Where is the school located?
Our school is located in the center of Tokyo in a place called Takadanobaba. The Takadanobaba area is a safe educational district suitable for studying, containing many schools and universities such as Waseda University. From Takadanobaba station, it is within a five minute train ride to Ikebukuro and Shinjuku.
How is transportation and traveling to and from school?
Takadanobaba station has a total of three train lines, making it very easy to access from various places in and around Tokyo. Also, the school is conveniently located under a five minutes’ walk away from Takadanobaba station.
How many students attend school?
There are approximately 300〜400 students studying throughout the year.
Which countries do the students come from?
About 80% of the student body consists of Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Hong Kong students. There are also many other kinds of students coming from countries such as Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia presently attending our school.
What is the age range of students who attend school?
The majority of the student body consists of students in their 20s. There are also some students range from 30s to 40s.
Approximately how many students are there per class?
The numbers of students varies per class, but it is common that there be about 15 ~ 20 students.
What are the benefits of being a school affiliated with a university?
There are many opportunities to interact with Japanese students, and because Tokyo International University is school popular for international interaction, there is a vast amount of students from many countries all over the world. Because of this, there are many opportunities to receive advice from upper classmen from the same country as you. Also, for those who choose to enroll in Tokyo International University, you can take a relatively simple designated school recommendation system. If you pass this entrance examination, half of the school enrollment fee and full remission of tuition and school facilities fee for the first semester of freshmen year.
Japan? America? I really want to study abroad, but I can’t decide where to go…
Because many Japanese universities offer international exchange programs, including study abroad programs in the United States of America, it is possible to study both in Japan and in the USA. the American Branch of the Tokyo International University is located in the state of Oregon, and every year, approximately 100 students from Tokyo International University get to study English and experience American dormitory and university life. What’s more, studying abroad at here will still allow you to graduate Tokyo International University in four years, and the school fee is only 70% of the average of the fees that you would normally pay studying abroad in the United States. Also, there is a possibility for students to receive both a Japanese University degree, and an American University degree. For details, please make inquiries with the head office at the Japanese Language School affiliated with Tokyo International University.
Could you tell me about what kind of visas there are for students?
Most students attending hold a student visa, however there are other types of visas, such as permanent residents visa, dependent visa, working holiday visa, short-term visa, and many more.
What is the “full-time course”?
Many Japanese language schools provide half-day courses, either in the morning or afternoon, but our school offers course (Japanese Education Course A; University Preparatory Course(full-day course)) beginning in the morning and lasting till the evening. One who studies a language makes great progress in proportion to effective teaching and the amount of study time. Compared to other Japanese language schools, our school offers a significant amount of learning time, allowing for even beginners to steadily improve their Japanese language skill.
When do students enroll? How long are courses?
Students enroll either in April,July or October, and we offer 1 year, 1.5 years, 1.75 years, 2 years. Course extensions are possible, but please note that you are only able to study here up to a maximum of two years.
What time do classes start and finish?
Class schedules vary by course. Japanese Education Course A and university preparatory courses(full-day) are full-day, and starting from 9:30 in the morning, lasting till 15:05 in the early evening. Japanese Education Course B is half-day, and either begin from 9:30 and last till 12:45, or begin from 13:35, and last till 16:50 in the early evening. For half-day courses, unfortunately you do not have a choice between taking morning or afternoon general classes, as courses are divided by Japanese language level. Generally, morning classes are intermediate level and advanced Level, and afternoon classes are elementary level.
How are classes decided?
Upon enrolling into school, a placement examination will be held. By means of a written exam, as well as an oral interview, we decide appropriate level placement for each student.
Is class held every day?
Class is held every week, Monday through Friday. Class is not held on Saturdays, Sundays, and Besides, there are summer break, New Year holidays and spring break etc.
Is there a school cafeteria?
Our school does not have a cafeteria. However, there are many convenient stores and restaurants nearby. You are allowed to eat anything you buy inside your class rooms. The school provides microwaves, water boilers, vending machines that you can freely use.
