202-5, Kokubumachi, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka 839-0863
FAQ －Frequently asked questions－
What qualifications do I need to enrol?
You must have completed an education course equivalent to 12 years of schooling in Japan or have completed at least 150 hours of study at a Japanese language institution. Or, you must possess Japanese language skills equivalent to Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N5 or above. For more information, please click here to see the “Application requirements” in the application guidelines.
Are there any age limit or nationality restriction on my enrolment?
It does not matter if you are over 18 years of age. If you have graduated from your last school of study more than five years ago, please consult with us. Regarding nationality, if you hold a foreign nationality, this is not a problem.
Do I have to take an exam to enrol?
Yes. There is a written exam and an interview exam, but don’t worry, these are not difficult if you have studied well in advance.
How long does it take from the time I apply for admission to the school until I am granted permission?
It takes approximately two and a half months to receive a Certificate of Eligibility from the Immigration Bureau of Japan after the school submits the application documents related to the recognition of status of residence. After the Certificate of Eligibility is issued, you are required to apply for the visa yourself at the Japanese diplomatic mission in your home country. It takes approximately one to two weeks for the visa to be issued. For details on the admission process, please click here.
If I decline admission, is there a refund?
The screening fee and entrance fee are not refundable under any circumstances.
Tuition and other fees will be refunded in accordance with the school’s regulations, but the percentage of refund will vary depending on the timing of your request to withdraw from enrollment.
For details on refund, please click here to see the “Refund” in the application guidelines.
How do I go to school?
For the safety and convenience of the students, we require them to walk to school. Dormitories are available within walking distance.
Are all teachers Japanese？
Yes. They are all Japanese teachers with extensive experience in teaching Japanese. They provide appropriate guidance to each individual not only in terms of learning but also in terms of daily life.
Are classes only taught in Japanese?
Yes. Classes are taught in Japanese to get you used to the Japanese language, and textbooks are also in Japanese. The Japanese language teacher will teach you carefully until you understand the language, so don’t worry.
Can I use the internet at school?
Yes. Internet access (Wi-Fi) is available in the school building.In addition, there are computers in the library for the exclusive use of students, which can be used freely.
What level of Japanese language proficiency will I have by the time I graduate?
Our curriculum is designed to eventually obtain Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2 to N1.
However, not everyone can obtain these certificates, and the most important thing is your own effort, but we will support your efforts as much as possible.
About daily life
What clothes do I need to bring with me when I come to Japan?
Japan has four seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter), with temperatures differing by more than 30 degrees between summer and winter. The climate is similar during the enrolment period in April and October. Short-sleeved shirts and light jackets are fine. You can also find out about appropriate daily clothing here.
What is the climate like in Kurume?
The seasonal average temperatures in Kurume, where Aile academy is located, are as follows.
・Spring (March-May) : Average temperature 15.1 degrees
The weather is mild, sunny and pleasant.
・Summer (June-August) : Average temperature 26.3 degrees
There is a month-long rainy season, called the ”tsuyu” or ”baiu”, and after it ends, sunny days continue. The temperature can exceed 35°C on some days.
・Autumn (September-November) : Average temperature 18.9 degrees
Sunny and rainy days alternate. The temperatures are like summer for a while, but gradually drop from late October onwards.
・Winter (December-February) : Average temperature 6.7 degrees
Most days are dry and sunny, but it can snow from time to time. The temperature can drop below freezing in the early mornings and at night.
How much does it cost for me to live in Japan?
It varies from person to person, but the monthly living expenses, excluding tuition, are food expenses are 15,000-30,000 yen, utilities (water, electricity, gas, etc.) total 10,000 yen, cell phone bill 5,000 yen, and other expenses 5,000 yen, which is about 50,000 yen.
Are meals served in the dormitories?
Meals are not served in dormitories. Students are expected to prepare their own meals, eat out or buy packed lunches. Supermarkets and convenience stores are located near the dormitories, so there is no need to worry about shopping.