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AJSP - Advanced Japanese Study Program

Intended Audience

AJSP class Students enrolled in AJSP have achieved the necessary advanced level in the Japanese language to potentially:

  • Study in a Japanese university/have the proficiency to perform academic research/complete projects and essays/do presentations.
  • Work for a Japanese company that involves a domestic or international posting.
  • Work for a company that uses Japanese as its main language.

To this end, AJSP students are required to have attained a mark of 80% or more on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test level 2 to enter this course.

As it is expansive and covers a lot of areas, AJSP was designed for students who are able to make the required investment of time to complete the program.

Why AJSP?

After many years of study, many a Japanese student have found themselves setting themselves more tangible goals for their studies. Some of these objectives may include:

  • Studying in a Japanese university.
  • Finding employment in a Japanese company in a domestic or international posting.
  • Finding employment in a company that uses Japanese as its main language.

but may also include:

  • Performing academic research that is conducted in Japanese.
  • Starting a business that deals predominantly with Japanese clients.
  • Working as a freelance translator or interpreter.

AJSP class To prosper in any of these fields, a high level of not only linguistic proficiency is required but also a cultural and situational awareness. Additionally, specialist knowledge about what written and verbal grammatical registers are appropriate for particular situations is absolutely crucial.

To attain the necessary competencies to realize your Japanese study goals, YAMASA’s AJSP course covers all of these bases and more.

If you enter YAMASA’s AJSP course, you will be studying in a course that during the 20 years of it’s history has and has continued to boast:

  • A remarkable list of alumni: Since its commencement, AJSP has played host to a figurative smorgasbord of high achievers. Previous YAMASA students have gone on to:

    • Enroll in post graduate degrees at prestigious universities in Japan and abroad; including those in the Ivy League.
    • Work in influential government departments in their home countries such as the department of education, foreign affairs and the military.
    • Work as foreign correspondents for international newspapers.
    • Work professionally as translators and interpreters; a position that indicates that one has attained the highest level of linguistic expertise available.

  • Student photoessay Engaging and customized curriculum: In addition to the text prescribed for the course, YAMASA has developed its own set of highly practical and intellectually challenging materials. The materials themselves feature expressions and material that you won’t find in most textbooks, online portals or even in a lot of Japanese only language study websites.
    In addition to this, the materials are structured with sufficient scaffolding to allow you to get a solid grasp of the concept at hand before reproducing the target language. To see an example of the type of things that you will be studying, please download this photoessay that was written by our AJSP class students.

  • Maximum class sizes of twelve: Due to the cap on class sizes, it can be guaranteed that you will not get lost in the shuffle and that your needs on both an educational and personal front will be appropriately catered for.
    This limit also gives our students ample opportunity to speak during class and have their opinions heard, in addition to hearing other's opinions. Reduced numbers also mean that you will have full access to YAMASA’s team of highly experienced educational professionals.

  • Classes designed to suit student needs: AJSP also features customized classes that are held four times weekly. Customized classes are based on a curriculum designed by the teacher in consultation with the student. As such, they are created in line with student needs. For example, a student may want to use this time to allow their teachers to correct an essay that they have composed, practice Japanese conversation, work on their vocabulary or grammar, or to take a class based on a particular television drama or short story.

Content

Course Framework

Language acquisition classes (8 classes per week)

These are classes that are devoted to more sophisticated Japanese expressions and grammar. You will find that this will differ from grammar that you have learnt previously in that it is specialized content and used in formal settings.
Language reinforcement classes
(10 classes per week)

Using the knowledge gleaned from your language acquisition class, you will be exposed to a series of real world texts such as TV documentaries, radio news, newspapers and novels to put your theoretical knowledge into practice.
Career Support
(2 classes per week)

This class hones job hunting/studying skills like writing business e-mails and using honorific language; a crucial part of functioning in Japanese society. Students acquire practical language that will prepare them for job interviews at Japanese companies.
Customized classes (4 classes per week)
Lessons tailored to student learning needs.

Class Timetable

An average day in AJSP usually consists of the following:

 
Period Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1 9:00 - 9:50 Lesson
2 10:00 - 10:50
3 11:00 - 11:50
11:50 - 12:40
Lunch Break
4 12:40 - 13:30 Lesson
5 13:40 - 14:30 Group customized classes

The first four periods of each day will focus on the retention of areas such as grammar and vocabulary, lessons that reinforce and strengthen the use of that material, as well as career support. Customized classes then start from the fifth period onwards.

