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1-year student visa course with GenkiJACS Fukuoka or GenkiJACS Produced Course in 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

Package Details

  20 lessons/week
  Held on weekdays (Monday-Friday)
  Starts in January, April, July and October
  You can win a scholarship with us too! Check for more information here: Win a scholarship

For Fukuoka

  Add modules/add-ons

For Nagoya

  Students must be Beginner 2 Level or below
  Not sure what it means? have a look here at our level system
  • package price
This price includes all school costs, textbook costs, visa mailing charges, health check, and all other fees required to study with us, except accommodation. You will not be required to pay any other fees to study with us.

Visa application deadline for January 2025




If you have your own visa, you can enroll up to 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Course Details

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 weeks per year
  • Students per class
  • Class focus


  • Class weeks per year 40 weeks
  • Students per class 9
  • Class focus Communicative Japanese

Other Schools

  • Class weeks per year 38 weeks
  • Students per class 15-20
  • Class focus Academic Japanese

Who is eligible?

You must be:

  • Pre-intermediate or lower level for Fukuoka
  • Beginner 1 level or lower for Nagoya
If your Japanese level is too high already, you won't be able to take our one-year course, but our 20-week or 10-week course might be possible. Contact us for more information.

You or a family member must be able to show funds to pay for tuition and living expenses (minimum roughly 1,950,000)

You must apply before the deadline.

View application deadlines

Required documents

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.

Mandatory test during your study


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.

Offered regulary

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 2022* Student Visa course graduates

*The years are counted from April to March (just like schools in Japan)

JLPT Taken - 38 Students

JLPT N4 Level - 20 Students Passed

JLPT N3 Level - 10 Students passed

JLPT N2 Level - 2 students passed

Further Education - 3 students

Employment in Japan - 4 students

Study speed and progression

Progression speed

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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Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Grammar/conversation 100min 1 L1①
Grammar/conversation 100min 3 L1②
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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Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
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

Post-graduation requirements

Terms & conditions

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 20-weeks of tuition (660,000).

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.

Course FAQs

No, this course is only available in Fukuoka and Nagoya. Unfortunately, we are only able to provide student visa support at our Fukuoka and Nagoya campuses. But if you are hoping to study in Tokyo or Kyoto, do check our 6 months course.
We know why you opened that! We're like you, we are not big fans of tests. But this test is a mandatory requirement, and orders come from the Japanese government. Call us silly, but when requirements come from the Japanese government, we tend to follow their instructions :).
In short YES, you will need to take this test during your study with us.
Yes, you are allowed to work for up to 28 hours per week during term time, and up to 40 hours per week during your holiday. However, remember that your primary goal is to study, so please do not allow work to interfere with your school hours.

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.
Absolutely!* After you have finished your studies with us you would be more than welcome to extend your course by 6 months at a huge discount!
* Depends upon availability
A good number of our students have found employment after studying with us. It does depend on your level of Japanese at the start of your course. Most jobs in Japan ask for a university degree and at least a JLPT 2 level of Japanese.
As much as we would love to, we are a Japanese language school, and not a job placement agency :) We can of course help with advice, writing your CV, and preparing for your job interview.
What a great goal! Yes, you can if you would like to. It does require a certain level of Japanese as you can imagine, but even if you have never formally learned Japanese, we would be super happy to be your first step towards achieving your goal.

Begin the journey of a lifetime. Speak Japanese, live Japan.

About Us

Accredited and award-winning Japanese school in Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka and Nagoya. Learn real-world, communicative Japanese in small, intimate classes. Kickstart the journey of a lifetime in Japan, or bring your existing skills to new levels.

Head Office

Hakataekihigashi 1-16-23,
Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi 812-0013,

+81 (0)92 472 0123

Tokyo School

Hanazono Bldg 3F, Shinjuku 5-17-6,
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022,

+81 (0)3 6457 3554

Kyoto School

Hayashi Bldg 2F, Shimizuchō (Kawaramachidōri), 454-1,
Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto-shi 600-8025,

+81 (0)75-353-0003


Meieki-Nagata Bldg 4F, Meieki 3-26-19, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0002,

+81 (0)52-433-3152