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Okayama Institute of Languages
2-10 Funabashi-cyo, Kita-ku Okayama, 700-0841 Japan
TEL: 81-(0)86-231-5211
FAX: 81-(0)86-225-4020
MAIL: info@okg-jp.com

→About a 10 minute cab ride from JR Okayama Station.
→About a 15 minute ride on trolley from JR Okayama Station. Take a trolley bound for Seikibashi at Platform #2, and get off at Higashi-Cyuocho Station, then walk about 5 minutes.
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General Questions

1.

I am residing in Japan with a non-College Visa. Can I study Japanese at your school?

Yes. Please see the details.Intensive Course

2.

I am outside of Japan. Can I study Japanese at your school for only three months?

You will need to obtain a short term visa. If you are a citizen of the countries that enroll in the Visa Waiver Program (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan), you will not need to obtain a visa.

3.

Can I study Japanese at your school for two to three weeks during my summer vacation?

Yes. Please see the details.Special Course (short term)

4.

Can I prepare for “The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students” and the “Japanese-Language Proficiency Test” at your school?

Yes. Approaching the tests, we have preparatory classes for them, and some material for your self study.

5.

Can I study only one day per week?

Our current course is from Monday to Friday, four hours a day. We do not have a once-a-week course now.

6.

Can I enter your school in the middle of the semester?

You need to take a placement test to check your language level before your start. If the class of your level has extra seats, you can participate in the class.


About School

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1.

Where is your school located?

Okayama Institute of Languages is located in the center of Okayama city, close to convenience stores, department stores, grocery stores, hospitals and post offices.

2.

Are there any staff members who can speak English (Chinese or Korean)?

Yes. We have staff who are fluent in English, Chinese, and Korean. They support students teaching Japanese rules and manners, and assist in case of sickness or emergency.

3.

What kind of events do you have at school?

Events include: entrance ceremony, graduation ceremony, field trip for newcomers, sports festival, factory visits, and more events where you can meet and interact with Japanese people.Please see the Annual Events (long-term).

4.

Do you have any scholarships?

About 10 of our students receive an Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology every year (\48,000/month x 12 months). A few of our students receive LSH Asia Scholars Association Scholarship every year (\100,000/year).

Also, every three months, we present Okayama Institute of Languages Honors Scholarships: \30,000/person to 7-15 recipients each time; and Okayama Institute of Languages Special Awards: \5,000/person to 13-25 recipients. Every semester, we present Okayama Institute of Languages Special Awards for Perfect Attendance.

Please note: public scholarships are only for students in Pre-College Course (long term).


About Students

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Where are the students from?

Many of the students are from Asia, mainly from China and Korea. They are from more than 10 countries such as Vietnam, Nepal, Thailand, Russia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, etc.

2.

How old are the students?

Most of the students are in their 20s.

3.

How many students in one class?

There are about 20 students per class.

4.

Do you have an age limit?

Please see the Qualification of Admission of each course.


About Teachers

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Are the teachers certified?

The teachers at Okayama Institute of Languages are all professional Japanese teachers who received Japanese teacher training. Most of them finished and received the certification of our Japanese Teacher Training Course in Okayama Institute of Languages.

2.

Do the teachers speak English (Chinese or Korean)?

Yes. They speak English or other languages.


About Lessons

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1.

Which language do you use in class?

We teach Japanese using Japanese language without relying on other intermediary languages such as English. Well trained teachers will assist you, so you do not have to worry about it.

2.

I am concerned that I do not understand Japanese well.

At school, we have Chinese, Korean and English speaking staff. You can always ask their assistance in any matter.

3.

I am not familiar with Kanji. Can I still join your classes?

In our basic classes, we have separate Kanji lessons for the students who are familiar with it and unfamiliar with it, so that you can study it at your own pace.

4.

How do you divide the classes?

We decide your classes based on the placement test you take before your start; grammar, Kanji, and conversation.

5.

Do you consider the attendance rate important?

Yes. A high attendance rate is required when you extend or change your visa status, or you apply for a university, graduate school, or vocational school. For example, if your attendance rate is 80% or lower, the application for any changes to your visa status may be turned down. If your attendance rate is 100%, you have a greater chance of achieving university admission on the recommendation system, or to receive scholarships or tuition reduction in a university.

6.

How do you help students prepare for higher education?

We provide university guidance, preparatory exams, “Graduates Talk” (a special event where past graduates come to speak to current students about their experience. “Graduates Talk” is a great opportunity for students to interact and get advice from Okayama Institute of Languages graduates), individual academic advisement and interviewing practice with experienced teachers, preparatory classes for the “Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students” (math, physics and chemistry). In the orientation, we assist students with information gathering and the application process. For graduate school applicants, we have one-on-one meetings to assist them.


About Daily Lives

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1.

Do you have a dormitory?

We have more than 20 furnished student apartment rooms (single or double) with bedding, refrigerator, TV, washing machine, microwave oven, and so on. The rental rate is \167,000 per person for six months. Please see more details at page of Dormitory.

2.

How much does it cost to live for a month?

The average is about \70,000~80,000 per month including a room rental.

3.

Can I get a part-time job? Is it easy to find a job?

With the College Visa, you are allowed to work a maximum of 28 hours a week after acquiring permission. Naturally, your level of Japanese language fluency is an important factor in obtaining a job. We strongly encourage you to study Japanese first.


About Visas

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Can you obtain a student Visa for me?

Yes, we can obtain a College Visa for you.

2.

To study abroad in Japan, is it necessary to obtain a Visa?

It depends on your nationality.
  • For short term study (within three months), it is possible to come to Japan without a visa. Please see more details. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • For long term study (more than six months), you are required to obtain a Visa.


About Application

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How do you process my application?

Please choose a course you want to join, and see the details in each course.

2.

Can you do the placement test by emails?

Our placement test, includes an in-person interview as well as the written tests. Please come to our school office.


About Fees

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1.

How much are the Admission Fees?

Please see more details in each course.

Pre-College Course (long term)  ● Intensive Course (short term)

2.

How much does the study material cost? Is it included in the tuition?

It differs by course. Please see the details in each course.

3.

In the case I withdraw from school, will you refund my fees?

lease see the school’s refund policy. Refund Policy

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