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Aichi Center For Japanese Studies - The Yamasa Institute
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Key Features

Accredited

The Japanese Government has certified The Yamasa Institute as the only education provider in the Mikawa region with the appropriate programs, systems, curriculum and facilities required for quality Japanese language education. Yamasa has the highest level of accreditation currently available and so can offer faster visa processing, later application deadlines and longer periods of stay than many other institutions. Some institutions offer one student visa start date per year - Yamasa offers two. Some institutions can offer six-month visas only - we can offer up to two years from April or 18 months from October. Yamasa was a founding member of the regulating body - The Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education (APJLE). Since the founding meeting, Yamasa has been continuing to push for higher standards and greater responsiveness to students' needs.

Lower Expenses

The Institute is non-profit and all of our high quality courses are delivered at cost. The fact is that there is no need whatsoever to pay Tokyo rents or Osaka prices in order to study in Japan. Located conveniently in the historic central region of Japan, Yamasa and Okazaki offer not only quality but also affordability. Although our classrooms are larger and facilities more modern, the lower price of land and other fixed costs means that tuition fees are very competitive compared to programs offered in the cramped conditions available in the larger cities. Prices are generally lower and housing is significantly cheaper and more spacious. Yamasa has by far the highest quality student accommodation available in Japan – and students living in Yamasa’s student housing have no transport fares to budget for because all of the accommodation is within walking distance of the campus. (In Tokyo - commuting to classes usually costs 16000/30000 yen per month) The average cost of living, including food and other expenses, is reported by our students to be approximately 50,000 yen per month. Some report substantially less. Furthermore, Yamasa offers more classes per week than most institutions allowing you to concentrate more on your studies and less on commuting on crowded subways or trains. Yamasa isn’t just cheaper; you can save more of your time for studying or experiencing the real Japan.

University Placement

Each year an increasing number of international students choose Yamasa not only as their springboard to fluency and literacy in the Japanese language, but also as a reliable starting point for extended studies in Japan in their chosen field. An unusual aspect of our programs is that every student has an academic adviser to assist them not only with their studies, but also with gathering information, preparation for entrance exams, interviews and essays as well as selection of suitable programs. It is a key reason why every year, Yamasa’s graduates have been consistently successful in obtaining undergraduate and graduate places at leading private and publicly funded Japanese Universities including Tokyo University, Waseda University, Nanzan University, Nagoya University, Shizuoka University, Kyoto University, Aichi University, Chubu University, Teikyo University, Nihon University, Aichi University of Education and many others. In addition, many Universities and Colleges in the central region of Japan have become ‘suisen daigaku’ - institutions that accept our graduates on our recommendation. Every year, all of our students seeking University or College positions are successful.

Work Opportunities

In addition to International students choosing Yamasa as their entry point into Japanese universities, many students use Yamasa’s work placement service as a reliable entry point into Japanese companies. One of the main distinguishing features of Yamasa is that a large number of the students enrolling in the Academic programs have already completed their degrees (undergraduate or postgraduate). For professionals interested in learning Japanese quickly before seeking employment in Japan, Yamasa offers one of the best routes available. Yamasa maintains very close links with local industry and helps students find quality jobs in fields such as manufacturing, information-technology, financial services and international trade. The region is the home of Japan’s automobile industry and many major Japanese corporations have their headquarters and research centers nearby. The Mikawa region (Okazaki, Toyota, Toyohashi and environs) has taken great advantage of its central location, is economically prosperous and offers a wider range of opportunities for professionals with Japanese language skills than is generally known. Through our links to various Japanese companies and free job placement service for student visa holders, we can offer more career opportunities than other schools for our students.

Homestay Program

The lower price of land in Okazaki results in larger houses than in Tokyo or Osaka. Not only are higher quality homestays easier to obtain but also Yamasa invests a lot of energy into the Homestay program, and we are one of the few APJLE accredited schools in Japan with a full-time Homestay Officer. The exposure to ‘natural’ Japanese in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere has been considered by many of the students to be a key reason for their success in obtaining proficiency in Japanese. Plus the homestays give the students not only the opportunity to practice their language skills and personally experience the culture of ‘real’ Japan, it also provides a priceless chance to communicate across cultures and make long lasting friendships.

Student Accommodation

Students (especially with families) who come to Japan generally find obtaining good convenient housing a real headache. Perhaps more than any other factor, the quality of your housing will determine what kind of lifestyle you will experience as a student in Japan and whether or not you are successful in your studies. Most students in bigger cities cannot afford high rents and end up living in substandard housing with long train or subway commutes. Many universities, institutes and schools rely heavily on private vendors for accommodation and unfortunately many institutions do not inform students of the real facts until after they enroll. By comparison every student who enrolls in The Yamasa Institute is personally guaranteed:
Safe, modern accommodation (with more space than is usual in Japan) already furnished and ready for you on arrival. Many options available.
Affordable student housing at competitive rents including apartments, dormitories and homestays - all coordinated by full time professional staff in Yamasa’s Student Housing Office. There is no "reikin" or "shikikin".
Accommodation within walking distance of your classroom door. In short - no train or bus fares and no standing up in crowded trains.

Quality Faculty

The Yamasa Institute is dedicated to excellence in teaching and scholarship. Only the best teachers and instructors join our faculty. All of our academic staff are highly experienced and fully qualified teachers of Japanese as a second language. Also, virtually all of the Institute’s teachers and administrative staff have spent a considerable amount of time studying and working outside their home countries. Team teaching is used at all times - you will always have a dedicated team of teachers offering both quality and variety. In addition to team teaching, the faculty members are always available beyond the classroom to advise and assist students. Furthermore at Yamasa, a personal academic adviser is assigned to each student to enhance language acquisition and ensure you have an excellent chance of success in obtaining credits, admission to Japanese universities or graduate schools, or in your chosen profession. All Yamasa courses and programs are delivered exclusively by Yamasa’s professional faculty. Supporting the students and academic staff is a multi-lingual and highly experienced administration to make your life easier from enrollment right through to graduation.


Hattori Foundation
The YAMASA Institute

1-2-1 Hanehigashi-machi, Okazaki City
Aichi Prefecture, 444-0832, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)564 55 8111
Fax: +81 (0)564 55 8113
Email: admissions@yamasa.org

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