ARC Academy – Tokyo Japanese Language School

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ARC Academy – Tokyo Japanese Language School
  • Recommended for Westerners

    The school’s curriculum has accounted for students who need more time and support to learn Kanji, etc.

  • Flexible Class Schedule

    You are able to request an AM or PM class schedule based on your needs. Not a feature of this school.

  • Wifi Available

    Rest assured that this school has wifi available.

  • Part-time Job Support

    This school introduces part-time job opportunities so you can work while studying.

  • Higher Education Counselling

    This school provides specialized counseling to prepare and apply to colleges and universities after graduation.

  • Career Support

    counsellors are available to provide specialized support for full-time employment after graduation.

  • Dormitories Available

    This school introduces affordable shared living spaces. Not a feature of this school.

  • Apartments Available

    This school introduces private apartments. Not a feature of this school.

  • Homestay Available

    This school introduceslocal Japanese families where students can live while studying. Not a feature of this school.

  • In-School Activities

    This school organizes regular interactive & cultural activities in the school.

  • Out-of-School Activities

    This school organizes out-of-school day-trips, excursions and events throughout the year.

  • Student Lounge

    Space outside of the classroom is available for students to interact casually and/or study.

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School Introduction

ARC Academy was established in 1986, originally for foreign business people wishing to learn Japanese. The meaning of “ARC” is “bridge to the world.” Ever since, the range of students has expanded from business people to foreign students, researchers, embassy officials, language teachers, trainees and long-term residents. Nowadays students from over fifty countries are studying together at ARC Academy. Arc Academy has 3 Japanese Language school campuses, 2 in Tokyo, and 1 in Kyoto, with around 670 international students from 50 different countries. As a group of professionals in the Japanese Language education field, ARC Academy staff conducts ongoing study of the most appropriate programs and lesson materials from the perspective of their students, in order to respond as best as possible to the changes in the world and the needs that come with it. And in order to cultivate communication skills and “the ability to think, ARC Academy approaches many different topics, such as society, culture and territory through their enriched classroom activities.
Total Number of Students: 670
Class Size: Up to 20 students
School Staff Support Languages: Japanese, English, German, Korean, Italian, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese
Minimum Course Duration: 3 months (short term)
6 months (long term)

Main Features

Large-scale, multinational environment
The school consists of 2 campuses in Tokyo in Lidabashi and Shinjuku, and 1 campus in Kyoto. With the number of international students from more than 50 different countries, most students share a common interest in Japanese social and cultural situation and desire to communicate with Japanese people. Therefore, in addition to its quality of teaching, the school also focuses on extracurricular exchanges to ensure students have a more complete experience, with developed soft skills and an authentic cultural exchange as part of the learning process.
Unique teaching system
All lecturers and staff are both experienced and dedicated, and always try their best provide effective instruction to their students. The system of courses is arranged appropriately not only by level but also by their unique purposes, based on students’ goals & challenges, including everything from core Japanese language study to University & Graduate exam courses, Business Japanese course, and more.
Complete support for students
The dormitory is within close proximity to the school and is safe & affordable for students, which is especially important for new students who have just arrived in Japan. For part-time work, the school has a dedicated job support center that provides information, advice and job placement to students. This is usually provided to students after the first 3 months of study so that students have acquired some experience daily life in Japan first before starting employment. In addition, the school has scholarship programs for students of excellent academic achievement, and offers financial support for students incurring medical treatment costs.
Private Lessons
ARC offers specialized private lessons for students with special needs or who want a flexible schedule. The teachers will arrange an individual curriculum for the student according to their goals and Japanese language level, and lessons are available off-site.

Students can take a trial lesson before starting the course. For more information, *contact us*.

School Location

Lidabashi station has 6 different lines that allows you have access to many places easily. Since this area has many supermarkets and restaurants, you will find this area friendly even for people residing in this area.

