Course outline

In this course, students will learn Japanese systematically for 1 year to 2 years. All the students will take JLPT preparation classes and choose specialized courses to prepare for each individual’s path. The course also offers elective subjects and extra classes.
Additionally, we prepare a lot of activities. In culture classes (Japanese Tea Ceremony, Kado, Japanese calligraphy, cooking, anime, manga, Shogi, Japanese music, martial arts, etc.), students can feel the essence of Japan. In school events, such as cultural festivals, speech contests, kanji contests, Japanese song festivals, etc. and regular exchanges with young Japanese people of all ages in their teens and twenties, students have a lot of opportunities to enjoy learning Japanese.
Taking this course requires a student visa, the holders of which are allowed to take a part-time job up to 28 hours per week by obtaining Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted.
The course is conducted at Tenjingawa school.

Student Survey

  • The teachers have good teaching skills 98%
  • The teachers answered my questions 97%
  • The teachers took time for me to talk about my future plan 92%
My Japanese skills have improved 95%
The study environment is good 98%
The staff at the office are friendly and helpful 96%
Overall satisfaction
(I would like to introduce this school to others)
93%
  • From student survey conducted by the school

Course details

Academic course

Students with the aspirations of studying in higher educational institutions in Japan like universities, post-graduate programs and professional training colleges.

Levels

All levels from Basics to Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Advanced

About levels

Tentang tingkatan
Membaca Menulis Mendengar Berbicara
Level pemula Mampu membaca dan memahami teks pendek. Mampu menulis hiragana, katakana dan 300 kanji. Mampu menulis surat sederhana dan komposisi pendek. Mampu memahami informasi penting dalam situasi sehari-hari seperti siaran di stasiun kereta. Mampu memahami poin penting dalam percakapan sehari-hari.
level menengah bawah Mampu membaca dan memahami teks yang cukup panjang. Paham 750 kanji dan mampu menulis surat dan laporan sederhana. Mampu memahami percakapan yang cukup panjang yang diucapkan secara alami. Mampu melakukan percakapan yang cukup panjang dan mengekspresikan pendapat individual.
level menengah menengah Mampu membaca dan memahami esensi dalam artikel surat kabar, editorial, dan novel. Paham 1000 kanji, bisa menulis panjang yang cukup saat menggunakan paragraf.Mampu menulis dalam gaya sastra yang berbeda. Mampu memahami arti dari subyek yang berbeda yang diucapkan oleh orang yang berbeda dalam gaya yang berbeda. Mampu menjelaskan dengan meyakinkan dan persuasif.
level lanjutan I Mampu memahami dan mengumpulkan poin-poin penting setelah membaca editorial dan tesis. Mampu menulis skripsi dengan istilah teknis. Mampu memahami hal-hal penting saat mendengarkan berita, pidato, dan kuliah untuk waktu yang lama. Mampu melakukan percakapan panjang yang berisi ide-ide abstrak dengan cara alami.
level lanjutan II Dapat memahami lebih dari 2000 kanji. Pada Tingkat Lanjut Atas ini, para siswa maju lebih jauh untuk mencapai tingkat pemahaman komprehensif bahasa Jepang dan mampu beradaptasi dengan masyarakat Jepang.
Admissions period

2 years course: April
1 year and 9 months course: July
1 year and 6 months course: October
1 year and 3 months course: January

Application period

2 years course:
April admission September 1 to November 30
1 year and 9 months course:
July admission December 1 to February 28
1 year and 6 months course:
October admission March 1 to May 31
1 year and 3 months course:
January admission June 1 to August 31

Class hours

Morning class: 9:00-13:00
Afternoon class: 14:00-18:00

Classes of students will be determined based on the results of the level check test

Integrated-studies course

Those who aim at employment in Japan or in the home country or those who aim at deep study of the Japanese culture.

Levels

All levels from Basics to Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Advanced

About levels

Admissions period

2 years course:
January / April / July / October

Application period

April admission: September 1 to November 30
July admission: December 1 to February 28
October admission: March 1 to May 31
January admission: June 1 to August 31

Class hours

Morning class: 9:00-13:00
Afternoon class: 14:00-18:00

Classes of students will be determined based on the results of the level check test

Specialized courses (compulsory)

In both the Academic course and the Integrated-studies course, students at the intermediate level or higher will select and take one of the following courses in the 4th and 5th periods of Fridays’ classes.
Students can study and acquire in-depth knowledge of desired subjects.

Advanced Academic course

Students

For students who aim at entering universities or vocational schools

Using famous works from various genres or current affairs as teaching materials, the students will aim at improving reading conversational skills in preparation for entrance examinations.

Advanced Business course

Students

For students who aim at finding employment with the “Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services” visa status

The students take Business Japanese lectures, IT skills and business writing exercises, internships, etc. in order to acquire business skills needed to work in Japan.

