IAY International Academy Japanese Language School

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July 2023
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IAY International Academy Japanese Language School
  • Recommended for Westerners

    The school’s curriculum has accounted for students who need more time and support to learn Kanji, etc. Not a feature of this school.

  • 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. Not a feature of this school.

  • 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.

  • Apartments Available

    This school introduces private apartments.

  • Homestay Available

    This school introduceslocal Japanese families where students can live while studying.

  • 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

The IAY International Academy was founded in 1969 and is the oldest Japanese language school in Hokkaido. The school is conveniently located downtown and is directly connected to the Odori Subway Station as well as a major shopping mall, with many stores and restaurants in the surrounding area, making it convenient for both access and living. The location is also only a 1-minute walk to the park where the annual Snow Festival is held in February every year, where students can enjoy the wonderful scenery of the snow country with the indigenous people of the land. In addition to the Japanese language course, the school also offers Japanese teacher training courses, as well as language & conversation courses in English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish to students from 2 years old to middle school. In this way, the IAY International Academy is an educational agency that has gained the trust and reputation from the local people who send their children to receive language instruction, and the international students enjoy the many opportunities to interact with local people in addition to their fellow international students, making for a memorable and conducive Japanese language learning environment.
Total Number of Students: 70
Class Size: Average 10 students
School Staff Support Languages: English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Nepali
Enrolment Terms: April, July, October, January
Minimum Course Duration: Short Term: 1 week
Long Term: 1 year 3 months

Main Features

Multi-facetted student support system
The Academy provides coordination in serveral languages such as Chinese, Korean, and English in the Day 1 Orientation Session, in life abroad counselling sessions, and other student-support areas. Both counselors and previous students give detailed explanations and accompany new students as they go through various administrative procedures such as permanent residence registration, varoius procedures at the Immigration Department, registration of operating permits, as well as during extracurricular activities.
The school stands behind students and supports their preparation for entering university, with specialized studying materials available at the library as well as valuable information provided in information sessions, resulting in a high percentage of students succeeding in passing the admission exams and going on to study in the universities of their choice. For those students who are seeking employment post-graduation, the school actively introduces opportunities and companies to students.
Intimate class setting
The school limits the number of students in each class to an average of 10 people. Classes are divided into varying levels so that students are comfortable and the teaching is most effective. This small class allows for many opportunties to communicate and share information between the students and teacher as well as between students. As a result, students demonstrate improved Japanese conversartional abilities and the classroom envinroment is both comfortable and friendly.
There are many course options for students to match their personal aspirations such as going to college, applying for jobs, preparing for their working holiday with the necessary knowledge such as academic Japanese, business style Japanese, project work, learning kanji, etc. In addition, the school offers Japanese teacher training courses and tutoring courses for all subjects without age restriction.
Many enriched activities
The school provides many opportunities to practice everyday Japanese through practical shopping activities, interviewing local people, visiting farms, breweries and fire fighting centers, participating in the Lilac Sapporo Festival, Kimono events, giving presentations, pinics at the park, and other activities where students interact directly with local people.

School Location

This school is located in center district and close to Susukino area, which is known as one of Japanese famous amusement district. Additionally, you also have a nice access to not only daily convenient facilities such as 7-11, McDonald's , and other fast food places, but also a botanical garden and Cultural Arts Theater. The nearest station of the IAY Ischool is the Odori Station, which is located near many famous attractions of Sapporo such as the TV Tower, Clock Tower and the large Odori park.

Nearest Train Station: Odori Station (2-minute walk)
Nearest Bus Stop: Sapporo Odori Bus Stop (2-minute walk)

Available Courses

  • Course for Student Visa
  • Transfer Course

Course for Student Visa

Course Description

This course is for students wishing to proceed to a higher education institution such as a university, a graduate school or a technical school in Japan. Students also have cultural activities and field trips so they can become accustomed to Japanese society through the activities.

The following courses are available in Fukuoka

  • 1

    2-year course

  • 2

    1 year and 9 months course

  • 3

    1 year and 6 months course

  • 4

    1 year and 3 months course

Enrolment Periods & Duration

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

Late November

July 1 year 9 months Early February

Late February

October 1 year 6 months Early May

Late May

January 1 Year 3 months Early August

Late August

Morning or afternoon classes (depending on Japanese level):

  • Morning classes are held from 8:50 to 12:10 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 12:50 to 16:10 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives


    Classes for those who wish to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test


    Classes for those who wish to pass the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students test


    Guidance staff will consult with you about colleges and universities for your further studies and will give you advice for exams


    Regular exams to monitor your Japanese level


    Enjoy exciting Field Trips and Workshops such as visiting Sapporo Snow Festival

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
1 Year 3 months ¥693,000
1 year 6 months ¥831,600
1 year 9 months ¥970,200
2 years ¥1,108,800

Other fees
Screening fee ¥22,000
Enrollment fee ¥77,000
Student Insurance ¥12,500 (1 year 3 months)
¥15,000 (1 year 6 months)
¥17,000 (1 year 9 months)
¥20,000 (2 years)
Extra Expenses ¥90,750 (1 year 3 months)
¥108,900 (1 year 6 months)
¥127,050 (1 year 3 months)
¥145,200 (2 years)

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

Transfer Course

Course Description

Students can transfer classes which suit them by taking placement tests. It offers three different Japanese language levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Students that possess one of the following visas can pursue their studies up to 2 years: Dependent’s Visa/Spouse of a Japanese National visa/Permanent Residents.

Enrolment Periods & Duration

Intake Application Deadline

4 weeks before intake


Morning or afternoon classes (depending on Japanese level):

  • Morning classes are held from 8:50-12:10 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 12:50 to 16:10 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives


    Classes for those who wish to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test


    Classes for those who wish to pass the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students test


    This course offers different levels for beginner, intermediate and advanced students


    Able to extend the course up to 2 years

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
10 weeks ¥185,000
20 weeks ¥370,000

* 20% discount on the tuition fee for:

  • Dependent
  • Permanent Resident
  • Spouse or Child of Japanese National
  • Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident
  • Long-Term Resident

Other fees
Enrollment fee ¥10,000
Textbooks approx. ¥5,000

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

Student Demographics







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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

  • 24-Hour
    Emergency Assistance

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