All course coordinators have as a minimum, a Masters degree, and at least 5 years of teaching experience, including a minimum of 1 year of teaching at university level outside Japan. All are native speaking, qualified and experienced instructors of Japanese. The maximum class size is just 6 students, enabling personal attention to your needs. Testing and feedback is continuously provided. Classes are from Monday to Friday only, 9:00am to 3:30pm, except for Public Holidays (see below). Lunch is usually enjoyed with the instructors, so you have a solid 6+ hours of structured learning each day.
(2/11) Schedule: The program commences on a Thursday. Please schedule your arrival for no later than the day before commencement. The first day will involve an Orientation, Placement Interview, Listening Test and explanation of the curriculum. It is also possible to consult with faculty about preferred texts or learning materials, which you could use in study hall or as extra homework.
Each class period is of 50 minutes duration, with 10 minute breaks in between. Tea and coffee are provided.
(3/11) Start Dates and Course Length: The program is scheduled twice yearly.
|Course Length||Start Date||Finish Date|
Classes are not scheduled on Public Holidays. These are as follows:
2014: September 23rd (Shubun-no-hi), October 13th (Taiiku-no-hi), November 3rd (Bunka-no-hi), November 24th (Kinro-kansha-no-hi).
2015: “Golden Week” – April 29th (Showa-no-hi), May 5th (Kodomo-no-hi) & May 6th (Midori-no-hi, moved from Sunday May 4th), September 15th (Keiro-no-hi), September 23rd (Shubun-no-hi), October 13th (Taiiku-no-hi), November 3rd (Bunka-no-hi), November 24th (Kinro-kansha-no-hi).
(4/11) Fees & Costs: There is a small registration fee of 5250 yen. This fee is waived if you have studied with us before. A Discount Fee is available for early payment (16 weeks prior to commencement), JET Program participants, students with a working holiday visa, or students enrolling via the studyabroad office of their college or university.
The calculator gives an approximate exchange rate. Our invoices are denominated in Japanese Yen and are valid for 55 days. Invoices may be issued in AUD/Euro/GBP/USD on request, but are only valid for the month during which they are issued.
|Course Length||Total Fee||Discount Fee|
|11 weeks||484,000 Yen||435,000 Yen|
|9 weeks||396,000 Yen||356,400 Yen|
(5/11) Accommodation: All applicants requiring accommodation will receive assistance from ALC and placement. The choices available are Private Apartment, Shared Apartment, and Homestay. For improved Listening Comprehension practice, we recommend the Homestay option. For more information please click here.
(6/11) Entry Requirements: The minimum age at the time of commencement is 18 years. Before commencing the course, you need to have as an absolute minimum, 11 years of full-time education, or have a diploma equivalent to a Japanese senior high school diploma, or some college level studies, or a degree. You need to have studied Japanese before, know the on and kun readings (though not necessarily be able to write by hand) a minimum of 600 kanji for JLPTN2, 1100 kanji for JLPTN1, and have a very high level of motivation. Applicants from some countries may need to have Japan based guarantor before the Letter of Acceptance can be issued. Please check the Visas page to see if you will require a guarantor.
(7/11) Applications & Enrollment Procedure: All applications and procedures may be completed online, there is no requirement for an interview, referees or application essay.
a) Select start date and course length.
b) Choose accommodation options if accommodation is needed.
c) Check visa requirements, especially the information regarding guarantors.
d) Complete online application form. Course Code is OKJLPT.
e) On receipt of invoice, confirm your enrollment via Fee Payment.
f) Receive your Letter of Acceptance and supporting documentation.
g) Purchase a return ticket to Japan if necessary.
h) If you need to apply for a visa, visit a Japanese Embassy or Consulate.
(8/11) Deadlines: The deadline for application is 6 weeks prior to commencement, however please note applications will close when the course reaches full capacity. For this reason, early application is advised.
(9/11) Payment Method: After an application is approved, ALC will issue an invoice (usually a PDF file sent via email, though paper copies can be sent). The preferred payment method is bank transfer. Please note that discounts are available for early payment.
(10/11) Refunds: Refunds are available if you need to cancel before or during your course. Please read the Refund Policy page prior to application. Please feel free to contact us if you have any inquires about the Refund Policy.
(11/11) FAQ: Student Handbook