Nearest station: Lidabashi station (9-minute walk)

Available Courses

  • Standard Study Abroad Course
  • Intensive Course
  • Preparatory Classes
  • Business Japanese Class
  • Summer Course

Standard Study Abroad Course

Course Description

  • Campus: Tokyo (Iidabashi), Shinjuku, Kyoto
  • Requirement: Graduation from high school
  • Levels: Beginner to Advanced
  • Minimum Duration of Study: 6 months
  • Maximum Duration of Study: 2 Years

This course prepares you for various scenes in daily life and academic and business situations. It has a strong focus on developing communication skills through classroom activities and classwork. Students in this course will be evaluated and receive feedback based on a robust curriculum and assessment criteria. Details of coursework include: pronunciation, listening and reading comprehension, conversation, writing, understanding current events in Japan, and many more.

Students will enrol in a class according to their level of Japanese language achievement and study with peers for terms of 3 months each.

Enrolment Periods & Duration


Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
April 1 year / 2 years Early September

Mid November

July 1 year 9 months Early December

Late January

October 1 year 6 months Early March

Early May

January 1 Year 3 months Early June

Mid August

*Dates may change, for accurate information contact us.


Morning or afternoon classes (depending on availability):

  • Morning classes are held from 9:15 to 12:30 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 13:30 to 16:45 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives

  • OPTIONAL CLASSES

    Available only in Tokyo campus, for intermediate level or above. Optional classes are held 2 times a week and each have themes (about Japan / reading / listening) that help students achieve their personal goals.

    Examples of class content (differs according to term):
    ● About Japan: preparation for university & exams, job-seeking tips, history of Japan, learn business manners, learn Japanese with drama/J-pop/theater, visit Japanese schools.
    ● Reading: Reading exercises for JLPT or EJU preparation, reading academic papers, reading Japanese news articles and newspapers, read Japanese classics/novels/manga.
    ● Listening: Listening exercises for JLPT or EJU preparation, interview listening exercise, listening to news, conversation exercise.

  • OPTIONAL CLASSES FOR EXAM PREPARATION

    For intermediate level or above. Optional Classes for Exam Preparation is an additional class that is held twice a week during lunch break. It helps students wishing to take the JLPT or EJU exam to brush up on their skills and test-taking techniques.

    To take this special preparatory class, students pay an extra cost. For more information, *contact us*.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
6 Months ¥360,000
1 Year ¥720,000
1 Year 3 months ¥900,000
1 Year 6 months ¥1,080,000
1 Year 9 months ¥1,260,000
2 Years ¥1,440,000


Other fees
Screening fee ¥30,000
Enrollment fee ¥70,000
Textbooks Not included

Because our counselling service is free,
the tuition fees listed here will be the same as the school’s original tuition fees.

Intensive Course

Course Description

  • Campus: Tokyo (Iidabashi), Shinjuku, Kyoto
  • Requirement: Age 16 and above
  • Levels: Beginner to Fluent
  • Minimum duration of Study: 3 months (extendable)
  • Visa type: tourist visa, working visa, working holiday visa, dependent visa, spouse visa etc. (students are expected to apply and obtain a visa on their own)

This course follows the same curriculum for the Study Abroad Course, but students can choose to study from a short term of just 3 months, and is an ideal option for students who have a limited time. It helps students to build a strong base of Japanese language skills and understanding of Japanese culture and customs.

Enrolment Periods & Duration


Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
April 3 months Early September

Please Inquire

July Early December
October Early March
January Early June

*Dates may change, for accurate information contact us.


Morning or afternoon classes (depending on availability):

  • Morning classes are held from 9:15 to 12:30 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 13:30 to 16:45 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives

  • OPTIONAL CLASSES

    Available only in Tokyo campus, for intermediate level or above. Optional classes are held 2 times a week and each have themes (about Japan / reading / listening) that help students achieve their personal goals.

    Examples of class content (differs according to term):
    ● About Japan: preparation for university & exams, job-seeking tips, history of Japan, learn business manners, learn Japanese with drama/J-pop/theater, visit Japanese schools.
    ● Reading: Reading exercises for JLPT or EJU preparation, reading academic papers, reading Japanese news articles and newspapers, read Japanese classics/novels/manga.
    ● Listening: Listening exercises for JLPT or EJU preparation, interview listening exercise, listening to news, conversation exercise.

