Doing my New Year’s cleaning, I discovered this link buried in my ‘look into later’ pile, and remembered that it had once been my intention to make a more comprehensive list of language schools for Japanese study in Japan that were open to anyone (not just study abroad affiliates).
Granted, I only have experience with the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, so I cannot personally evaluate any others we may list, but at the very least we at Shinpai Deshou can help track them down and talk about them in brief based on their sites. I will say that this program has come recommended by several acquaintances.
The Yamasa school is a program administered by the Hattori Foundation. Located in Okazaki, Aichi prefecture (not far from Nagoya), the school appears to offer flexible courses for short and long-term intensive study.
For those aiming at an extended period stay (requiring a student visa), there are two start dates, April and October, and four possible start dates that do not require a visa– April, July, October, and January. Shorter term study periods can be arranged flexibly for 2 to 12 weeks.
According to Yamasa’s website, students must be 18 years of age, but there is no maximum age limit. The coursework also varies from Japanese language and culture programs and cultural experience programs to advanced academic Japanese and business/professional Japanese, which suggests that the program can be used for either students just getting started as well as profession-specific goals that may be more demanding.
There appear to be a number of accommodations available through the program, which is useful for those people who have never been to Japan, may be on a budget, or only which to do a short-term stay. The website lists detailed information on the cost of their facilities as well as the costs of the coursework, which is nice to know up front based on your individual needs.
One of the benefits to this program seems to be the variety of coursework available to fit specific goals (also one of the reasons there’s no point in listing all of the details here!), but having no personal experience with the program, I’ll leave it to you readers to check it out if you’re interested.
Has anybody used this program? If so, let us know your thoughts on it via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in the comments below! Have another program to recommend? We’d love to hear about it!