Kudan Institute of Japanese Language & Culture

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Kudan Institute of Japanese Language & Culture
  • 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

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  • 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

Kudan Japanese Cultural Research Institute receives up to 40 students from all over the world every month, the majority of whom come from Europe and North America, to undertake their Japanese language program and learn about Japanese culture. The Educational Philosophy at Kudan is to foster pro-Japan people and promote an understanding about the country. [They] are aiming to offer the education and experience which can be acquired only in Japan. Moreover, you will not only learn Japanese language and culture, but also have the opportunity to engage in cultural exchanges within their diverse student body. The school is notably characterized by bright classrooms, spacious corridors, and friendly teachers, all of which create a comfortable learning environment where even new international students with no previous interaction with Japanese people can feel relaxed. The school is nested among 4 train stations, more than 10 universities, vocational schools, some bookstores, sport and music stores, and is overall a very busy and convenient area to be.
Total Number of Students: 200~300
Class Size: 12-20
School Staff Support Languages: English, Chinese, Korean
Enrolment Terms: January, April, July, October
Minimum Course Duration: 2 weeks

Main Features

Flexible course options
The school offers programs as short as 2 weeks, convenient for students who are only available for short periods, like school holidays. Additionally, the school tries wherever possible to be flexible with regard to class start times, in an attempt to allow smooth entry into the program of choice. The school also offers specialized courses which teach Japanese to students with completely no previous experience, starting with learning the hiragana alphabet, all the way to the general courses which prepare students for entrty to Japanese universities, colleges, and daily conversation. In addition, the school has opened Japanese manga classes specifically for those with this special interest.
Many opportunities to interact with local Japanese people
The Kudan Institute of Japanese Language & Culture has new and exciting activities for international students including international exchanges. Most of the members of such exchanges are Japanese youth between the ages of 20 and 30 who are studying at nearby colleges, thereby creating an interesting environment for learning Japanese and making friends. In addition, the school regularly organizes various events such as: Sushi-making, Yukata experiences, visiting the Hakone ANA aircraft maintenance site, joining literary festivals and other Japanese cultural festivals.
Special Homestay Network
On the contrary to using 3rd party Homestay Brokerage agencies, the school has developed direct and personal relationships with each of its 350 host families. Although most of these families live within some distance to the school, the living environment compared to those in the city center is considerably more comfortable & specious. For those students who wish to live in private rooms, guest houses, and share houses, this school has a developed relationship with such accommodations and can provide referrals to its students.

School Location

Because this area is known as student’s town where many schools gather, you will find many student-friendly restaurants that offer student discounts. Tokyo Dome City offers amusement parks, shopping, enthusiastic baseball games, and spas. The nearby area is also suitable for sightseeing with many gardens, cherry blossom viewing spots, shrines and museums. The big city Akihabara is only one step away from Suidobashi Station.

Nearest Stations:
Suidobashi station (4-minute walk)
Kudanshita station (9-minute walk)

Available Courses

  • Japanese Conversation Course
  • Japanese Intensive Course
  • Practical Course for Beginners
    (Short-Term)
  • Japanese + Culture Courses
    (Short-Term)
  • Seasonal Courses

Japanese Conversation Course

Course Description

This course is for those who want to learn Japanese with a focus on conversation practice. Students will consider how to speak in various situations and on various topics.
At the intermediate level (Conversation III) and above, many useful expressions for working in Japan will be introduced.

Enrolment Periods & Duration

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

Late October

July 1 year 9 months Early January

Late February

October 1 year 6 months Early March

Late April

January 1 Year 3 months Early July

Late August

* Deadlines for long term programs (6 months or longer) which requires a student visa
* This course starts every Monday with the exception of complete beginners
 
Morning classes:
 

  • Classes are held from 9:10 to 12:40 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives

  • MINIMUM ENROLLMENT PERIOD OF TWO WEEKS

  • EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    On weekly extracurricular activities such as cooking classes and tea ceremony, students can experience Japanese culture while getting to know students from other classes

  • EXCHANGE EVENTS

    Students can experience making Japanese friends at Kudan on events with volunteers and Japanese students from the Japanese community

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
1 Year ¥768,000


Other fees
Translation fee ¥5,000
Screening fee ¥30,000
Enrollment fee ¥60,000
Textbooks, Maintenance fee and Field Trips fees ¥90,000
Student Insurance fee ¥10,000


Optional Services

Airport pick-up

Arrive on Saturday ¥15,000
Arrive from Sunday to Friday ¥30,000

Homestay

Placement fees ¥10,000
Room rental rates ¥3,000/night
2 Meals for weekdays Included
3 Meals for weekends Included

* If staying in homestay, the weekdays include breakfast and dinner. Weekends and holidays include breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 

Ordinary Accommodation (Guest house/Sharehouse)

Monthly room rental rates ¥60,000 – ¥150,000
Deposit ¥10,000 – ¥30,000
Placement fees ¥5,000

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

Japanese Intensive Course

Course Description

This course is designed for students who wish to acquire the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in a comprehensive and balanced manner. Recommended for students wishing to enter Japanese universities, vocational schools, or to find employment.

