General Japanese Course 12-months [Starting from Beginner level]

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Study abroad at one of the best Japanese language schools in Japan – NILS.
Learn the Japanese language in our intensive program while immersed in the local culture.


The General Japanese Course is designed to improve your Japanese language skills quickly. Even beginners can progress to the intermediate level after completing this program.

After a year of study, you will be able to:
  • Describe your personal experiences and express your opinions in a simple way.
  • Speak like a Japanese native using proper grammatical tenses and in the polite form.
  • Acquire the vocabulary necessary in everyday life and use the Kanji equivalent of the JLPT N3-N5 level.
  • Read brief articles and write a short essay about your everyday life.
  • Understand Japanese culture, traditions, and customs through various activities both in school and in the community.

Our lessons cover all of the following skills: reading, listening, vocabulary, Kanji, grammar and speaking with accurate pronunciation.
Even if you start from the beginner’s level, you can extend your studies for an additional 6 or 12 months to apply to Japanese colleges and universities.

Note: Prior to the program, all students will be given a level test at the school.
This is done to ensure that all students will start the program at an appropriate level.

Who is Eligible?

  • Student visa
  • Student with a working holiday visa
  • Other visas/status (Permanent residency, spouse visa, working visa etc)

The program includes Japanese cultural activities.

School Activity

General Japanese Course

Enrollment April, October
Hours of Study 20 lessons per week (Total: 760 lessons) *Each lesson is 45 minutes
Number of students 15-20 students per class


Learn correct pronunciation and intonation.
Read and write Hiragana and Katakana. Learn 3,000 words and 1,200 kanji. Learn words and phrases used in daily conversation.

[Listening Skills]

You will be able to listen to conversation by native Japanese speakers.
Teachers speak Japanese at normal speed.
Activities help learners to better understand Japanese, even outside of the classroom.

[Speaking Skills]

You will be able to talk about a certain topic after a year of study.
Only Japanese is used within the walls of the school.
Original and unique teaching methods are employed.
You will be able to speak Japanese in daily life level in three months.

[Reading and Writing Skills]

Learn easy reading from the beginning.
You will be able to write original stories after a year of study.
You will be able to write several paragraphs by the end of the course.


Aim for JLPT N4-N5 Level. Lots of school activities, and lots of international cultural exchanges. Speech Contest held each year.

Class Schedule

Students can attend either morning or afternoon classes.
Classes are determined based on the results of a level test.

Morning class :8:40-12:05
Afternoon class : 13:00-16/25

Morning course Afternoon course Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:40 - 9:30 13:00 - 13:50

Main Text

9:35 - 10:20 13:55 - 14:40
10:30 - 11:15 14:50 - 15:35





Current Topics

11:20 - 12:05 15:40 - 16:25

Application Process

Required documents :
  • NILS Admission Form (Download)
  • Diploma of the highest degree completed
  • Pass certificate of JLPT, NAT-Test, etc
  • Your birth certificate
  • Bank statements of your financial sponsor
  • Copy of your passport
  • Photos
  • *Note : Above required documents depend on your nationality. Please contact us for more information.

Please send us all required documents and pay your program fee.


The school will prepare an application form for your Certificate of Eligibility and submit it to Japan Immigration Bureau


The school will send your original certificate to your home-address.


You will apply for a student visa at the nearest Japan Embassy in your country.


Travel to Japan and start your program

Download Application Forms

Download forms and fill them out completely.


Please feel free to contact us from here. If you have questions about the school.