  • OPTIONAL CLASSES FOR EXAM PREPARATION

    For intermediate level or above. Optional Classes for Exam Preparation is an additional class that is held twice a week during lunch break. It helps students wishing to take the JLPT or EJU exam to brush up on their skills and test-taking techniques.

    To take this special preparatory class, students pay an extra cost. For more information, *contact us*.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
3 Months ¥180,000


Other fees
Enrollment fee ¥10,000
Textbooks Not included

Because our counselling service is free,
the tuition fees listed here will be the same as the school’s original tuition fees.

Preparatory Classes

Course Description

Special Preparatory Class for University

  • Campus: Tokyo (Iidabashi)
  • Requirement:
    ★ Having completed (or expect to complete) high school in home country.
    ★ 16 years of age or older.
    ★ Japanese language level equivalent to N5 or higher for the 2 years course.
    ★ Japanese language level equivalent to N4 or higher for the 1 year 6 months course.
  • Visa type: Student Visa
  • This course is for students wishing to enter a Japanese university. The entrance requirements for this class are demanding and the class size is kept small, because it aims to foster academic skills as well as focus on individual students to provide personal feedback on interviews and essays. Students will have individualized curricula to reach their goals and academic path / career development sessions to guide them to a wider range of opportunities.

    The course runs through the whole Japanese academic year, allowing students to take EJU twice and apply to both private and national / public universities.

    Students in this course can have mock exams and interviews to help them prepare for competitive university entrance exams.

    Special Preparatory Class for Graduate Schools

    • Campus: Tokyo (Iidabashi)
    • Requirement:
      ★ Have a Bachelor’s Degree. (graduation from undergraduate program)
      ★ Have a clear plan of the study they want to pursue.
      ★ Have sufficient Japanese language ability, which can be measured in these forms: pass JLPT N1 level; or pass the ARC entrance exam. (equivalent to JLPT N1 level)
      ★ Pass the ARC entrance exam. (written exam and interview)
    • Visa type: Student Visa
    • Maximum Class size: 20

    This course is specially designed for students wishing to enter a graduate school in Japan. The personalized curriculum helps students prepare academic Japanese, skills for making research plans and collecting data for dissertation. Students will also prepare for entrance examinations, including oral and written presentations. After entrance exams, they will also prepare for their graduate programs by practicing presentations and written reports.

    Students will receive individual career support.

Enrolment Periods & Duration

Special Preparatory Class for University

Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
April 2 years Early September

Please Inquire

October 1 year 6 months Early March

*Dates may change, for accurate information contact us.


Morning or afternoon classes (depending on availability):

  • Morning classes are held from 9:15 to 12:30 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 13:30 to 16:45 (Monday to Friday)


Special Preparatory Class for Graduate Schools

Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
April 1 year Early September

Please Inquire

July 9 monts Early December

*Dates may change, for accurate information contact us.


Morning or afternoon classes (depending on availability):

  • Morning classes are held from 9:15 to 12:30 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 13:30 to 16:45 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives

  • OPTIONAL CLASSES FOR EXAM PREPARATION

    For intermediate level or above. Optional Classes for Exam Preparation is an additional class that is held twice a week during lunch break. It helps students wishing to take the JLPT or EJU exam to brush up on their skills and test-taking techniques.

    To take this special preparatory class, students pay an extra cost. For more information, *contact us*.

Tuition Fees

Special Preparatory Class for University

Tuition fees
2 Years ¥1,520,000
1 Year 6 months ¥1,140,000


Other fees
Screening fee ¥30,000
Enrollment fee ¥70,000
Textbooks Not included


Special Preparatory Class for Graduate Schools

Tuition fees
9 Months ¥540,000


Other fees
Screening fee ¥30,000
Enrollment fee ¥70,000
Textbooks Not included

Because our counselling service is free,
the tuition fees listed here will be the same as the school’s original tuition fees.