Enrolment Periods & Duration

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

Late October

July 1 year 9 months Early January

Late February

October 1 year 6 months Early March

Late April

January 1 Year 3 months Early July

Late August

* Deadlines for long term programs (6 months or longer) which requires a student visa
 
Afternoon classes:
 

  • Classes are held from 13:30 to 17:00 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives

  • KANJI CLASSES

    Monthly progress test allows both Kanji and non-Kanji speakers to progress at their own pace

  • MINIMUM ENROLLMENT PERIOD OF TWO WEEKS

  • EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    On weekly extracurricular activities such as cooking classes and tea ceremony, students can experience Japanese culture while getting to know students from other classes

  • EXCHANGE EVENTS

    Students can experience making Japanese friends at Kudan on events with volunteers and Japanese students from the Japanese community

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
1 Year ¥640,000


Other fees
Translation fee ¥5,000
Screening fee ¥30,000
Enrollment fee ¥60,000
Textbooks, Maintenance fee and Field Trips fees ¥90,000
Student Insurance fee ¥10,000


Optional Services

Airport pick-up

Arrive on Saturday ¥15,000
Arrive from Sunday to Friday ¥30,000

Homestay

Placement fees ¥10,000
Room rental rates ¥3,000/night
2 Meals for weekdays Included
3 Meals for weekends Included

* If staying in homestay, the weekdays include breakfast and dinner. Weekends and holidays include breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 

Ordinary Accommodation (Guest house/Sharehouse)

Monthly room rental rates ¥60,000 – ¥150,000
Deposit ¥10,000 – ¥30,000
Placement fees ¥5,000

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

Practical Course for Beginners
(Short-Term)

Course Description

This course is designed for complete beginners to practice reading hiragana and katakana while learning useful vocabulary and phrases for daily life in Japan. The main aim of this 4-week course is to develop the knowledge necessary for life in Japan and the ability to make practical use of the Japanese language.

Enrolment Periods & Duration

Intake Duration Application Deadline
March 4 Weeks

2 months before the starting date

June
September
December

* One month before the starting date for nationalities with a visa exemption
 
Morning classes:
 

  • Classes are held from 9:10 to 12:40 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives

  • EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    On weekly extracurricular activities such as cooking classes and tea ceremony, students can experience Japanese culture while getting to know students from other classes

  • EXCHANGE EVENTS

    Students can experience making Japanese friends at Kudan on events with volunteers and Japanese students from the Japanese community

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
4 Weeks ¥64,000


Other fees
Screening fee ¥20,000
Textbook & Maintenance fees ¥10,000


Optional Services

Airport pick-up

Arrive on Saturday ¥15,000
Arrive from Sunday to Friday ¥30,000

Homestay

Placement fees ¥10,000
Room rental rates ¥3,000/night
2 Meals for weekdays Included
3 Meals for weekends Included

* If staying in homestay, the weekdays include breakfast and dinner. Weekends and holidays include breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 

Ordinary Accommodation (Guest house/Sharehouse)

Monthly room rental rates ¥60,000 – ¥150,000
Deposit ¥10,000 – ¥30,000
Placement fees ¥5,000

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

Japanese + Culture Courses
(Short-Term)

Course Description

Manga (Comic) Course

This course is a collaboration with the professional manga school Mangajuku!, where you can learn how to draw manga while studying Japanese at the same time.
Professional manga artists and bilingual coordinators will teach you in detail, according to your current skill, so you can take this course at any level, from beginner to advanced.
 

Japanese Cooking Course

In this course, you can learn how to make Japanese dishes while studying Japanese. Students will learn to cook food like sushi, soup stock, udon, Japanese confectionery, bento boxes, etc, as well as the traditions and culture of Japanese cuisine, and the rules of the Japanese diet.
 

Tea Ceremony Short Course

You can take Japanese and tea ceremony lessons (Bonryakutemae) at the same time. In the tea ceremony lessons, you will also learn about tea ceremony culture, how to make tea and how to entertain guests.
Those who have completed the eight-session short-term tea ceremony course will receive a certificate from the school.
 