Are there computers that we can freely use on campus?
Yes, there is a computer lab in which anyone can freely use. Also, there is Wi-Fi available that you can freely use with laptops and smart phones.
Are there study rooms available at school?
Yes, they are available weekdays from 9:00am till 6:00pm.
What kind of people are the teachers?
All the professors are Japanese, full of experience and excellent at teaching.
In what language are classes taught?
All classes are taught in Japanese. Generally, we do not use English or any other language as an intermediary to teach classes. Please do not worry, because the teachers and instructors here have received proper training and can help you learn, no matter what level of Japanese you speak.
What text books do you use at school?
The following is a list of our main text books:
Beginner level: "できる日本語初級"(Aruku sha)
Pre-Intermediate level: "できる日本語初中級"(Aruku sha)
Intermediate level: "できる日本語中級"(Aruku sha)
Advanced level: ニューアプローチ 中上級日本語「完成編」(Gobun KenKyu Sha)
As additional text material, texts on grammar, kanji, vocabulary, listening comprehension, and writing may also be used throughout the course. Also, there are times when you will utilize the newspaper as means of studying Japanese for class.
I cannot write kanji, is that ok?
Beginning level classes are divided into two categories: students who can write kanji, and students who cannot write kanji. For those who cannot write any kanji at all, we will slowly learn how to write and memorize Japanese kanji throughout the course.
How much will my Japanese skills improve?
Most of diligent students usually are capable of passing the JLPT level N1 or N2 by the end of the program.
I don’t really understand Japanese at all, so I am a little worried…
Here at school, we have staff members who can speak Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and English. If you are ever struggling with anything at school, please feel free to speak with the bilingual staff at any time. Not only school affairs, but feel free to speak with the staff members regarding things like being sick, or in the situation that you encountered an accident.
Can I transfer to your school (TIUJ) from another Japanese language school? What about transferring to a different Japanese language school after enrolling in TIUJ?
As a general rule, it’s normally not allowed. However in unavoidable circumstances, there are cases where students can receive permission to do so.
How much does enrollment fees and school tuition cost?
The enrollment fee costs ￥100,000 JPY. Tuition fee varies depending on different courses. Please see the "School enrollment guide" and "Application guidelines"pages on our website for details. Along with school tuition and enrollment fee, there is an additional facilities and maintenance fee of ￥30,000 JPY
Is there a school tuition reduction system?
As a general rule, school tuition price reduction systems are not available.
Can school tuition be paid in installments?
It is possible for students enrolled in courses that are one years of length or more to make tuition payments in half-year installments.
Does the cost of textbooks bundle in with tuition？
The cost of textbooks is not included in the school tuition fee. Textbook fees varies depending on course duration, but will typically cost ¥15,000~¥20,000. There is an additional basic subject textbook fee(¥5,000) for students enrolled in University Preparatory Course.
If I quit school halfway throughout the year, can I refund my school tuition and facilities fee?
If handled before the beginning of a new semester, as it is a regulation of our school, we will return your remaining school tuition and facilities fee.
Are there any school scholarships available?
Yes, there are scholarships available. Along with providing our own scholarships, because we are a school with such high academic achievements, students can also receive many other institutional scholarships. Because of the vast amount of scholarships available through our school, the chance of receiving a scholarship is rather high. Of course most scholarship eligibility is based on grade reports and school attendance, so please study hard and do your best to receive as many scholarships as you can.
Is school attendance important at TIUJ?
Yes, it is very important. It is especially important when you reapply for, or make changes to your school visa when applying to a university, graduate school, or specialty school you intend to enroll in. If your attendance rate falls below 80%, there is a chance that you will not be approved for visa reapplication or visa change. On the contrary, if you have excellent attendance, you can qualify for taking the recommended school enrollment exam. If you pass this exam (which not only requires a good score, but also requires excellent attendance), you can be eligible to receive scholarships and have your school tuition reduced.
Our school rule requires students to have an attendance rate of 85% and above.