One of the big problems we’ve always struggled with is that students can’t stay in Japan for more than six months out of a year on a tourist visa or visa waiver. This means the maximum length of study we could offer most students was six months, even if the student wanted to study for longer. Our other alternative was to apply for Ministry of Education accreditation, so that we could offer student visas ourselves. However, the barriers to this accreditation are incredibly high. At a MinEd information session we attended recently, they said new schools would need to both own the school’s building (renters not allowed), and have at least one billion yen in assets! We quickly gave up on that option, so instead, we’ve done the next best thing: partnered with a local school that offers visas, to run a combined course.
There are more details about this course on our website proper
, but basically, you would study with us for 2-6 months, during which time we apply for your student visa. Then, in April, you switch to our partner school to study for a year or so with them.
Our partner school is one that we’ve worked with in different capacities for some time now. They’re also a relatively new school, and should be a good fit for our students. They mostly handle Asian students currently, but are interested in increasing the number of Western students they teach to. They’re also in the central area of Fukuoka, so pretty convenient.
The big advantages of this plan are of course the student visa (which also lets you work part-time), and that our partner school’s low costs make the whole trip more affordable.
If you’re interested, fill out or short form now for a no-obligation estimate!