About getting a job in Japan
For entering for the School
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Greeting from the Principal
Welcome to Kitakyushu YMCA!
Kitakyushu YMCA celebrated its 110th anniversary by 2018. In this long history, it has focused Japanese Language Education for around 30 years and a lot of students from various countries and regions have studied the language very hard for enrolling higher education－such as universities and vocational colleges－and for their future career.
Some senior students are very successful in Japan or in their places. On the other hand, excellent international students who can speak Japanese language and have specialized skills are in great demand in Japan. We will help you to have a wonderful encounter, connect with someone and transform yourself in a good way in Japan throughout our Japanese Language Education.
The Principal of Kitakyushu YMCA
YouTube : School introduction (Please set English subtitles. )
You can study with multinational students from Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Europe and America. You can make friends with multinational students and improve Japanese skills.
Orientation for study and daily life
Every country has different cultures and customs. You learn importance and necessaries for living in Japan in the orientation.
School events & Interacting programs
In addition to the entrance and graduation ceremonies, we also hold events to deepen communication with classmates and local people (Christmas party, Multicultural Wai Wai Festival), company tours in Kitakyushu, Japanese speech contests, and study tour for new students to learn about Japanese society. Students also participate in local events, Japanese cooking classes, Japanese style tea ceremonies, Zen meditation, Kimono dressing, and they interact with Japanese students of university of Kitakyushu.
YouTube : School events & Interacting programs (Please set English subtitles. )
Trere are two different scholarships. One is scholarship by Japan Student Services Organization, and a few students are selected by total evaluation. They can receive 30,000 yen per month throughout a year. The other one is scholarship by Kitakyushu YMCA College. Three students from each class will be selected and they receive a scholarship of 5,000 yen. In addition, there is a scholarship after graduation of 30,000 yen for those who go to schools in Kitakyushu City and 50,000 yen for those who work in Kitakyushu City. (There is a screening process for receiving these scholarship.)
We always support you so that you can live safe and comfortable in Japan. If you have any problems, you can instantly consult to staff.
Orientation before starting classes
We have orientation in school before starting classes. We explain about traffic rules, school rules, manners in daily life in various languages to make students understood clearly.
We will help you to find a room and instruct how to manage households. We also counsel you whenever you face difficulties or have health problems.
You can work within 28 hours a week ( within 40 hours a week during long vacation ) . All of students have to join orientation, and you learn how to write resume and practice job interview. We will teach you them.
National Health Insurance
Students must buy the national health insurance. This insurance covers 30% of the medical expenses and the remaining 70% is covered by the government. The cost varies depending on entrance month, so please check the application guideline.
This insurance cover the cost of an accident or injury to the others on your behalf. It will pay up to 100 million yen instead of you.
View of Kitakyushu YMCA College
Kitakyushu YMCA College has two buildings. School facilities are well equipped for students to study comfortably. In addition to class rooms, we have a hall for seminars, school events, a career consulting room, and a computer room.
View of Kitakyushu city
Kitakyushu is very comfortable city to live in with a low cost of living. Transportation here is very convenient and it is easy to travel by bullet train or airplane. Kitakyushu is mixed by modernity and tradition, and there is a lot of nature. Kitakyushu YMCA College is central of the city. Students can live nearby the school, so you can have a very convenient student life.
YouTube : Let's take a look around the school. (Please set English subtitles. )
|Entering month||April or October every year|
|Study period||１year, 1 year & 6 months, 2 years|
|Course level||Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced|
|Semester||Spring semester : April to September , Autumn semester : October to May|
|Class time||Monday to Friday|
|Morning class : 8:50 - 12:20|
|Afternoon class : 13:10 - 16:40|
You can improve four Japanese skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking) depending on your language revel in Academic Japanese Course. We support you to prepare for examination of JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), EJU (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students) and entrance examination for university or vocational college where you want to go. Class is divided by the results of a placement test and organized into 10 to 20 people per class. So you can study at suitable revel to you. If your revel is getting higher than your class revel, you can move to higher class.
There are many universities and technical colleges in Japan. In homeroom, teachers talk to students one by one, and give you effective advice about Japanese language skills and way to learn Japanese for passing examination of university or vocational college, referring to your learning situation. Teachers help you to prepare for application documents, short essay test and interview test.
Students talk to teacher one by one and prepare for entrance examination. (Twice a semester in the year prior to taking exam, and once a month in the year you take the exam.)
① Career counseling of which school to take entrance exam depending on your Japanese skills
② Counselling about study plan
③ Counselling which school you want to go to
④ Checking of application documents
Guidance for university or technical college
We will explain how to prepare for the documents for exam and check exam schedules and admission.
Orientation in the second year
Guide about school information and schedules for exams
Explain how to take interview test and how to write statement of purpose, and then practice the interview with your teacher.
Guidance of graduate school
For students who wish to study at graduate school, the process of finding a school and taking entrance exam is different from normal exams. So, we provide detailed explanation on preparation for entering graduate school.
We invite staffs from universities and vocational colleges to hold school guidance in Kitakyushu YMCA College. We also participate in school guidance and open campus at some schools.
What you study in the class differs depending on when you enroll. Students who wish to go on to higher education start preparing for entrance exams (deciding where to go and taking exams) for universities and vocational college around August. The Japanese language skills required for each school are different. It is important to make a plan and study to reach the required level so that you can quickly decide where you want to go and what your goals are. Also, if you plan to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in order to get a job, you should study in a planned way for the test date.
