COLLEGE PREPARATORY COURSE

College Preparatory Course

Students from all over the world are studying Japanese at YDC

College Preparatory Course at Yokohama Design College (YDC) consists of a 2-year course and 1-year course, which start in April, as well as a 1.5-year course which starts in October.
Selecting the course that suits you is essential to master the Japanese language.
Are you interested in going on to school in Japan? Would you like to work in Japan or a Japanese company in your country? Let’s make your dream come true by taking your time and taking steady steps to improve your Japanese language skills!

About classes

Classes for Students with Kanji Background

  • Beginner


    6 to 9 months
  • Intermediate


    6 to 9 months
  • Advanced


    6 to 9 months

Classes for Students without Kanji Background

Classes on Kanji are provided every day for this group.
As an introduction to Kanji for this group, we also use the silent way approach and the association method to teach Japanese syllabary. Catch-up and remedial classes using English as a secondary language are also provided as needed.

(1) Beginner to advanced levels (Classes on Kanji are provided every day)

  • Beginner


    6 to 9 months
  • Intermediate


    6 to 9 months
  • Advanced


    6 to 9 months

(2) Beginner to intermediate levels (Classes on Kanji are provided every day)

  • Beginner


    6 to 12 months
  • Intermediate


    6 to 12 months

Class Schedule

Morning classes (AM)

1 9:00-9:45
2 9:55-10:40
3 10:50-11:35
4 11:45-12:30

Afternoon classes (PM)

1 13:10-13:55
2 14:05-14:50
3 15:00-15:45
4 15:55-16:40

Curricula

Basic
N5
General textbooks
Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I
Dekiru Nihongo Beginner
Content
Reading, listening, composition, Kanji,
and other subjects
Aims
To apply knowledge through the top-down teaching.
Also to train students, mainly through activities, to learn independently starting at the basic/elementary level.
Elementary
N4
General textbooks
Minna no Nihongo Shokyu II, Dekiru Nihongo Beginner Intermediate
Content
Reading, listening, composition, Kanji,
and other subjects
Aims
To apply knowledge through the top-down teaching.
Also to train students, mainly through activities, to learn independently starting at the basic/elementary level.
Intermediate
N3
General textbook
Chuukyuu E Ikou (Journey to Intermediate Japanese)
Content
Reading, listening, composition, Kanji,
and other subjects
Aims
To serve as a transition to the pre-advanced level.
N3 level.
Pre-Advanced
N2
General textbook
TOBIRA: Gateway to Advanced Japanese
Content
Grammar, vocabulary, Kanji,
reading, listening, writing,
and other subjects
Aims
To deepen understanding of Japan, in addition to the four language skills, as well as to gain the basic knowledge on various subjects related to Japan
Advanced
N1
General textbooks
Images of Japan, real-life materials,
and other subjects
Content
Grammar, vocabulary, Kanji,
reading, listening and writing
Aims
To acquire skills to discuss Japan and the world based on the deeper knowledge of Japan

Optional classes

We offer a variety of classes, free of charge, to help you take the next step and accomplish your goals.

Classes to Prepare for the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)

We offer classes tailored to each student

We offer tailored classes to help students get high scores at EJU. We have classes on Japan and the World and Mathematics I for students interested in liberal arts; and Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics II for those interested in science.

Art Seminars to Prepare for Art Universities

Guidance by art teachers

You can receive guidance from design and art teachers. In particular, for those of you interested in going to an art university, we teach such subjects as drawing, production, preparation of a portfolio, oil painting, character animation, short essays, and interviewing skills. For those of you interested in going to a graduate program, we also offer guidance on the preparation of a research proposal.

Manga Seminars

Learning how to draw manga from professionals

Since Yokohama Design College also has Manga Department, you can experience the real classes on manga.

Career Support

We provide full support for your future career

Class teachers and Career Support Center keep track of every student’s desired plans after graduation and are prepared to provide all kinds of support, such as individual guidance and job fairs.

More information

Speech contests

Our students from around the world have given beautiful speeches in Japanese they had learned at a number of contests, winning prizes including the First Prize (Foreign Minister's Award) at the International Speech Contest in Japanese, which is broadcast by NHK.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmfXjJgxpsg&t=1s

Awards Received in the Last Five Years

2018

Japanese Speech Contest and Karaoke Contest for International Students First Prize (Yokohama Mayor’s Award) RICCARDI SARA Italy
Japanese Speech Contest and Karaoke Contest for International Students Second Prize (Yokohama Association for International Communications and Exchanges President’s Award) LIAO XIAOMING China
The 18th Japanese Speech Contest for International Language Students
(Kanto-Koshinetsu Regional Association of Japanese Language Schools)
Foreign Minister's Award (Second Prize) ZOU JIZHEN China

