Course Information

Course Information

Akita Japanese Language Institute offers two types of courses.

Long-term Course (with student visa)

A Japanese language study course lasting from one year and six months to two years, upon obtaining a student visa. By the end of the course, you will have studied up to an advanced level, acquiring Japanese that can be used not only for conversation in daily life, but also for pursuing higher education and finding employment. The course starts in April and October.

Short-term Course

This course is for students staying in Japan who do not have a study abroad visa. Those who live in Japan with a spouse visa or who are visiting Japan for a short period of time, etc. can learn Japanese for a period of one to three months.

Please contact us for the schedule of the course.


There are seven class levels from beginner to advanced, allowing you to study according to your Japanese ability. You will acquire comprehensive Japanese proficiency by studying daily conversation, reading and writing, and preparing for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (beginner-intermediate level and above).

Level Attainment Target JLPT Equivalent Study Time
BeginnerⅠ You will become able to talk, read and write about basic and familiar everyday situations. You will also learn to read and write hiragana, katakana, and 150 kanji. N5 200 hours
BeginnerⅡ You will acquire the basics of Japanese and become able to have simple conversations and understand sentences about familiar matters. You will also learn to read and write about 300 kanji. N4 200 hours
Beginner-intermediate You will become able to talk and write about everyday topics in a cohesive manner by making use of what you learned in the Beginner class. N3 200 hours
IntermediateⅠ You will acquire a wide range of vocabulary and knowledge about daily matters, culture, and customs, and become able to express your thoughts and opinions. N3~N2 200 hours
IntermediateⅡ You will become able to understand social topics from everyday topics to news and have conversations and exchange opinions. You will acquire Japanese proficiency equivalent to JLPT N2. N2 200 hours
Intermediate-advanced You will become able to understand abstract topics and continue conversations, as well as logically compose and write sentences on various topics. N2~N1 200 hours
Advanced You will acquire sufficient Japanese ability to handle various topics and situations using fluent and natural Japanese. You will also be capable of pursuing higher education such as at the university level. N1 400 hours


20 hours a week (4 lessons a day lasting 45 minutes each)
Monday-Friday (morning or afternoon class)

Morning class

1st hour 9:00~9:45
2nd hour 9:50~10:35
3rd hour 10:45~11:30
4th hour 11:35~12:20

Afternoon class

1st hour 13:10~13:55
2nd hour 14:00~14:45
3rd hour 14:55~15:40
4th hour 15:45~16:30


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Annual schedule

  • Entrance Ceremony (April students)
  • Freshman orientation
  • Ohanami (Cherry-blossom viewing)
  • Entrance Ceremony
  • Golden week
  • Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
  • Summer vacation
  • Kanto Festival
Kanto Festival
  • Off-campus learning (sea, mountains, etc.)
  • Periodic examination
  • Off-campus learning
  • Entrance Ceremony (October students)
  • Freshman orientation
  • School festival
  • Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
  • Periodic examination
  • Winter vacation
  • On-campus speech contest
  • Off-campus learning (skiing, etc.)
  • Off-campus learning
  • Periodic examination
  • Graduation ceremony
  • Spring vacation