Sendagaya Japanese Institute (SJI)

Sendagaya Japanese Institute (SJI)
  • 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.

  • 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. Not a feature of this school.

  • 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. Not a feature of this school.

  • 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. Not a feature of this school.

  • Out-of-School Activities

    This school organizes out-of-school day-trips, excursions and events throughout the year. Not a feature of this school.

  • Student Lounge

    Space outside of the classroom is available for students to interact casually and/or study. Not a feature of this school.

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School Introduction

Established in 1975, the Yoshioka Educational Foundation Sendagaya Japanese College is a language school with a long tradition and history in Japan. At present, the school has taught students from over 100 countries around the world, such as China, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hongkong, Malaysia, and France, and is the 3rd largest language school in Japan with an annual number of students of up to 1,500. In order to suit differing student needs, the school offers courses at a variety of times, for example morning, afternoon, Saturday, so students can choose the class which is most convenient for them. In addition to Japanese language lessons, the school also holds a variety of extra-curricular activities such as cultural experiences, picnics, and bus or tram trips, so that students can get the most out of their experience living and studying abroad.
Total Number of Students: 1301
Class Size: Average of 18
School Staff Support Languages: Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Swedish, English, Japanese, Arabian
Enrolment Terms: April, July, October, January
Minimum Course Duration: Short Term: 4 Weeks
Long Term: 1 Year 3 Months

Main Features

Atypical educational methods
From an academic perspective, the school has developed a method of effective teaching that goes beyond memorizing grammar and new words in a mechanical way but rather is designed to get students to think in Japanese naturally through effective repetition. In addition, all of the teachers have completed the Japanese teacher training course at Sendagaya, ensuring consistent quality in teaching. In addition, the school has built a rich lesson schedule, supported by a series of digital textbooks developed over 40 years and specialized for various levels. Additionally, the school has books for practising handwriting, and CDs for listening, and introduces supplementary materials into its curricula such as newspapers, magazines, comics, novels, and movies.
High pass rate in post-graduation studies
The school is constantly updating and diversifing its information about colleges, universities, and technical schools, and organizes seminars to introduce these to students. Every year, about 30% of its students enter professional schools and 65% of its students enter university and graduate programs. Most students at this school are determined to succeed, with students helping each other, thereby creating a warm and encouraging learning environment.
Many opportunities to interact with Japanese students
In the center, there are not only international students attending the school but also Japanese students who are undertaking Japanese teacher training, so students have many opportunities to interact with Japanese students naturally as well as in official school festivals and trial lessons offered by teachers-in-training for as part of their program.

School Location

This school has several campuses, but most of them are located in Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, in the center of Tokyo. Students have access to many places from this area. In addition, there are many universities and vocational schools in the surrounding area, making it one of Japan's leading student towns.

Nearest Stations
Takadanobaba Campuses: Takadanobaba Station (3-5 minute walk)
Shimo-Oichai Campus: Shimo-Oichai (1-minute walk) / Takadanobaba Station (10 minute walk)
Komagome Campus: Komagome Station (3-minute walk)

Available Courses

  • University/Vocational School Prep Course- Long Term
  • Graduate School Prep Course - Long Term
  • General Japanese Course - Long Term
  • Everyday Course - Short Term

University/Vocational School Prep Course- Long Term

Course Description

This course is designed for those who want to enter a Japanese university, grad school or vocational school. The course can be taken for 1 year and 6 months or 2 years.
During the classes, students will be given the opportunity to participate actively. Students that have reached the lower-intermediate level throughout this course are able to choose elective courses.

