Greeting from the Principal
Welcome to Kitakyushu YMCA!
At the Kitakyushu YMCA College, many students of various nationalities such as Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Russian, Nepalese and more gather and study. By helping them acquire the Japanese language, we aim to produce people who will successfully flourish in the world and realize the world peace.
Characteristics of the YMCA
At the Kitakyushu YMCA College, we provide each individual stundent with sufficient support for them to make their goal come true. We place the biggest emphasis on supporting thier study, then on thier daily life and next on the guidance counseling. Here, the biggest goal for our students is to acquire sufficient level of Japanese to enter university or graduate school.
Our Japanese classes are small with around 15 students and all teachers are experienced. We provide students with extra classes according as their degree of advancement and also provide Kanji classes for those who come from non kanji countries. At the YMCA, there are also classes given by volunteers once a week where students can enjoy communicating in Japanese and improve it at the same time. It is a great place for students who do not have many opportunities to speak with Japanese people and it is open for everyone.
For our students to have a secure life in Japan, we also support them in their daily life. There are Japanese, Chinese and Mongolian teachers who take charge of guiding students and they can consult housing, sickness, part-time jobs and other daily troubles with those teachers. We provide students with manner seminars too where students learn greeting and work manners in order to help them get accustomed to the life in Japan as quickly as possible and also to be able to work successfuly in Japan.
Upon students’ entrance into the YMCA, class teachers start conducting interviews with them regarding their future plans. We give them guidance counseling on college and university or on job hunting according to their respective plans. We aim to help them have clear visions on their future.
We have two kinds of scholarships. One is a scholarship given by the Ministry of Education and the other is given by the Kitakyushu YMCA to the best student from each class three times a year and 5,000 yen each time.
We provide students with guidance counseling that meets students’ needs and plans. Starting to set up a future goal and prepare for it upon the entrance to the YMCA is essential. We advise students to choose a college, university or a graduate school they want to go up to and counsel it with their class teacher and make a decision. All students who wished to go up to a highr education have been successful at our school.
Life in Japan
Living cost in Kitakyushu is low. Average living budget ( rent, food ect ) is 50,000 yen – 70,000 yen per month. Students with permit are allowed to work part-time for 28 hours a week ( 8 hours a day during a long holiday ) . We provide students with seminars where they can learn how to greet, take a job interview, working mannars and so on.
Short term・long term courses
We provide short term・long term Japanese language courses for companies and institutions. Feel free to contact us for detailed information such as a course period, fees and so on.
Previous course results
・2002、2003 Incheon city Japanese language course
・January 9th～31st 2008
Information Industry college in Taegu, Korea 12 people
Kitakyushu city ALT short term Japanese language course 16 people
Chelyabinsk National University, Russia
Business Japanese course
Kitakyushu city ALT short term Japanese language course 14 people
Comments from students
When I came to Japan, it was greatly tough for me to get by because I did not understand the language. However, I gradually got to understand Japanese by taking Japanese lessons in YMCA and experience in my part-time job. My classmates came from various countries, and I got to know various ways of thinking. My part-time job is to wash and cut vegetables in a factory. Although the job is tough, it gives me rich experience. Because I am interested in PC and electric devices, I want to study Information Technology in Japan in the future. In order to achieve my dream, I am now studying Japanese very hard.
(Rajbhandari Bibek, October 2012 from Nepal)
I am very interested in Japanese history and culture. Especially, I like history, architecture and customs in the periods when Samurai existed very much. I think that they were unique and beautiful. When I came to Japan, I was surprised at first because Japanese people were kinder and products in Japan were cheaper than I had thought. I watched Japanese animations and movies many times in Thailand. After I finish studying Japanese in YMCA, I want to go to a university in Japan and study Japanese history. Also, I want to watch a lot of Japanese films and dramas in Japan.
(John Wells, April 2013 from Thailand)
Information for your application
6 months, 1 year, 1 and 1/2 years, 2 years
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Spring semester: April～September
Fall semester: October～March
Mondays to Fridays,2 Periods per day, in either the morning or afternoon
Morning course ： 8:50 a.m.～12:20p.m.
Afternoon course ： 1:10 p.m.～4:40 p.m.
Spring semester ： November 10
Fall semester ： May 10
① Must have high school diploma or equivalent conditions as below.
② Must have at least a basic knowledge of Japanese language.
③ Student’s sponsors are capable of paying tuition and all living expenses.
30,000yen (inc. tax)
|1 year course||1.5 year course||2 years course|
Screening of documents
Application Documents ＊obtain from YMCA
1) Application form *Required only when more than 5 years have passed since the applicant completed his/her final education. Explanation for study purpose
2) 7 pictures 4cm×3cm
3) diploma (last level completed)
4) school transcript
5) copy of proof of identification
6) copy of passport
・evidence of sponsorship form ＊
・certificate of income
・certificate of employment
・certificate of relationship with applicant
Applicant must submit application fee (30,000yen) and all documents to intermediate or YMCA by deadline.
We conduct document screening and Japanese Language examination by phone or through internet.
The level of Japanese language examination is equivalent to Level 4 in Japanese language proficiency test.
3) Acceptance Notification;
Upon payment of Admission fee (50,000yen), accepted applicants who passed documents screening and Japanese Language examination will receive notification, and the school will arrange for the applicant’s visa
4) Certificate of Eligibility and tuition information;
(mid-February for spring semester, mid-August for fall semester)
Upon payment of applicant’s tuition (620,000 yen/1 year) we will issue the certificate of eligibility.
5) Visa Application;
Applicant must submit their passport and the certificate of eligibility to the Japanese embassy in their home country in order to apply for their visa.
6) Coming to Japan;
You are requested to arrive in Japan prior to orientation day (we will inform you the date), and
be sure to inform us your arrival in Kitakyushu.
Applications from China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka require extra documents. Please inquire.
Kitakyushu YMCA Japanese Language School
2-3-13, Kajimachi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-ken, Japan
8 minutes walk from JR Kokura station
2 minutes walk from Buss Sunatsu station