2017

Japanese Speech Contest for International Students (Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools) First Prize (Yokohama Mayor’s Award) DONG JIAQI China
The 29th Speech Contest for Foreigners Studying Japanese (sponsored by the National Association of Colleges for Japanese-Language Education) Judges' Special Award LIU SI YU China
Japanese Speech Contest for International Language Students
(Kanto-Koshinetsu Regional Association of Japanese Language Schools)
Yokohama Mayor’s Award ABDYLDAEV MARSEL Kyrgyzstan

2016

Japanese Speech Contest for International Students (Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools) First Prize (Yokohama Mayor’s Award) LIU KA HEI Hong Kong
Japanese Speech Contest for International Students (Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools) Kanagawa Shimbun President’s Award FREDRIKSEN KATARINA Norway
The 28th Speech Contest for Foreigners Studying Japanese (sponsored by the National Association of Colleges for Japanese-Language Education) Award of Excellence HUANG QI China

2015

The 56th International Speech Contest in Japanese (broadcast nationally by NHK Educational TV) First Prize (Foreign Minister's Award) CAHILIG JANELLE JOYCE Philippines
Japanese Speech Contest for International Students (Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools) First Prize (Yokohama Mayor’s Award) CAHILIG JANELLE JOYCE Philippines
Japanese Speech Contest for International Students (Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools) Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools President’s Award LAM ADAM-THIEN CHI USA

2014

Japanese Speech Contest for International Students (Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools) First Prize (Yokohama Mayor’s Award) LUO LISI China
Japanese Speech Contest for International Students (Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools) Kanagawa Shimbun President’s Award BRYNELSON RYAN MICHAEL Canada

2013

Japanese Speech Contest for International Students (Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools) Yokohama Association for International Communications and Exchanges President’s Award KONGDEJADISAK RASSAWAN Thailand
Japanese Speech Contest for International Students (Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools) Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools President’s Award BERNA STEFANIE NADJA Switzerland
Japanese Speech Contest for International Language Students (Kanto-Koshinetsu Regional Association of Japanese Language Schools) Saitama Shimbun’s Award NGUYEN THI HANH Vietnam

2012

Japanese Speech Contest for International Students (Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools) Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools President’s Award WALERIANCZYK JAGNA BARBARA Poland

2011

Japanese Speech Contest for International Students (Kanagawa Prefectural Association of Vocational Schools) First Prize (Yokohama Mayor’s Award) DONG SIYING China

Paths after YDC

Advancement & Admission to
Undergraduate Programs

National and public universities: The University of Tokyo, Yokohama National University, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Chiba University, Tokyo Gakugei University, Nagoya University, etc.
Private universities: Waseda University, Keio University, Meiji University, Rikkyo University, Sophia University, Chuo University, Kanagawa University, etc.
Art universities/colleges: Musashino Art University, Tama Art University, Tokyo Zokei University, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Nihon University College of Art, etc.

Advancement to Graduate Programs

National and public universities: The University of Tokyo, Tokyo University of the Arts, Yokohama National University, Saitama University, etc. (including research students)
Private universities: Waseda University, Keio University, Meiji University, Kanagawa University, etc. (including research students)
Art universities/colleges: Musashino Art University, Tama Art University, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Nihon University College of Art, Kyushu University, etc. (including research students)

Advancement to Professional Training Colleges

Yokohama Design College, Yokohama Technoauto College, Bunka Fashion College, Nihon Kogakuin College, Kuwasawa Design School, Yokohama System Engineering College, etc.

Employment

Major distribution companies, major automobile companies, restaurants, import and sales companies, English teachers, IT companies, etc.

Classes and much more

In addition to the regular classes on the Japanese language, we also offer a variety of school events to learn the Japanese culture and history, extra-curricular programs, as well as elective classes that are unique to us as a design college.

Events

Through the following events, you can deepen your understanding of Japan as well as the importance of the language and communication.

・Events to deepen understanding of the Japanese culture, society, and history
・Events for interaction with Japanese people
・Events as part of education on collaboration and leadership to develop the 21st-century skills and global talents

In addition, we organize various events such as sports festivals, school festivals, field trips, visits to Disney Sea, Mochitsuki (rice cake pounding) events, speech contests, graduation trips, and graduate exhibitions.

Extracurricular Programs (Field Trips)

You can learn so many things about Japan, including its nature, corporations, disaster prevention, and history.

Open Classes

This is a program where all students of Yokohama Design College can pick whichever class they are interested in.
You can choose from a wide range of classes, including design, fashion, manga, tea ceremony, Kimono dressing, hula dancing, and Nippon Kempo (Japanese martial art).

Club Activities

After regular classes, students find friends with similar interests and enjoy club activities.
Some examples include Cosplay Club, Futsal Club, and Voice Acting Club.

Making Friends with Japanese People

We offer a great environment for interaction: You can study on the same campus as Japanese students who study in our Upper Secondary Course and Specialized Course.
We also organize an event to interact with Japanese college students almost every month.

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Regarding expenses such as tuitions, textbooks and other educational materials, please request the school brochure and check the information in the application guide.