  • 1

    2-year course

  • 2

    1 year and 6 months course


Offered at the Sendagaya Japanese College Campus (Takadanobaba)

Enrolment Periods & Duration


Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
April 2 Years N/A

6 months before intake

October 1 Year 6 Months N/A

6 months before intake



Morning or afternoon classes:

  • Morning classes are held from 8:50 to 13:00 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 13:30 to 17:40 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives

  • 4 MAIN SKILLS

    Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking

  • JLPT PREPARATORY (OPTIONAL)

    This elective focusses on vocabulary, grammar, listening and reading skills for the JLPT N3~N1

  • EJU PREPARATORY (OPTIONAL)

    This elective prepares you for several subjects of the EJU such as Mathematics, Science, Japan and the World, English and Japanese

  • GRADUATE SCHOOL PREPARATORY (OPTIONAL)

    In this elective students practice writing research a plan, read thesis papers and focus on interview skills

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
1 Year 6 Months ¥1,035,000
2 Years ¥1,380,000


Other fees
Facilities ¥40,000
Screening fee ¥20,000
Enrollment fee ¥60,000
Textbooks ¥3,000 every 3 months
Insurance ¥6,000

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

Graduate School Prep Course - Long Term

Course Description

This course is designed for those who want to enter Japanese grad school and is offered to Japanese beginners. The course can be taken for 1 year and 3 months, 1 year and 6 months, 1 year and 9 months or 2 years.

  • 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


Offered at the Sendagaya Japanese Institute Japanese School (Shimo-Ochiai/Takadanobaba)

Enrolment Periods & Duration


Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
April 2 Years N/A

6 months before intake

July 1 Year 9 Months N/A

6 months before intake

October 1 Year 6 Months N/A

6 months before intake

January 1 Year 3 Months N/A

6 months before intake

Course Features & Electives

  • JLPT PREPARATORY (OPTIONAL

    This elective class prepares you for the JLPT N2~N1

  • EJU PREPARATORY (OPTIONAL)

    Preparatory class for the university entrance exam

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
1 Year 3 Months ¥840,000
1 Year 6 Months ¥990,000
1 Year 9 Months ¥1,170,000
2 Years ¥1,320,000


Other fees
Facilities ¥33,000
Screening fee ¥22,000
Enrollment fee ¥55,000
Insurance ¥6,000

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

General Japanese Course - Long Term

Course Description

The General Japanese course can be taken for 1 year and 6 months or 2 years and offers different classes focussing on daily conversation, business, Japanese exams and further electives for students after reaching an intermediate Japanese level, so that students can find the right classes which are matching their interest.

  • 1

    2-year course

  • 2

    1 year and 6 months course


Offered at the Sendagaya Language School Campus (Komagome)

Enrolment Periods & Duration


Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
April 2 Years N/A

6 months before intake

October 1 Year 6 Months N/A

6 months before intake

Course Features & Electives

  • JLPT PREPARATORY (OPTIONAL)

    The focus of this elective class is on vocabulary, grammar, listening and reading skills for the JLPT N3~N1

  • EJU PREPARATORY (OPTIONAL)

    Preparatory class for the university entrance examination

  • BUSINESS JAPANESE (OPTIONAL)

    The focus of this elective class is on business communication

  • JAPANESE CULTURE (OPTIONAL)

    Students learn about Japanese culture and hold presentations in this elective

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
1 Year 6 Months ¥990,000
2 Years ¥1,320,000


Other fees
Facilities ¥33,000
Screening fee ¥22,000
Enrollment fee ¥55,000
Insurance ¥6,000

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

Everyday Course - Short Term

Course Description

Students can take the everyday course for 2 to 10 weeks, in which they will train their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills while focusing on communication skills.


Offered at the Sendagaya Japanese Institute Eki-Mae Campus (Takadanobaba)

Enrolment Periods & Duration

Available for 2~10 weeks

Intake* Application Deadline
January

N/A

April
July
October

*Recommended intakes for beginner level.


Morning or afternoon classes (depending on availability):

  • Morning classes are held from 9:20 to 12:40 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 13:30 to 16:50 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives

  • 4 MAJOR SKILLS

    listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and focus on communication

  • ACTIVITIES

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
2 Weeks ¥48,000
4 Weeks ¥80,000
6 Weeks ¥117,000
8 Weeks ¥152,000
10 Weeks (1 Term) ¥180,000


Other fees
Enrollment fee ¥10,000
Textbooks Included in tuition fee

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

61%

Vietnam

10%

Arab

10%

Thai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Europe

19%

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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