Business Japanese Class

Course Description

  • Campus: Tokyo (Iidabashi)
  • Minimum duration of Study: 6 months (extendable)
  • Requirement:
    ★ Graduation from university
    ★ For students who want to work in Japan or work for a Japanese company overseas
    ★ Have sufficient Japanese language ability, which can be measured in these forms: pass JLPT N2 level; or pass the ARC entrance exam (equivalent to JLPT N2 level)
    ★ Pass the ARC entrance exam (written essay and interview)
    ★ Essay (minimum 400 characters)
    ★ Interview
  • Visa type: Student Visa
  • Maximum Class size: 20

The course is for students wishing to work in Japan or in a Japanese company. The first 3 months focuses on skills to find jobs in Japan, including resume writing skills, interview manners and basic e-mail writing, as well as analyzing companies in Japan to understand business situations. The second 3 months focus on practical training to prepare for business scenes. This includes business conversations, making documents, developing presentation skills and acquiring business manners.

Students will register for job searching databases, which allows them to look for jobs while learning in the course. Students will also prepare for exams and job interviews with their peers and teachers on a regular basis.

Students will receive advice from teachers with experience and support regarding internship opportunities, and attend business-related seminars and subjects.

Enrolment Periods & Duration

Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
April 1 year Early September

Please Inquire

*Dates may change, for accurate information contact us.


Morning classes.:

  • Classes are held from 9:15 to 12:30 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives

  • OPTIONAL CLASSES FOR EXAM PREPARATION

    For intermediate level or above. Optional Classes for Exam Preparation is an additional class that is held twice a week during lunch break. It helps students wishing to take the JLPT or EJU exam to brush up on their skills and test-taking techniques.

    To take this special preparatory class, students pay an extra cost. For more information, *contact us*.

Tuition Fees

Students who need a student visa

Tuition fees
6 Months ¥360,000
1 Year ¥720,000


Other fees
Screening fee ¥30,000
Enrollment fee ¥70,000
Textbooks Not included


Students who do not need a student visa

Tuition fees
6 Months ¥360,000
1 Year ¥720,000


Other fees
Enrollment fee ¥10,000
Textbooks Not included

Because our counselling service is free,
the tuition fees listed here will be the same as the school’s original tuition fees.

Summer Course

Course Description

Summer Course

  • Campus: Shinjuku, Kyoto
  • Requirement: Age 16 and older.
  • Levels: Beginner to Advanced
  • 1 month course
  • 2 month course
  • 3 month course

This intensive yet exciting summer school takes place in the bustling centre of Shinjuku. It combines Japanese language classes with sightseeing and cultural experience. Students will be placed in classes according to their Japanese language skills, and with their peers, they will build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Students will have opportunities to go on excursions on weekends with the school staff, such as visiting trending museums or going to the maid cafes, having that unique Japanese subcultural experience, as well as trying traditional culture such as tea ceremonies.
* Activities are subject to change.

Enrolment Periods & Duration


Intake Duration Course End Application Deadline
Early July 1 Month Early August

Approx. 3 weeks prior to start

2 Months Late August
3 Months Late September

*Dates may change, for accurate information contact us.


Morning or afternoon classes (depending on availability):

  • Morning classes are held from 9:15 to 12:30 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 13:15 to 16:30 (Monday to Friday)

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
1 Month Course

Please Inquire

2 Months Course
3 Months Course


Other fees
Registration fee None
Textbooks Not included

Because our counselling service is free,
the tuition fees listed here will be the same as the school’s original tuition fees.

Student Demographics

China

65%

UK & Europe

10%

Vietnam

6%

Southeast Asia

6%

North America

5%

Russia

3%

Australia & New Zealand

1%

Mexico, Central & South America

1%

Other

2%

Our Free Services

We aim to support all students who are interested in coming to Japan to study & live.
For this reason, we provide all of these services at not cost to you.
  • School & Visa
    Application Support

  • Free Japanese
    Language Lessons

  • Accommodation
    Setup

  • 24-Hour
    Emergency Assistance

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