1-year student visa course with GenkiJACS Fukuoka or I.C.Nagoya
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. From 2021, the very same course can now be taken at our sister School I.C.Nagoya in, you guessed it, Nagoya. 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 2022, 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 JLPT 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 famous JLPT 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 JLPT tests one's ability with grammar and vocabulary. This creates an amazing balance that should help you to improve your Japanese in a very balanced way.
It is Free
We all like free things. We will cover the test fee for you.
The test takes place twice a year! So, if you love taking tests, technically you could take the test a couple of times. We can't claim to understand this hobby, but we love the enthusiasm.
Test results and career path among 2021* Student Visa course graduates
*The years are counted from
JLPT Taken - 24 Students
JLPT N4 Level - 5 Students Passed
JLPT N3 Level - 5 Students passed
JLPT N2 Level - 8 students passed
JLPT N1 Level - 1 Student passed
Employment in Japan - 2 students
|Advanced (20 weeks)||N1||C1|
|Pre-Advanced (10 weeks)||N2-N1||B2|
|Intermediate II (20 weeks)||N2|
|Intermediate I (20 weeks)||N3||B1|
|Beginner II (19 weeks)||N4||A2|
|Beginner I (16 weeks)||N5||A1|
Weekly lesson structure
For beginner levels
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For intermediate and above levels
- Multi Purpose: JLPT Kanji vocabulary, grammar, reading and seminar
- 4 skills: Proficiency (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)
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|Multi Purpose 100min||1||JLPT Grammar||Kanji||JLPT Grammar||Seminar||JLPT Grammar|
|2||JLPT Vocabulary||JLPT Reading||JLPT Vocabulary||JLPT Vocabulary|
|4 Skills 100min||3||L1 ①||L2 ②||L3 ③||L4 ④||L5 ⑤|
Getting a working visa
If your plan is to obtain a work visa after your study with us, most of the time, companies will ask that you have the JLPT N2 (or above). This can vary depending on the industry you target, but the N2 level is very often the norm and what companies require. In some industries, you will also be required to have some experience back home
On top of this, in order to be eligible for a work visa, you will need to have at least a B.A degree from a university in either Japan or your home country.
If you do not have a B.A degree, it will be required that you have at least 10 years of experience in your field, and dpending on which field, the immigration will review applications on a case by case basis.
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Entering a university
If your goal is to enter a university after graduating with GenkiJACS you will need the following:
- JLPT N2 or N3 depending on the university
- Obtain the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), which is a special entrance exam similar to SATs. You can find more information on the JASSO website
Japanese B.A degrees are, for the vast majority, a 4-year program. Obtaning a B.A degree from a Japanese university will make you eligible to apply for a working visa if you do not already have a B.A from your home country.
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Joining a vocational college
Vocational colleges are usually 2-year programs and easier to acces than universities in Japan. However, easier does not necessarily mean easy, and you would still need to have the following to join one:
- JLPT N2 or N3 or
- At least a 6-month study at a Japanese language school (like GenkiJACS)
- Obtain the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), which is a special entrance exam similar to SATs. You can find more information on the JASSO website (depend on each vocational colleges)
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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 (590,000).
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 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.
* Depends upon availability