Yamasa Institute - Learn Japanese in Japan

Japanese Language Course in Japan

Program Name: Short Intensive Language Acquisition Course (Japanese)
School: Yamasa Institute
City: Okazaki, Japan
Term: Year-round
Duration: 1 week to 3 months
Cost: ¥ 143,000 / $ 924.54 * per month, tuition
Housing Rooms, apartments, residence halls.

From ¥ 24,000 / $ 155.17 * per month to ¥ 82,000 / $ 530.15 * per month, depending on housing type selected

Language of Instruction: Japanese
Eligibility: Open Enrollment, anybody can participate. No min GPA required or letters of recommendation required. You do not have to be a college student to enroll in this Japanese program. You do not have to participate in a US university study abroad program to enroll in this Japanese program. Minimum age 18.

* Equivalent in dollars based on current exchange rate

JAPANES COURSE DESCRIPTION – Short Intensive Language Acquisition Course (SILAC)

SILAC focuses on conversation and speaking and therefore is highly recommended for those who wish to improve their conversational Japanese in a short period of time. Courses can span from 2 weeks at minimum and can last up to 12 weeks at maximum. However, it is entirely possible to enroll in a 12 week course, take a break and then return to the course for another 12 week stint. This formula allows many of our students to continually reinforce the knowledge they have attained in previous stints studying at YAMASA.
The course accepts students whose abilities range from beginner to intermediate and provides a friendly learning environment with flexibility rarely seen amongst courses of its kind and the ability to improve your Japanese considerably in multiple areas.

Course length From 2 weeks to 12 weeks (depending on how long you wish to/are able to study). Initial applications will allow you to apply up to 12 weeks but extensions beyond this are possible. Course start Student intakes are conducted every Friday. What days do classes run? Monday through Friday. (The last week’s classes will finish on Thursday). The total amount of Japanese classes you will take, as well as their composition, will change depending on the length of your Japanese course and the level of Japanese that you are taking. At an absolute minimum, you will take 46 core classes (2 week course) and at maximum, 276 classes (12 week course). Classes start at 9 am and finish at 2:30 with a 50 minute break between periods 3 and 4. Class length is 50 minutes.

Potential SILAC students may include:

  • People who specifically would like to improve their verbal Japanese ability.
  • People who are travelling through Japan who wish to pick up some of the language during their time here.
  • Those with full time jobs or family commitments who may not be able to commit to a full time course of study.
  • Those who may want to enter a longer term course but want to enroll in a short term course while waiting for the academic term to start.
  • People who frequently travel to Japan for periods spanning into weeks.


  • Japanese Pronunciation / Intonation class
  • Kanji marathon class
  • Japanese business manner and etiquette class
  • Japanese Language


Open enrollment, anybody can participate. The Japanese program at the Yamasa Institute is open to teens, students, and adults. You do not have to be a college student to enroll in this Japanese program. You do not have to participate in a US university study abroad program to enroll in this Japanese program. Minimum age 18.


As a leading provider of Japanese language education, we have cultivated a long term reputation of providing high quality Japanese study programs. If you enroll at YAMASA, you can be reassured that you will be taught by teachers who are amongst the best available. In addition to the educational opportunities provided at YAMASA, you can also rest easy knowing that upon arriving at our campus, your accommodation needs will be taken care of as we offer a variety of housing with onsite maintenance provided.

Since YAMASA was founded, we have boasted a multifaceted and varied student population with enrollees from Europe, North and South America, Russia, the Middle East and Asia. Against this backdrop, we aim to do our utmost to meet the needs of each of our students through the provision of customized courses of study thus guaranteeing that you will have the best possible chance of achieving your individual study objectives. While YAMASA is a unique and culturally varied learning community, the use of Japanese language is a constant of student life at YAMASA. For this reason, you are sure to have ample opportunity to practice the Japanese that you have learnt.

All teachers and staff at YAMASA strive to maintain friendly and productive relationships at all times; meaning that you will be treated as much more than ‘just a number’. We understand that moving to a completely foreign country is a daunting prospect, especially for those who are moving overseas for the first time in their life. For this reason, our teachers and customer service team will do their best to support you not only educationally, but where possible, personally.


Housing: Yamasa has its own student housing within easy walking distance of the Yamasa campus. At Yamasa we have a full time Housing Office with the time and resources to look after your needs. These housing resources currently include fully furnished studio apartments, 2DK and 3DK apartments, and a 50 room custom built Student Village.

All Yamasa owned student housing is located in quiet, safe, residential areas with shops, restaurants and other facilities nearby. All accommodation provides at least double the amount of private space per student compared to similar expense accommodation in Tokyo or Osaka. There isn’t a single student staying in student housing who needs to budget for the cost of public transport commuting to classes. Access to student housing is guaranteed.


Online registration, open to teens, students, and adults. Visit the Yamasa webpage, and fill out the online registration form.

Student Visa
Applicants who need a student visa for long term studies in the AIJP or AJSP courses are unable to complete their enrollment online due to restrictions and regulations imposed by Japan’s Immigration Bureau. If you need a student visa – you need Yamasa’s Student Visa Application Kit. This can be downloaded in pdf format through the link below. You will need to complete the kit and send copies of the necessary documents to YAMASA via email. Then we will screen them. After the screening, you will need to submit the originals to YAMASA before the relevant deadline.


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