The Tokyo International Japanese School was founded in 1983, and has gained a reputation over its 40-year development with over 15,000 students from over 100 countries having studied here.
The academy is located conveniently in Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s major commercial and cultural hubs, making it convenient for studying as well as living. Despite the school being in Shinjuku, which is known for being bustling and faced-paced, TIJS is located in a pleasant and quieter part of east Shinjuku, 5 minutes away from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, a beautiful and peaceful area with sakura trees, ponds & bridges, and plenty of paths throughout for walking and relaxing.
At the academy, the international student population come from various countries, ages and walks of life, and include not only those who plan to enter universities and graduate schools, but also short-term researchers, company & state employees working and living with host families in Japan, as well as students who are married and currently living in Japan.
The overall feeling of the school is one clean and bright classrooms, courteous students from many countries all studying together, and staff who are kind, know each student and where they are from, and are always ready to help.
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The school is located right in the commercial & cultural center of Shinjuku, Tokyo city, a 7-minute walk from Shinjuku station and a 2-minute walk from Shinjuku San-chome subway station and Shinjuku Gyoen Mae Station. The is nestled among many shopping & business centers and shops, very close to Shinjuku Gyoen, a wide national park where you can witness famous cherry blossoms.
Despite being centrally located, the school itself is in a quieter area of Shinjuku, yet still surrounded by restaurants, cafes, convenience stores and more.
With students coming from over 30 countries at any time, including France, Taiwan, Vietnam, Switzerland, Morocco, Spain, etc., the atmosphere is one with many students studying together harmoniously while making friends from all over the world.
Excellent and experienced teachers
All staff and teachers are native Japanese speakers who are also fluent in other languages such as English, French, Chinese, and Korean, and can listen to and sympathize with students should they have any issues in their student life abroad in Japan. Even if it’s the first time to come to Japan, students can feel comfortable & secure in both life and study.
In addition to their professionalism, the staff at this school are notably friendly, and seem to know each student individually.
High visa acceptance rate
Since its establishment, with 40 years of experience, the school thoroughly checks the records of its international students to ensure it is complete and sufficient for smoothly obtaining the visa necessary. As a result, the school is highly regarded by the Immigration Department and is one of the standard destinations for students studying abroad.
Flexible start dates for short term students
This school allows students to flexibly choose when to start classes down to the week, which is very convenient so that you can plan the other aspects of your trip to Japan with freedom and ease.
1 year for long-term students, 1 week for short-term
70% from French-speaking countries (France, Switzerland, Morocco, etc.), some Spanish-speaking countries; 30% from Vietnam, Taiwan, and China
English, French, Taiwanese-Mandarin, Vietnamese, Korean
This course is the school’s main program, which is geared toward preparing students for further study at college or university in Japan.
In this way, it takes an academic approach, though also invaluable for those who are seeking direct employment in Japan after graduating as well.
Students who take the Long-term Course do not study with Short-term students, as this program has a different focus.
The major enrollment periods for this program are:
January: 1 year and 3 months program
April: 1 year* and 2 years program
July: 1 year and 9 months program
October: 1 year and 3 months program
*The 1-year program does grant you a graduation certificate, but rather a certificate of completion. Official graduation requires study of 1 year and 3 months or more.
(This is common among many schools).
At each of the start dates above, special classes for complete beginners will be provided, to ensure that you can read and write in hiragana & katakana.
This program is usually provided in the afternoons.
In October and November, the school provides Interview Practice for college & university enrollment.
This program also designates 2 weeks of specialized training to prepare students for the JLPT and EJU Japanese language tests.
General / Short Term Course
This program is suitable for anyone who is planning on coming to Japan on a Short-term Visa or Working-Holiday Visa, and study for up to 6 months.
Because of the shorter duration of study, this comprehensive course focuses on Japanese for immediate and more practical use while in Japan.
It is completely fine for complete beginners to join this program.
This program can be joined from any week.
It is recommended that complete beginners enroll from the terms in January, April, July, August, and October, as this is when specialized beginner-level classes will be given, ensuring that you understand how to read and write hiragana & katakana.
Kanji Class (free)
TIJS provides this class every day from 12:30 for free to all students.
This program is offered in July and August for 2 months.
The curriculum is similar to the General / Short Term Course, but with a full schedule of activities provided every day.
This program is typically offered around the end of January to the beginning of February for 2 weeks.
The curriculum is similar to the General / Short Term Course, focusing on learning essential vocabulary for use in daily conversation, and like the summer course, features a full schedule of activities provided every day.