We provide job guidance services to students who wish to find a job in Japan (how to find a job, how to write a resume, and how to take an interview). Individual instruction is also given to students who have decided to apply for a company if needed.
YouTube : What should I do to get a job in Japan. (Please set English subtitles. )
Conditions for working in Japan
●Those who have a bachelor's degree from their country or graduated from graduate school, university, junior college, or vocational college in Japan.
●It's profitable if you passed level N1 or N2 on JLPT test, or have specific skills related to the job.
Who can take job guidance
Students who have a bachelor's degree from their country, and more than level N3 on JLPT test, or have passed the tests below;
●J.TEST : level D（6 times a year）
●NAT-TEST : level 3 （6 times a year）
●TOP-J TEST : Intermediate level B（8 times a year）
Messages from senior students who are working in Japan
Working as a computer programmer／
I studied Japanese and practiced for the interview very hard for getting the job. In the interview practice, I prepared answers to questions that I might be asked in the interview and practiced them beforehand. I would like to encourage everyone who wishes to find a job in Japan to study Japanese as much as you can. I believe that if you actively search for a job, you will find job that suits you. I will work hard to learn business and technical terms in Japanese at the company.
Working as a network engineer／
I have been offered a job at a company where I can utilize my IT knowledge, so I'm looking forward to working hard and improving my career.
It was hard to organize my qualifications and what I am good at and practice speaking about them for the interview. For those who are looking for a job, please do your best to study Japanese. And I think it is important to try to communicate with others in Japanese actively even if you don’t speak Japanese fluently.
Working as an international marketing worker／
I am currently in charge of marketing work for exporting construction materials from Japan to overseas. I have a lot to learn about the construction industry and customs clearance procedures, which is new to me, but it is fresh and fun. I have also made good colleagues at the company. Even after finding a job, it is important to keep studying specific knowledge of the industry and to keep motivation to learn by yourself.
Career Support Center is a job introducing service for international students who wish to find a job in Japan. Other Japanese language schools are not able to introduce jobs directly to students. However, Kitakyushu YMCA College has a center that is authorized by the government and can introduce jobs directly to students. Staffs who have a deep understanding of international students will support you in your job search and visa application.
Features of Career Support Center
International students can get support for registration and company introductions free of charge.
What we support
●Guidance of job interview and resume writing to prepare for recruitment exams.
●We are always ready for talking with you if you have any problems at the company after starting a job so that you can work comfortably in Japan.
Type of industry
IT / Interpretation and translation / Trade administration / Marketing / Hotel / Human resource management / Automobile (Toyota, Nissan) related companies / Real estate / Restaurant / Construction / Food processing / Manufacturing / Retail / Others
Skills that will help you get a job
JLPT:Ｎ1, Ｎ2 / BJT:Ｊ2,Ｊ1,Ｊ1＋ / TOEIC: more than 600 points
※If you have specialized skills, there is a possibility of employment even if you have only N3 on JLPT.
1.Applying and entrance periods
Academic Japanese Course
|Entrance period||Applying period|
|April||10th November of the year before entrance|
|October||10th May of the year before entrance before entrance|
※Please contact us if you wish to apply after the application deadline.
●Those who have completed 12 years education
●Those who have learned Japanese more than 150 hours in a Japanese language institution or have JLPT N5.
●Those who can pay tuition fees and living expense during studying in Kitakyushu YMCA College
|1 year||1 year and 6 month||2 years|
|Facilities and textbooks fees||60,000||90,000||120,000|
●Please pay tuition fees for the first year when you enter（You can also pay by installments）
●Refunds will be made following the internal regulations of the school.
Insurance fees（Required when entering in addition to tuition.）
Liability Insurance ： 10,000 yen（valid only while in school）
This insurance cover the cost of an accident or injury to the others on your behalf. It will pay up to 100 million yen instead of you.
However, it does not apply if you deliberately cause an accident or other damage. It also does not apply to self-damage accidents or to your own property.
National Health Insurance ： April entrance：20,000 yen, October entrance：10,000 yen
Students need to join the national health insurance. This insurance covers 30% of the medical expenses and the remaining 70% is covered by the government. You pay the insurance fee to YMCA for the first year, and we make procedure instead of you. And from second year, you pay it by yourself. Price of insurance fee is different depending on the income of the previous year.
4.Selection process Documents check
You can choose study term If you wish to study at the school on a visa other than student visa, such as working holiday, temporary visitor, spouse visa, or dependent visa. The tuition fees and procedures for the above students are different from those for students with student visa. Please contact us for details.
〈Example of tuition fee payment〉
|Studying for 3 month||Admission fee||Tuition fee||Other fees||Total|
|(95 class days）||30,000 JPY||285,000 JPY||30,000 JPY||345,000 JPY|
|3,000 JPY×95 days|
●Payment of admission fee is only one time when you enter.
●Daily tuition is 3,000 yen. Tuition fee should be paid according to the number of class days.
●Other fees include the cost of facilities, textbooks, printed materials, and other expenses necessary to the classes. Other fees should be paid once per semester（Spring semester：April to September, Autumn semester：October to March）
●If you drop out of the school in the middle of the semester, refund of tuition fees will be made following the internal regulations of the school.