(1/11) Introduction: Offered year round, the Japanese Language and Culture Course combines small group based language learning, good food, “hands-on” culture classes & seminars, plus field trips to interesting places throughout central Japan that are difficult to access or experience with introductions or expert assistance.
As always our emphasis is on quality. The course is available from just 1 week to as long as 24 weeks (visa permitting). The maximum class size is just 4 students. All class coordinators have Masters degrees. All culture classes and field trips are accompanied by bilingual experts in their field. The program includes our “Nihongo Cafe” – lunch every day with a faculty member, providing the chance to ask questions, practice your Japanese, and enjoy good Japanese food.
You will also receive a private tutorial each and every week. The opportunity to invest in language skills through an intensive immersion course in Japan is a rare one, and our one-to-one tutorials are designed to help you achieve the maximum possible progress. Each tutorial is taught by the same instructor, often by your team leader, who will be your academic adviser for the duration of the program. The designated instructor will know your strengths and weaknesses, help you manage your study plan, and be able to draw upon their extensive experience.
You will need a good dictionary. The school has wireless, so a laptop or a tablet can be very useful.
(2/11) Schedule: The program commences on a Thursday (with the exception of public holidays – see below). 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. With a few exceptions (such as overnight field trips requiring early morning departure), the program begins daily at 9am, and on most days finishes at 1:30pm. Culture classes and seminars are usually held on Tuesdays, and field trips on Fridays, though some adjustments are made in order to allow participants to experience festivals and special events. These include amongst others, the Takisanji Fire Festival, Sumo touraments (and the opportunity to join a sumo dojo for a day, the Gion Festival in Kyoto, Hounen Matsuri, Cormorant Fishing, Battlefield re-enactments, and many other unique opportunities to see and explore.
(3/11) Start Dates and Course Length: The program commences every Thursday, with the exception of the following dates:
2014: January 2nd, March 20th, May 1st, August 14th, December 25th
2015: January 1st, April 30th, August 13th, December 24th
Language classes and culture classes are not scheduled on ALC or Public Holidays. Though for almost all public holidays occurring on a weekday, an optional field trip or tour is usually scheduled and will be listed here (opens new window).
If you need to plan your participation well in advance, please feel free to ask us about any future destinations, as these are also planned well in advance and the information can be forwarded to you.
In 2014/2015, the ALC & Public Holidays affecting the schedule are:
2014: Jan 1st-5th, Jan 13th, Feb 11th, Mar 20th, April 29th, May 3rd-6th, July 21st, Aug 13th-15th, Sep 15th, Sep 23rd, Oct 13th, Nov 3rd, Dec 23rd, Dec 27th-31st
2015: Jan 1st-4th, Jan 12th, Feb 11th, Mar 21st, April 29th, May 4th-6th, July 20th, Aug 12th-14th, Sep 21st-23rd, Oct 12th, Nov 23rd, Dec 23rd, Dec 26th-31st
(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 study-abroad 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||Course Code|
|1 week||50,450 Yen||40,360 Yen||OKLC01|
|2 weeks||92,380 Yen||73,904 Yen||OKLC02|
|3 weeks||133,810 Yen||107,048 Yen||OKLC03|
|4 weeks||174,745 Yen||139,792 Yen||OKLC04|
|5 weeks||215,170 Yen||172,136 Yen||OKLC05|
|6 weeks||255,100 Yen||204,080 Yen||OKLC06|
|7 weeks||294,530 Yen||235,624 Yen||OKLC07|
|8 weeks||333,460 Yen||266,768 Yen||OKLC08|
|9 weeks||371,890 Yen||297,512 Yen||OKLC09|
|10 weeks||409,820 Yen||327,856 Yen||OKLC10|
|11 weeks||447,250 Yen||357,800 Yen||OKLC11|
|12 weeks||484,180 Yen||387,344 Yen||OKLC12|
An extended version of the program is also available for those wishing to study for longer than 12 weeks. Click here for details.
(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. It doesn’t matter if you are particularly tall, comfortable homestays are available.
For further 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, have matriculated to college, have some college level studies, or a degree. You do not need to have studied Japanese before. All you need is a 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. using Course Codes listed above.
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