Fulltime course

We are accepting applicants for 2024 the spring.

This course is recommended for those who want to intensively study Japanese and is for those who want to go to post-secondary education and or for those who want to get jobs.
Each class has 4 lessons a day (1 lesson=50min) from Monday through Friday (800 hours a year). Student will learn speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a well- balanced manner and acquire Japanese proficiency, while at the same time cultivating the understanding of Japanese cultural background, such as Japanese lifestyle and social circumstances, build stronger Japanese language proficiency while valuing connections with the community, such as field trips, speech contests, disaster drills, health check up, cultural exchange party, and going to and interacting with near by old folks’ home and or schools.
The big characteristic of this course is the diversity. People that come to learn Japanese, People of different ages, and with different cultural backgrounds come together to learn here at this school. Each class is also a small class that is still suitable for improving Japanese proficiency and communication ability. All teachers know and support all the students in a homely atmosphere.

Outline of the course

AdmissionApril, October
Period of StudyOne year ( 800 class hours )
Days & HoursMonday – Friday ,4 lessons a day ( 1 lesson = 50min )
Morning course 9:00-12:35 / Afternoon course 1:30-5:05
Qualification for AdmissionCompletion of 12 or more years of formal school
education or equivalent.
Tuition and fees758,000yen (one year)
*Fees can be paid in two parts


Class hours (each class : 6 months / 400 hours)
LevelElementaryIntermediatePre-Advanced Advanced
ObjectiveLearn basic sentence patterns.Be able to engage in daily conversationsLearn more advanced grammar.
Be able to have a conversation based on the situation
Develop broad vocabulary and expressions. Be able to talk according to the situation.Build comprehensive communication skills
ActivitiesSpeech contest, Friendship party, Field-trip, Interview with Japanese people

Period of Application

2024 Spring course2024 Autumn course
Start accepting applicationSeptember 1, 2023April 1,2024
Submission of application deadline (Applicants from abroad)November 9, 2023May 17,2024
Submission of application deadline (Applicants in Japan)March 26, 2024October 3,2024
Start of classApril 4,2024October 10,2024

*Visitors in Japan whose visa status is that of “Temporary visitor” or those who have no visa status (Visa Exemption Agreement) also can apply during the same period as applicants from abroad.
*The number of applicants is limited, once the applications reach the limit, the application period will be closed.
*Those who reside in Japan with a certain status of residence can only apply as applicants in Japan.

Admission procedure


Admission procedure Applicants from abroad -> Click here
Application Documents Applicants from abroad -> Click here
Applicants in Japan -> Click here 
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Admission information







  • For the applicants from abroad, the screening will be conducted on the basis of the documents submitted through and with the guarantor.
  • For the applicants in Japan there will be an interview held for them as well as their guarantor. (a placement test will be required.)
  • Once the results come through, they will be notified to the guarantor.

Other Information

Student discount on transportation
For the students in the fulltime course that are taking the Nagoya City Bus & Subway, Meitetsu-line, Kintetsu-line and JR-line, they will be able to buy a pass with a student discount.
If the student travels by train or bus further than 100km each way, he or she will be issued a “student fare discount certificate” with 20% off their tickets.

National Health Insurance・National Pension Insurance
*For anyone that plans to stay in Japan for more than a year, they will be able to receive the National Health Insurance, if they apply. Then they will only have to pay 30% of their medical expenses. YWCA recommends that students join the National Health Insurance Program to cover medical costs. The application can be made at the Ward Office of his/her residence.
*For people who are 20 or over must enter the National Pension Insurance. YWCA supports a program that while students are taking the fulltime course, they will be able to postpone the payment to the National Pension Insurance, if they apply.

Living Accommodation
Since the NAGOYA YWCA does not have a dormitory, students should ask the guarantor or a friend to assist them in finding suitable housing.

Class overview

J1 (Elementary)

DescriptionsThis level is designed for students to acquire basic Japanese skills for speaking, listening, reading and writing, so that students may be able to use sentence structures accurately, to engage themselves in daily conversations, and also to master as many as 300 kanji.
Pronunciation, Listening, Listening comprehension, Particle practice, Kanji, Test
Conversation,Reading comprehension, Vocabulary, Composition

J2 (Intermediate)

DescriptionsThis level aims at enabling students to have a good grip on grammar and its function, so that they can have a solid foundation for advanced Japanese.
In this level students are taught to appropriately use Japanese by situational conversation practices, intensive reading and aural comprehension.
Students are expected to learn as many as 800 kanji.
Listening comprehension, Listening, Particle practice, Kanji, Test
Grammar, Reading comprehension, Composition
Speed reading, Conversation, Vocabulary

J3 (Pre-Advanced)

DescriptionsIn this level students are taught to expand vocabulary and expressions in longer and more complex sentence structures through various types of reading materials, so that students may be able to appropriately speak and write, and are expected to learn as many as 1500 kanji.
Kanji, Listening comprehension, Speech, Test
Reading comprehension Project workConversationGrammarReading comprehension

J4 (Advanced)

DescriptionsThis level aims at enabling students to develop their better-balanced language skills, so that students are expected to use Japanese flexibly and properly in a variety of situations.
Students are trained to read various kinds of materials such as essays, short stories and newspaper articles, and as well as making speeches and oral presentations.
Kanji, Speech, Test
Reading comprehension

Project workConversationProject workReading comprehension

Part-time course

There are various courses that are offered for through-out the year.
These courses are for those who resides in Japan with a residential status.

*Three-month course (twice a week) is recommend for those who aim to improve the students‘ communication skills in daily life, at work or at home within short period of time.

*Summer Intensive Course is for those who aim to intensively increase their Japanese Level during the summer vacation.

*JLPT Preparation course is designed for those who aim to take N1,N2 or N3 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. 

Three-month course (twice a week)
This course is for those who with a residential status and want to do lessons twice a week for three months (23 lessons/69 hours).
There are three terms: spring, fall and winter.
The course consists of classes for learners of different levels (beginner-advanced) and is designed to reach advanced level in about two years after studying Japanese from beginner level. Because the classes are small. there are more chances to become able to speak Japanese more naturally.
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Summer Intensive Course
This course is from the end of July to the end of August where you study intensively.
Because it is about one month course (5 times a week, Monday through Friday), those who have a “Temporary visitor” status may apply. the characteristic of this course is the diversity of the people who studied up till now, that want to study intensively during the summer or come to Japan and study.
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JLPT Preparation Course
This course is designed for those who aim to take the Japanese Language Proficiency
Test N1, N2 or N3 level. The schedule is made to match the JLPT.This class focuses on reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary.
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