Which country do your students come from ?
Half of students are from China, about 30% from ASEAN countries (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, etc.) about 30% Westeners (Italy, Sweden, England, USA, Argentina, Mexico, etc,) We have students from more than 30 countries all over the world.
Currently, how many students are enrolled in Yokohama Design College ?
The total number of long term and short term students is 215. (As of April 2017)
How many students are there in a class ?
Average number is around 15, maximum 20 students.
Is there a study room in school ?
No, but there is a Student Lounge on the 2nd floor, students can use this lounge for self-study or having lunch, enjoying exchange with Japanese students / classmates.
How much is the cost of study books ? Please advise me any other expenses I need to pay.
Details of tuition fee and other expenses are as per below, there is no other expenses charged after coming to Japan.
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Do you provide private (one-by-one) lessons for long term residents ?
Yes, we do. The lesson fee is JPY45,000 per package (1.5hours x 10 lessons).
Please go to this page
for the details.
Do teachers teach in our first language ?
No, they teach in Japanese only. But at the beginning of study, we use English or silent way for better effects in memorizing characters / proper pronunciation.
Teaching Japanese in Japanese sounds difficult for complete beginner, however this is the most effective way for foreigners to obtain Japanese language.
Can I catch up with lessons even if I am not familiar with Kanji characters at all ?
It is not necessary to be concerned about it since we separate Kanji people (Ex. From China) and Non-Kanji people at the beginner level.
There is one Kanji lesson everyday with a special textbook.
We are sure that Non-Kanji students will learn enough number of Kanji step by step.
How many hours of lessons are there in a day ?
There are 4 lessons per day, 1 lesson is for 45minutes, Monday to Friday.
Japanese language class is divided into two parts, morning and afternoon, students study either one in these two shifts.
What kind of textbooks are used in a class ?
Beginner class : Minna-no-Nihongo, Dekiru-Nihongo Intermediate class : Jokyu-eno-tobira, preparation for JLPT, EJU(Japanese) is done in the class.
Advanced class : Practical materials, such as newspapers, magazines, TV news, etc. appropriate course materials are provided for achieving the specific level of each skill such as reading, grammer, writing, listening, vocabulary and kanji.
Are the teachers Japanese ?
Yes, all of our teachers are qualified, well experienced Japanese teachers.
In the College Preparatory Course, can students learn subjects other than Japanese ?
We offer Preparation classes for University Entrance examination. All the classes are free, you can take as many as you want.
●EJU : Social studies, English, Physics, Mathematics
●Art University (and Graduate School) : Drawings, Color Construction, Making Port Folio
For experience of Japanese Pop-culture, we offer Manga (Illustration) classes and lessons called “Open Class”.
What is the open class ?
Yokohama Design College consists of 3 Departments, Diploma Department (Total Design, Manga, Fashion Design and Comprehensive Japanese) and High School Department (Design Course, Manga Course, Fashion Course) in addition to Japanese Language Department.
All the students have learning opportunities other than their major subjects twice a year with your choice.
Foreign students can learn Up-to-date Japanese through exchange with Japanese students of Diploma Department or High School Department in OPEN CLASS.
Are there preparation lessons for JLPT and EJU?
For JLPT(Japanese Language Proficiency Test), we do preparations in classes, there is no special lessons. We offer additional free lessons for EJU(Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students) .