The Yamasa Institute is dedicated to excellence in teaching and scholarship. As one of the very few truly international Japanese language program providers, we have a special emphasis on cross-cultural learning and informed respect for diversity. However the key reason why the center has become a pacesetter in Japanese language education is not the campus facilities, affordable tuition fees or student housing, but the central role played by one of the more highly qualified, gifted, experienced and professional teaching faculties in Japan. A considerable number of the Institute's teaching faculty, as well as the administrative staff, have spent a considerable amount of time studying and working outside their home countries. The first priority of the Yamasa faculty is team teaching. Beyond the classroom, the faculty members are always available to advise and assist students. It is these same faculty members who provide the unequaled one-on-one academic counseling that underpins the success of Yamasa's student body. The multilingual administrative staff also have extensive international experience and work closely with faculty. Their assistance always extends way beyond regular office hours and they always have the student's needs as their first and foremost priority. Distinguishing features of Yamasa's administrative staff include the fast response speed and the extra effort made to assist student's 'acclimatization' to Japan. The collaborative work enhances your language skills and rapid rate of progress. It also assures you of an excellent chance of success in your chosen profession, admission to Japanese universities or graduate schools, or obtaining credits for transfer to your home university. Our goal is to solely to assist you. We are immensely proud of the skills and professionalism available here and will continue to work hard in assisting the faculty and administrative staff help you. ■The advantages of studying at Yamasa - Smaller class sizes At Yamasa the maximum class size is 16 students. The year round average is just under 10 students per class. This ensures that there is not only better student/teacher interaction, but that the difference in language proficiency between students in each class is significantly less than in other schools. - Intensive We offer higher levels of intensity. Yamasa offers more classes per week and more classes per year (900-1050 depending on the program instead of the usual 800-820) than any other school. We offer more classes and more intensity because our students know that the opportunity to study in Japan may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and they want to be sure they will achieve fluency. - Professional Faculty Only the best teachers and instructors join our faculty. All of our academic staff are highly experienced and fully qualified teachers of Japanese as a second language. Many of our staff have also taught Japanese abroad, either on Yamasa academic exchanges around the world or prior to their joining Yamasa. Supporting the students and academic staff is a multi-lingual and highly experienced administration able to make your life easier from enrolment to graduation. - Teaching Teams Yamasa uses an unusual format known as team teaching - with teams of 4-5 faculty members per class. It ensures that you receive a variety of teaching styles. - Academic Advisors Every single student at Yamasa receives individual attention from a designated academic advisor. This means that as you progress through your studies you always have one faculty member advising you who has a very detailed knowledge of your needs and aspirations. - Genuinely International Student Body Yamasa is one of the few schools with an admissions policy that emphasizes the importance of a diverse student intake - and perhaps the only one that consistently maintains it. Diversity is essential for successful language training. Yamasa students come from all over the world. Japanese is usually the only medium they can communicate to each other in. It is more than just the language of instruction - it rapidly becomes the language of communication. The result is a dynamic group of people from many different cultural backgrounds, with very different experiences and outlooks - but all seeking to discover both Japan and themselves in an unusually stimulating academic environment. - High University Placement Rate All of our courses are academically oriented. The Yamasa programs stress all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Rapid progress in the language encourages students to make the most of their developing fluency. You will soon find yourself rigorously preparing for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Every year, many of our students seeking University or College positions are successful. Many universities accept Yamasa graduates on our recommendation. - A Wide Selection of YAMASA Owned Accommodation Guaranteed, at low cost, and within walking distance of the campus. A low cost/low stress lifestyle unequalled by any other school. Students (especially with families) who come to Japan generally find obtaining good convenient housing a real headache. Most students cannot afford high rents and end up living in substandard housing and have long train or subway commutes. Many institutions rely heavily on private vendors for accomodation. By comparison Yamasa has its own (not leased) student housing within easy walking distance of the campus. Every student who enrolls in Yamasa is guaranteed appropriate, safe, affordable student housing. - Homestay Program We provide homestays and home visit opportunities to increase your conversational fluency and cultural understanding. The lower price of land in Okazaki results in larger houses than in Tokyo or Osaka. Not only are higher quality homestays easier to obtain but also Yamasa invests a lot of energy into the Homestay program. The homestays give you not only the opportunity to practice your language skills and intimately experience the culture, it also provides a priceless chance to communicate across cultures and make long lasting friendships. - Lower Expenses The Institute is non-profit and its high quality courses are delivered at cost. The fact is that there is no need whatsoever to pay Tokyo rents or Osaka prices in order to study in Japan. Located conveniently in the historic central part of Japan, YAMASA and Okazaki offer not only quality but also affordability.
All the people really took care of oneself in every aspect. I also heard from others, like in moment of accident and sickness they accompanied the student in every moment / translation. They care about your ideas, wishes and expectations. They... more
Whether you are a student, a business professional, or a traveler, there is a language course in Okazaki that is right for you. There are Japanese courses available for all fluency levels, ages and time durations. Just select a course type from the list below to get started.
General Japanese courses are for adults who want to improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Japanese. Most general Japanese courses are for adults age 16 and up. 2 - 48 week courses available. Most courses average 30 classes per week.