Options

In addition, the following classes are also available for AJSP students. Please click the links below if you would like to find out more about these courses.

Start Dates

How long does the course run for? From 3 months to 1 year. The course is divided into 3 month quarters.
When does the course start?
Year Quarter Course Duration
2017 Spring From April 5th to June 23rd
Summer From July 5th to September 22nd
Autumn/Fall From October 4th to December 15th
2018 Winter From January 10th to March 23rd
Note: Students who wish to enroll in the course using a student visa have two opportunities to do so and will have to lodge the necessary paperwork during the following dates:

  • April Quarter Application Period: September 5th to November 20th
  • October Quarter Application Period: March 20th to May 31st
What days do classes run? Monday through Friday.
How many total classes per term will I take? You will take a total of 223 classes every 3 month term consisting of 207 core lessons and 16 semi-private classes.
What time does class start and finish? Classes start at 9 o’clock and finish at 3:30 with a 50 minute break in between.
What is the length of an average class? 50 minutes

Tuition Fees

Take advantage of the following discounts that are available to all students enrolling or re-enrolling in YAMASA!
  • Returning students enrolling in this course are eligible for a 20% discount on their initial payment of fees.
  • Students with a Working Holiday Visa or a JET Programme Visa are able to receive a 10% discount on their initial payment of fees.
  • For those students who complete all of their enrollment by the periods indicated below, the following discounts are available.
    • 16 weeks prior to start: 10% Discount
    • 12 weeks prior to start: 5% Discount
  • For students who have JLPT N2, a 10% discount is awarded to the initial payment of fees.(Certificate must be provided)

Note:

  • The discounts can be claimed one time only and cannot be claimed in unison with other eligible discounts.
  • The discounts also do not apply to extra optional courses/lessons.
  • Only one discount can be used at a time.

Tuition Fees (¥) for each term: 1 Term(3 Months)
Study Duration Fees(1 Term) Tuition Fees Total
1 Term ¥298,000 ¥298,000
2nd Term ¥258,000 ¥556,000
3rd Term ¥205,000 ¥761,000
4th Term ¥205,000 ¥966,000
5th Term ¥205,000 ¥1,171,000
6th Term ¥205,000 ¥1,376,000
7th Term ¥205,000 ¥1,581,000
8th Term ¥205,000 ¥1,786,000
  • Fees do not include the cost of Textbooks(It is possible to purchase after you have entered your class)
  • The cost of applying for a Student Visa is ¥22,000

AJSP Optional Lesson Fees

Option Tuition Fees
A:Private Lesson 1 Lesson ¥4,000
B:JBPP (Japanese for Business & Professional Purposes) 45 Lessons ¥85,500

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Visa Information

The kind of visa that students coming from overseas will need to apply for largely depends on how long they wish to study for. Please refer to the table below to find out the visa that best suits your situation.

I want to study for The type of visa you should get is a
Longer than 90 days Student visa or working holiday visa. Please download the necessary documents for a student visa. (Recommended)
A maximum of 90 days Short term stay visa* (one term) or working holiday visa. Please make sure to contact your local Japanese consulate/embassy to see what requirements are needed for either one of these visas as these visas are divided into 15, 30 and 90 day categories depending on the type of passport you have.

Note: In 2014, the Japanese government granted exemptions to a group of 67 countries in regards to applying for short term visas; meaning that residents of these countries are better able to enter Japan.
For further information regarding whether or not you qualify for any of the two visas listed above or if you currently hold or will apply for a different type of visa to those listed above, please contact the admissions department at YAMASA via e-mail at admissions@yamasa.org or via telephone at 81 (0)564-55-8111.

Application

Congratulations! By choosing to study at YAMASA, you have taken the first step towards improving your Japanese language skills!
The next step that you will need to take is to start the application process.

Questions

Please feel free to contact us via e-mail at admissions@yamasa.org or to call us on +81 (0)564-55-8111.
We aim to reply to all inquiries within 24 hours (excluding Japanese Public Holidays).