Genki Japanese and Culture school Fukuoka - 1 year course
with a student visa
Since 2015, GenkiJACS’ Fukuoka Japanese Language School has been accredited by the Japanese government to offer student visas for one-year courses (extendable to 18 months) starting in January, April, July or October. This course is a great way to stay in Japan for an extended time, improve your Japanese proficiency to a high level, and maybe even work part-time too!
This course is also available to people with other long-term visas such as a Working Holiday visa, Spouse/Dependent visa, etc.
The Japanese student visa application is quite complex and difficult. However, GenkiJACS can complete most of the process for you, and provides support in English for any parts you have to do. We're here to make it easy for you! As of 2018, 100% of our visa applications have been approved.
Please note that because of government restrictions on student visas, this course has some specific conditions, so please read this page carefully. The student visa has several government requirements, including academic (you must pass regular tests to move to the next unit of study) and attendance (you must attend more than 80% of classes or your visa may be cancelled). We recommend student visa applications for students who are serious about learning Japanese.
Looking for a shorter-term course instead? Try these options!
Mandatory test during your study with us!View information about the J.Test
Our core Japanese course, booked and paid in advance for a year. You'll study 20 class hours per week - two classes focus on grammar, and two classes focus on applying your skills to real-world situations. Classes have a maximum of 8* students, and focus on communication skills for daily life, rather than academic Japanese. Most schools offer the minimum of 38 weeks of classes per year, but with Genki you’ll have a full 40 weeks of classes! While our student visa course is a little more expensive than other schools, it offers far far more:
*may be 9 students during peak season for a max of 1 week
- Class focus
- Class focus Communicative Japanese
- Class focus Academic Japanese
The specific documents you need to provide depend on your situation, but in general you will need:
Proof of identification
Proof of employment (if working).
Proof of bank balance and income (either yours or your financial sponsor’s)
Proof of graduation from school (junior high or higher)
When we receive your confirmed application, we will send you the student visa application form, and a list of required documents, along with detailed instructions.
During your year of study with us, you will need to take the J.Test. It is an external test, and the Japanese government requires our students to take it. No choice, but to take it!
We focus on teaching communicative Japanese and the J.Test tests one's ability to communicate in Japanese. There are no coincidences in this world, but then again, sometimes there are!
Cheap doesn't have to be bad! The fees for the J.Test are much lower than the JLPT fees. There is a lovely Japanese abbreviation: コスパ（Kospa), or the ratio of cost/performance. J.Test is what コスパ saying is all about.
The test takes place six times per year! So, if you love taking tests, technically you could take the test every other month. We can't claim to understand this hobby, but it is way more frequent than the twice a year JLPT schedule
As this course is already discounted, other discounts (returner's discount, group discount, etc.) do not apply to this course.
Payment must be made in advance for at least 6 months' tuition.
In case of cancellation after the start of the program, refunds will be given for any terms that have not yet begun. No refund will be given for terms that have already begun. Please note that these conditions are different from our standard refund conditions.
In short YES, you will need to take this test at least once during your study with us.
Of course, working in Japan could be fun and if you would like to try, due to our scheduling we ask our students to find a part-time job that will allow you to work on weekends and after 18:00 on weekdays.
Check out our list of vocational colleges and their requirements here to get a head start.