ISI Takadanobaba & Ikebukuro

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April 2023
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ISI Takadanobaba & Ikebukuro
  • 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.

  • 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

ISI's first campus was established in 1992 in Nagano, and over the years ISI has grown to become one of Japan's largest Japanese language schools, opening another 4 schools in Tokyo and one in Kyoto, reaching over 3,000 students from over 110 countries. The ISI group also opened a university in Tokyo (Beijing Language and Culture University), as well as 2 vocational schools, one in Tokyo (Tokyo Business and Language College) and another in Nagano (Nagano Business and Language College). Opened in 2006, The Takadanobaba School campus is Japan’s largest multinational Japanese language school, and its main focus is to prepare students to go into difficult to enter universities and graduate schools. The Ikebukuro School opened in 2002 and is located in the same building as Tokyo Business and Language College (TBL) where Japanese students are enrolled, so students have the opportunity to learn practical Japanese and interact with students attending TBL. Ikebukuro’s main focus is to prepare those who are interested in entering a vocational school in Japan.
Total Number of Students: Takadanobaba - 2,600
Ikebukuro - 400
Class Size: 15 - 20
School Staff Support Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Japanese
School Intensity: Medium-High
Enrolment Terms: January, April, July, October
Minimum Course Duration: 2 Weeks

Main Features

Unique education system
In a fun atmosphere, with the use of original teaching materials in the beginner classes, and with a communication-oriented approach, the system aims to help students say what they want to say.
Practice Japanese with extracurricular activities
ISI regularly offers a wide range of activities where students not only experience Japanese culture, but also other cultures at the same time while improving their overall Japanese language skills.
Full support for peace of mind from enrollment to graduation
Professional staff will support students from the start to graduation in multiple languages, as well as providing career guidance according to each student’s needs and progress.
Latest facilities and equipment
The schools are equipped with study rooms, a library, a student lounge, a café, a Japanese-style room (Takadanobaba only), and a prayer room (Takadanobaba only).
Diverse global learning environment
With students from over 110 countries and regions around the world, students will have the chance to come in contact with multiple different cultures and values.
Certified by external organizations
In 2017 ISI received the grand prize at the Study Star Awards which is said to be the Academy awards for the study abroad industry. Also obtained certification under the international ISO29991: 2014.

School Location

Takadanobaba Campus


Located near the famous Waseda University, the area is filled with budget stores like Izakaya, bars,cafes and karaoke to cater to the many students living in this bustling neighborhood.

Nearest station (Main Building): Takadanobaba station (3-minute walk)

Nearest station (Annex): Takadanobaba station (1-minute walk)



Ikebukuro Campus


One of Tokyo’s most dynamic neighborhoods, combining both Shinjuku’s commercial atmosphere and Akihabara’s pop-culture environment, creating a place for those interested in fashion, anime and electronics.

Address: 1-13-13 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest station: Ikebukuro Station (6-minute walk)


Available Courses

  • Academic Japanese - Long Term
  • General Japanese - Short Term
  • Summer Course (Takadanobaba Campus Only)

Academic Japanese - Long Term

Course Description

This course is aimed at those who wish to enter university or college. The elective classes are tailored to help students achieve their career goals, and a special class at Takadanobaba campus for those who plan to enter top universities.

Enrolment Periods & Duration


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

Mid October

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



Morning or afternoon classes (depending on availability):

  • Morning classes are held from 8:50 to 12:00 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 13:00 to 16:10 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives

  • JLPT PREPARATION CLASS

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

  • EJU PREPARATION CLASS

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

  • PRACTICAL CONVERSATION CLASS

    Participate in role-play and other activities to improve conversation skills

  • GRADUATE SCHOOL PATHWAY CLASS (Takadanobaba Campus Only)

    Students learn to write research proposals that are required to apply to graduate schools

  • TOP UNIVERSITY PREPARATION CLASS (Takadanobaba Campus Only)

    For students who wish to enter universities in Japan. Students who take and pass a selection exam may join this class

  • TRIAL CLASSES AT VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS (Ikebukuro Campus Only)

    Students are offered the opportunity to take trial classes at vocational schools



* Students can choose to take elective classes at the Intermediate II level and above.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
6 Months ¥347,500
1 Year ¥695,000


Other fees
Facilities ¥22,000 (6 months)
¥44,000 (1 year)
Screening fee ¥22,000
Enrollment fee ¥55,000
Textbooks ¥16,500 (6 months)
¥33,000 (1 year)

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

General Japanese - Short Term

Course Description

This course is one that can be taken for as little as 2 weeks while on a visitor, tourist or short-term stay visa, and is aimed to develop the 4 major skills (“listening”, “reading”, “speaking”, and “writing”), according to your current Japanese level.

Enrolment Periods & Duration


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

30 days before intake

July 1 year 9 months Early December
October 1 year 6 months Early March
January 1 Year 3 months Early June



Morning or afternoon classes (depending on availability):

  • Morning classes are held from 8:50 to 12:00 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 13:00 to 16:10 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives

  • JLPT PREPARATION CLASS

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

  • EJU PREPARATION CLASS

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

  • PRACTICAL CONVERSATION CLASS

    Participate in role-play and other activities to improve conversation skills

  • GRADUATE SCHOOL PATHWAY CLASS (Takadanobaba Campus Only)

    Students learn to write research proposals that are required to apply to graduate schools



* Students can choose to take elective classes at the Intermediate II level and above.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
2 Weeks ¥34,750
3 Weeks ¥52,125
4 Weeks ¥69,500
5 Weeks ¥86,875
6 Weeks ¥104,250
7 Weeks ¥121,625
8 Weeks ¥139,000
9 Weeks ¥156,375
10 Weeks ¥173,750

-¥17,375 (Special Discount)


Other fees
Facilities ¥2,200 (2 weeks)
¥3,300 (3 weeks)
¥4,400 (4 weeks)
¥5,500 (5 weeks)
¥6,600 (6 weeks)
¥7,700 (7 weeks)
¥8,800 (8 weeks)
¥9,900 (9 weeks)
¥11,000 (10 weeks)
Enrollment fee ¥15,000
Textbooks ¥8,250

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

Summer Course (Takadanobaba Campus Only)

Course Description

General Course

  • Language Level: Beginner to JLPT N4
  • Age for Participation: 15 to 65
  • Classes are held from 8:50 to 12:00

In addition to studying Japanese, this course includes various activities such as attending sports events, cultural experiences and a day at Disney Sea, as well as sets aside plenty of free time for you to enjoy.


JLPT Specialized Intensive Course

  • Level: Those wanting to pass N3/N2
  • Age for Participation: 15 to 65
  • Class Times: 8:50 / 12:00 or 13:00 to 14:30

This course caters to those aiming to pass the JLPT N3 /N2 exam, but also treats you to a day at Disney Sea.

Enrolment Periods & Duration


Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
2023 1 Month Please Inquire

Please Inquire

Course Features & Electives

  • EXPERIENCE JAPANESE CULTURE

    Enjoy sports events and go on day trips

  • INTERACT WITH JAPANESE

    Japanese students will join events and activities

  • STUDY WITH PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD

    Make “international friendships” while studying and having fun in Japan!

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
General Course

Please Inquire

JLPT Specialized Intensive Course

Student Demographics

China

44%

Europe

10%

South Korea

8%

Taiwan/Hong Kong

8%

North America

5%

Vietnam

3%

Russia

2%

Nepal

2%

Other Countries

18%

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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