Do you feel discouraged when learning Japanese? Do you feel undecided when you fail the JLPT and would like advice about your future education in Japan? Do you feel as if you made the wrong choice of choosing Japan to pursue higher education?
If the answers are yes, then you should consider investing one to two years at a Japanese Language School. Because it will make a huge difference!
Speed Up Your Proficiency Level of Japanese
All Japanese language schools have only one goal: to offer international students a real Japanese learning environment to help you achieve your desired level within the shortest amount of time. Learning the language while immersed in Japanese culture and regulated Japanese language practice can be a great aid to speed up your learning process.
The curriculum of Japanese language school is crafted to cater to the needs of each student. For example, students aspiring to be admitted to a Japanese university will have a different learning program from those striving for vocational schools or finding employment immediately. Let’s take the standard Japanese Course at Genki Japanese and Culture School, located in Tokyo, as an example. For this program, students will have to attend lectures for 20 hours per week, in which two classes focus on grammar and another two classes focus on applying your skills to real-world situations. Classes have a maximum of eight students and give emphasis on daily conversations rather than academic Japanese. At Genki, students have to attend the lectures for 40 weeks. With this pace, it is possible for you to achieve N2 in about 1 year and a half.
What makes Japanese Language Schools far superior to self-study are the guidance and support from teachers and friends, particularly on choosing universities and passing the university entrance exams. Furthermore, they do not only offer in-class lessons. At Japanese Language Schools, students are also provided with many opportunities for cultural immersion such as field trips, intercultural exchange with Japanese students, and other extra-curricular activities. You will have opportunities to speak to native Japanese speakers so you can apply what you are learning in class in real life. In this way, you can acquire Japanese language skills that can be beneficial for living in Japan.
Beyond Learning a New Language.
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”(Frank Smith)
Yes, mastering a new language comes with innumerable amount of benefits, and learning Japanese is no exception. Learning a new language will enable students to master the culture of a country as well.
Through Japanese Language Schools, not only can you acquire a good command of Japanese, but you can also expose yourself to the uniqueness of the Japanese culture. It’s a combination of traditional and modern practices that needs time to grasp. Their cultural traditions are ingrained in the people, and these traditions dictate the way they react, interact and behave. The more you communicate with the native people in Japan, the more you will be exposed to Japanese culture. Once you understand its customs, you are one step closer to your door of success.
Moreover, it is really exciting to study at Japanese Language School as you will meet a variety of people from all corners of the globe that are as passionate as you in learning Japanese. Through this, you will acquire a new perspective and create connections with these people. So why not choose to enroll in a Japanese Language School as your first step and consequently kill two birds with one stone?
What’s Next? Opportunities.
As a student currently studying in Japan, I must emphasize the importance of becoming proficient in the Japanese language in term of employment. No matter how talented you are, you must know how to speak Japanese when you decide to come to Japan. Knowing Japanese will not only open countless doors of opportunities in Japan, but also in other parts of the world as well.
What to do after you graduate from Japanese language school?
Many students are coming to Japan to study with the aim of pursuing higher education in Japan. They usually take a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, or even a professional license at one of the most prestigious universities in Japan.
If you study at a language school and can get your Japanese to a suitable level, it’s possible to have Japanese universities contacting you with scholarship offers. Normally, Japanese language schools tend to establish connections with various universities. They can cooperate to organize campus tour for each university, which can be a great chance for you to gather information about many universities then compare them to see which suit you best. With an upper-intermediate level of Japanese, you can visit them directly and talk with their respective admissions office. Additionally, the academic support service at language schools can also help you in developing a plan that will maximize your chances of being accepted and guide you on how to take advantage of scholarship programs.
Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing a graduate from Meros Language School in Tokyo, in which she shared how Meros helped her to acquire her Japanese skills. Her name is Vo Hoai Thanh, currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Takushoku University.
“I spent two years at Meros Language School before enrolling in the undergraduate program at Takushoku University. Two years seemed long, but it was such a memorable time. It was Meros’s dedicated teachers and my “Japanese gang” who always supported and motivated me when I felt depressed. It was Meros who helped me from scratch. At the beginning, I knew nothing about Japanese manners until the days I gained experience in Japanese working culture. It was also Meros who guided me during the admission procedure of my current university. I must thank Meros Language School because I had chances to participate in many orientations and interview sessions organized by big enterprises in Japan. My Japanese skills gradually accumulated, which offered me many opportunities to work part-time in Japanese corporations. Without Meros, I could not have what I have today.”
Thanh’s story testifies to the fact that Japanese language schools also cooperate with big corporations in providing opportunities for its students. In this way, students are able to gain practical experience in working culture in Japan through the companies’ workshops.
In addition, national universities have much lower tuition fees than in other countries. The annual tuition fee at national universities is fixed at 585,800 yen. In contrast, private universities may vary on tuition fees. Most of the private universities range from 1.2 million yen to 2 million yen annually, depending on the program’s department. Typically, private universities such as Keio University are more expensive than national or public university tuition, such as the University of Tokyo, Tohoku University and Osaka University.
For more information about the national and private universities in Japan in terms of tuition fees and living expenses, please visit: https://schoolynk.com/media/articles/245ea105-7e5e-49db-ad13-17c083b9a00a
Mastering Japanese first then applying for scholarships in prestigious universities, followed by a plethora of opportunities, such a wise investment it is!
In the end, your chance of future career comes down to your Japanese ability. Thus, think of Japanese Language School as your first step to living in Japan as a foreign student.