Study abroad in Japan

Study abroad in Japan
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Study abroad in Japan where cultural tradition meets modern design. As a stunning world-class city, Tokyo would impress almost any student that is considering a study abroad destination. When you choose to study in Japan, you'll combine formal Japanese language studies with various activities, adventure, food and countless new friends. Want to know more? Take a look at our programs!

Study abroad in Japan

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EF Languages Abroad

EF Languages Abroad

14-25 years
2-24 weeks
Learn a language faster at an accredited EF school. Choose from 10 languages in 50 destinations. Start any Monday.
Destination: Japan
City: Tokyo
EF Languages Abroad

EF Languages Abroad

25+ years
1-24 weeks
Boost your global career with personalised language courses in one of the world´s greatest cities. Designed for Adults and Professionals.
Destination: Japan
City: Tokyo
EF Language Year Abroad

EF Language Year Abroad

16+ years
6, 9 or 11 months
Combine language and academic studies at a school abroad. Prepare for an official language exam and gain work experience.
Destination: Japan
City: Tokyo

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Study in Tokyo: the largest city in the world

Studying in Japan offers an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and to explore the wonders of Tokyo - the world's most populous city. As a massive urban area, Tokyo is home to many unique areas that will soon become familiar to you during your study abroad experience.

From the Imperial Palace in Hibiya to the upscale designer stores in Ginza, Tokyo has something for everyone. If you're studying Japanese for business, visit the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Nihombashi for an insightful glimpse into the economy. If you're a tech enthusiast, Akihabara offers a treasure trove of electronic gadgets. And for those seeking an exciting nightlife, Shinjuku is the place to be.

Each part of Tokyo has its own distinct character, providing a vibrant and diverse atmosphere that caters to all tastes. When you study in Japan, you'll have the opportunity to explore Tokyo's local haunts and make unforgettable memories.

Why study in Japan with EF?

EF has been providing language education for over 55 years. Along with 9 other languages in 50 other destinations, EF offers accredited Japanese courses for students who want to study in Japan. Our cutting-edge EF Method of teaching languages ensures that you'll make progress and advance by a linguistic level every six weeks.

Our state-of-the-art Japanese Language Center is situated in Tokyo, offering a welcoming and modern environment where you can personalize your language course to match your specific requirements. With flexible start dates every Monday throughout the year, you can easily integrate your study abroad program into your busy schedule. 

Studying Japanese with EF provides you with the opportunity to learn and connect with students from over 100 countries, fully immersing yourself in Japanese culture and forging valuable international relationships that will last a lifetime. Whether you're looking to advance your Japanese language proficiency for personal or professional reasons, EF is committed to helping you achieve your goals and succeed in your studies in Japan.

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Japanese study abroad programs

If you're considering studying in Japan, EF offers a range of Japanese language programs to suit your needs. You can choose your preferred program based on your desired level of intensity:

  • EF Intensive Course: 32 lessons per week
  • EF General Course: 26 lessons per week
  • EF Basic Course: 20 lessons per week (ideal for beginners)

Our Intensive and General courses cater to learners of all levels. Prior to departure, you'll take a proficiency quiz to determine your Japanese language level, and our experienced staff will place you in a class with other students at a similar level, ensuring a personalized and effective learning experience.

Personalize your study abroad program in Japan further by selecting from a variety of Special Interest electives (SPINs). These SPINs combine language learning with your professional or personal interests, providing you with a chance to delve deep into the niches of the Japanese language. Our school offers several SPINs, including Kanji lessons, Japanese Pop Culture, Manga-reading, and Preparation for the JLPT exam, among others.

Accommodation for your stay in Japan

When you study in Japan, you'll be able to choose between living with a local host family or staying in a student residence. You'll enjoy authentic, home-cooked meals during a homestay, with the added bonus of having the opportunity to practice the language skills you've learned while you study abroad in Japan. Your host family can give you tips on the neighborhood and activities, giving you an insider's view of Japan. A student residence is also a good choice, as you'll have a bit more independence and live with other students from around the world. Either way, you'll be sure to live in an stimulating environment as you study abroad in Japan and begin to make it home.

Frequently asked questions

Is it safe to study in Japan?

If you're considering studying in Japan, you'll be pleased to know that Tokyo is considered one of the safest cities in the world, with a low crime rate and exceptional safety infrastructure. Japan, in general, has a reputation for being a safe country, with a culture of respect, politeness, and orderliness.

At EF, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our students, and our experienced staff are always available to provide guidance and support. We also provide pre-departure safety advice, orientation sessions, and 24/7 on-call assistance to ensure that our students have a safe and enjoyable study abroad experience in Tokyo. 

Do I need a visa to study in Japan?

Visa requirements for Canadian citizens planning to study in Japan change based on the duration of the program.

If you plan to study in Japan for less than 90 days, then you do not require a visa to study in Japan.

If you plan to study in Japan for a period between 12 and 24 weeks, you can spend your first 12 weeks in Japan without a visa. However, after 12 weeks, you can partake in a weekend trip with EF to Seoul, South Korea. Upon your return to Japan, you will be allowed to re-enter the country visa-free for 12 more weeks.

If you plan to study in Japan for longer than 6 months, you can apply for a Working Holiday Visa.

How much does it cost to study in Japan?

 The cost of studying in Japan can vary depending on several factors, such as the program you choose, the duration of your stay, your preferred accommodation type, and your chosen destination. To learn more about our prices, you can request a free price quotation: click here for a shorter-term language course or click here for an academic semester or year abroad.

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