Culture and Art course

Students

For students who want to further explore Japanese history, culture, arts and martial arts

The students will learn and experience Japanese Tea Ceremony, Kado, Japanese calligraphy, cooking, kimono dressing, martial arts, anime, arts, etc. to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture.

Elective subjects (optional)

For those who aim at entering university, each one of the following subjects is taught once a week, offering students opportunities to study all the subjects needed for entrance examinations.

Subjects

English, Mathematics, Japan and the World

Extra classes (optional)

Extra classes are open during vacations. Students can enroll in these classes to further improve their skills.

Class

Employment preparation class/EJU preparatory class/
Specified Skilled Worker test preparation class

Annual schedule

At Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School, we prepare events and activities throughout a year to enjoy learning Japanese and interact with people of diverse backgrounds.
You can explore fascinating sightseeing spots and explore Japanese cultures⁠—things only possible when studying in Kyoto.

  • April Entrance Ceremony for April admission
  • May Extracurricular activities (for spring)
  • June Japanese song festival
    Midterm exam
  • July Gion festival
    Entrance Ceremony for July admission
  • August Higher education information session
  • September Speech contest
    Final exam
  • October Barbecue Party
    Entrance Ceremony for October admission
  • November Extracurricular activities (for autumn)
    Midterm exam
  • December Mochi pounding
    Kanji contest
  • January Coming-of-age ceremony
    Entrance Ceremony for January admission
  • February School festival
  • March Higher education/employment information session
    Graduation Ceremony
    Final exam

Download Requirements for Application

You can download documents in PDF format for more detailed guidelines for application. Please select your language and download.

※About “Group A” and “Group B”
Countries are divided into Group A and Group B by the Immigration Services Agency.
Depending on groups, the contents of Requirements for Application may differ.
To see which group your home country is in, please refer to the right section (Group categories Japanese / English).

From application to enrolment

  1. Applying
    1. 01:Explanation of admission requirements

      Our representative explains and checks the necessary documents.

    2. 02:Interviews

      A representative from the school interviews the applicant and his/her financial guarantor.

    3. 03:Submitting application

      The applicant sends an application to the school. A screening fee of 33,000 Yen is required.

  2. Checking and acceptance of application
    1. 01:In-school screening

      After in-school screening, the school submits documents of successful applicants to the Immigration Services Agency.

    2. 02:Issuing residence permit Immigration

      Services Agency screens the applications. It takes 3 months to screen.
      Certificate of Eligibility will be issued to those whose applications are approved. Also, Notice of Not Granting Certificate of Eligibility will be issued to declined applicants.

  3. Payment of tuition fees
    1. 01:Charging tuition fees

      The school sends a copy of Certificate of Eligibility and the invoice.

    2. 02: Remittance of fees

      Applicants transfer tuition fees by the deadline.

    3. 03:Sending Certificate of Eligibility

      The school confirms the payment and sends the original Certificate of Eligibility.

  4. Issuing a visa
    1. 01:Applying for a visa

      Please bring your Passport, Certificate of Eligibility, Certificate of Admission to Japan’s Overseas Diplomatic Establishment and apply for a visa.

      ※Certificate of Eligibility expires in 3 months afiter the issuance.

  5. Coming to Japan / Enrolment
    1. 01:Entrance Ceremony

      Please come to Japan and take the level check test before the day of entrance ceremony.

      April intake around April 10
      July intake around July 10
      October intake around October 10
      January intake around January 10

  6. Welcome to KYOTO MINSAI!

Scholarships information

4 kinds of scholarships are endowed for students of Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School.

Honors Scholarship for privately financed international students (JASSO)

  • Award period

    1 year

  • Allowance

    30,000 Yen per month

  • Number of scholarships

    1 scholarship (the number may increase in the future)

  • Applicants

    students who had studied at least 6 months at Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School

Scholarships from the Support Committee of Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School

  • Award period

    1 year

  • Allowance

    20,000 Yen per month

  • Number of scholarships

    from 1 to 2 scholarships (the number may increase in the future)

  • Applicants

    students who had studied at least 6 months at Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School

Scholarships from Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School

  • Award period

    6 months

  • Allowance

    from 10,000 to 50,000 Yen per month

  • Number of scholarships

    from 1 to 4 scholarships

  • Applicants

    students who had studied at least 6 months at Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School

Kanda Sei Scholarships

  • Award period

    the student will be exempt from tuition fees for 3 months

  • Allowance

    150,000 Yen

  • Number of scholarships

    1 scholarship for each quarter (4 scholarships for a year)

  • Applicants

    students who had studied at least 6 months at Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School

  • Recipients of each of these 4 scholarships bare no payback obligation.
General requirements for applicants
  • 1. School attendance rate of at least 95%.
  • 2. Having shown role-model behavior in classroom and submission of papers
  • 3. Excellent scores in tests or exams

In addition, each scholarships program has its stipulation.
In the selection of benefactors of scholarships, special consideration is paid to students from non-kanji countries