Required Japanese level: JLPT N4 or above

Enrolment Periods & Duration

Manga (Comic) Course

Intake Duration Application Deadline
Early April 3 months

Please Inquire

Early July 2 months
Early October 1 month

 

Japanese Cooking Course

Intake Duration Application Deadline
April 1 month

Please Inquire

July
October

* One course is 2 hours long
* Classes are held twice a week for a total of 8 classes
 

Tea Ceremony Short Course

Intake Duration Application Deadline
Please Inquire 2 month

Please Inquire

* One lesson a week
 
Afternoon classes:
 

  • Classes are held on Thursdays from 18:30 to 20:00

Tuition Fees

Manga (Comic) Course

Japanese + Manga Course Tuition fees
1 month ¥154,000
2 months ¥268,000
3 months ¥392,000


Other fees
Enrollment fee Included
Study material fee Included


Accommodation fees
1 month ¥94,000
2 months ¥178,000
3 months ¥262,000
Other Accommodation fees
Placement fee Included
2 Meals for weekdays Included
3 Meals for weekdends Included
Airport pick-up – Arriving on Saturday
(Optional)
¥15,000

 
* If staying in homestay, the weekdays include breakfast and dinner. Weekends and holidays include breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 

Japanese Cooking Course

Japanese + Cooking Course Tuition fees
1 month ¥164,000


Other fees
Enrollment fee Included
Textbook fees Included


Accommodation fees
1 month ¥94,000
Other Accommodation fees
Placement fee Included
2 Meals for weekdays Included
3 Meals for weekdends Included
Airport pick-up – Arriving on Saturday
(Optional)
¥15,000

 
* If staying in homestay, the weekdays include breakfast and dinner. Weekends and holidays include breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 

Tea Ceremony Short Course

Tea-Ceremony Lesson Tuition fees
2 months ¥40,000

 
* Accommodation for this course is offered only to students who are currently enrolled on the Conversation Course or the Intensive Course

Seasonal Courses

Course Description

Summer Holiday Course

The school offers 3 Summer Holiday Courses to students who want to gain situational & conversational Japanese language skills in a relatively short period of time.
In addition to morning Japanese lessons, some of the afternoon & day activities offered in the programs include visits to:
・Edo-Tokyo Museum
・Tokyo City Tours
・Tokyo Dome City Attractions (theme park)
・Sushi-making
・Lunch Buffet
・Tea Ceremony
・Tokyo Sky Tree
・Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
・Karaoke

The school also offers students the option of staying with a local homestay family, or being set up in a student or private dormitory. The school also offers its students airport pickup service upon their landing in Japan. Lastly, on the second day of study, all students are given their very own Yukata (Summer Kimono), which are traditional Japanese summer wear usually characterized by bright colors to match the season!

Spring Holiday Course

Kudan spring course is a package program where students not only learn Japanese but experience the culture through activities like the tea ceremony, dressing in Hakama and visiting historic places like shrines as well as modern structures like the Tokyo Skytree for a broad Japanese experience.

Enrolment Periods & Duration

Summer Holiday Course

Course Intake Duration Application Deadline
Course 1 July 1st 4 Weeks (Until July 29th)

April 20th, 2023

Course 2 July 29th 3 Weeks (Until August 19th)

June 16th, 2023

Course 3 July 1st 7 Weeks (Until August 29th)

April 20th, 2023

The Courses are offered each with a unique trip, in addition to its other exciting activities:
・Course 1 – includes trips to Nikko & Kamakura
・Course 2 – include a trip to Kyoto
・Course 3 – includes trips to Nikko, Kamakura, and Kyoto
 

Spring Holiday Course

Course Intake Duration Application Deadline
Spring Course April 1st 2 Weeks (Until April 15th)

February 28th, 2023

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
Summer Course 1 Without homestay: ¥238,600
With homestay: ¥342,000
Summer Course 2 Without homestay: ¥241,200
With homestay: ¥325,000
Summer Course 3 Without homestay: ¥397,800
With homestay: ¥560,000
Spring Course Without homestay: ¥112,000
With homestay: ¥179,000


Other fees
Enrollment fee Included
Study material fee Included
Activity fee Included
Homestay arrangement fee Included with homestay bundle
Homestay fee
(Includes 2 meals for weekdays and 3 meals for weekends and holidays)
Included with homestay bundle
Airport pick-up fee Included with homestay bundle

 
* If staying in homestay, the weekdays include breakfast and dinner. Weekends and holidays include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

Student Demographics

Asia

47%

Europe

38%

North America

7%

South America

3%

Africa & Middle East

3%

Oceania

2%

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