This has been planned for a long time, so we’re incredibly happy to finally see those plans come to fruition. The Japanese government’s accreditation process for Japanese schools is slow, tough, detailed and often quite frustrating (sorry, Japanese government!). For example, schools are required to own the school building (no rentals allowed). This is the reason that we bought a 6-floor building in Fukuoka last year, and moved into it this May.
The reward for completing the accreditation process is that now, GenkiJACS can provide student visas to all qualified applicants who book to study for a year with us. This is awesome for two reasons:
1) People who previously could only study with us for short periods can now come for a full year. Citizens of most countries can stay in Japan for up to 6 months on a visa waiver, but anything longer than 6 months requires a formal long-term visa such as the student visa.
2) People studying on the student visa can receive lots of discounts such as cheap health insurance, travel, cell phone contracts and more!
It’s important to note that for now, this accreditation only relates to our Fukuoka school, not Tokyo. This is because we don’t own the school building in Tokyo. So, we can only provide student visas for long-term study in Fukuoka.
There is more info about visas, including the student visas, here.
The official student visa application deadline is the 20th of November, but if we fill up before then, we will be stopping applications. Places on the student visa course starting in April are very limited, so if you’re planning to study with us then, we recommend booking as early as possible. See you in Fukuoka in 2016!