The minimum duration for a language course is usually two weeks, but students benefit the most starting from the 3rd and 4th weeks of their language course, after they get used to the new environment. By this time, the early distractions are over and the student has "settled in". The average student takes about 12 weeks of language studies abroad.
The Long Term General Japanese Course is for all level of students who wish to study and live in Japan for a long. It is absolutely no problem even if you have no idea what to do in the future. ISI Language School has about 25-35 classes from beginner to advance, so you will find the most suitable class for you.
The experienced teachers devise the better method day by day, using original photos and pictures, so that students can relax and practice for many situations. The special direct teaching method is used. You have a lot of chances to speak up in the elementary classes.
Once you reach the intermediate level, you can take 16 hours general lessons and 4 hours elective lessons. The elective lessens can be chosen from conversation, JLPT preparatory, EJU preparatory, or post graduate exam preparatory.
Beginner to Intermediate students are generally placed in the afternoon class, and Upper intermediate to Advanced students are generally in the morning class. The class will be decided as a result of the placement test on your first day.
Minimum enrollment is 20 weeks (6 months including holidays), and available to extend the course onsite, up to 2 years.
Listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and activities
03 Jul 2018, 09 Oct 2018, 08 Jan 2019
Start dates for beginners
03 Jul 2018, 09 Oct 2018, 08 Jan 2019
Classes per week
20 lessons per week
(each lesson lasts 45 min)
Monday - Friday
23 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018, 12 Feb 2018, 17 Mar 2018 - 10 Apr 2018, 28 Apr 2018 - 6 May 2018, 23 Jun 2018 - 4 Jul 2018, 16 Jul 2018, 4 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018, 17 Sep 2018, 24 Sep 2018, 28 Sep 2018 - 7 Oct 2018, 23 Nov 2018, 22 Dec 2018 - 9 Jan 2019, 14 Jan 2019, 11 Feb 2019, 21 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
ISI Tokyo, Takadanobaba does not hold classes on the holiday dates above. The school does not compensate for these holidays, so make sure to choose your start date accordingly.
You can choose from the following class times:
08:50 AM - 12:20 PM
01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.
All levels, beginner to advanced
You will take a placement test on your first day to determine your class level. You may also take this test before your arrival in Tokyo.
18 years old and older
20 years old (20 in the summer)
A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course.
Have questions? Get answers from International Study Institute staff, Language International student advisors, and past students.
"Do you offer 21 weeks courses?"
Millena Oliveira , student from Brazil
No. Long term students can start from the specific starting dates, which are the beginning of the semesters. As you can see on the website, 07.01.2014/ 08.04.2014/ 01.07.2014/ 08.10.2014. The structure of our 1 year schedule is April term (10 weeks = 3 months) + holiday + July term (10 weeks = 3 months) + holiday + October term (10 weeks = 3 months) + holiday + January term (10 weeks = 3 months). So we cannot accept students who will remain only for 1 week in the next term.
"The student would like to complete the beginner's phase. That could be made in about 9 months, correct? If he starts on the 7th of July, when would he finish his course (Taking into account the holidays of the school)? Which would be the holidays during his studying period?"
Dyan Test , student from USA
Luanne McCallum, INTERLINK School of Languages school representative
Yes, it is said that non-Kanji background students (other than Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean) need about 9 months to complete the beginner – elementary level. Once he complete this period, he will be able to have a daily conversation without any problem and use honorific expressions in a simple conversation.
9 months in our school is “30 weeks course”. In his case, from 1st July 2014 to 20th March 2015.