We know that it can be hard to find information to a specific question on a large website. Sometimes, there is just no answer to your specific question. To make things easier, we have gathered a list of questions, with the respective answers, that have been asked many times by our students or that cannot be found easily.
A – Your School
Q.: How many students are enrolled at your school?
A.: Our average number of students per month is about 20 to 30. There are only between 1 and 7 students in each course depending on the course type. We keep class sizes at a minimum to ensure each student gets the most attention possible.
Q.: Where does the majority of your students come from?
A.: Most of our students come from Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland in particular) and Australia.
Q.: What is your average student age?
A.: Most of our students are in their late 20’s and older. That being said, students of all ages get along with each other very well at our school. They become friends very fast thanks to our small and family-like environment.
B – Study
Q.: How do you place students in a class?
A.: We recommend every student to take our online level check before they come to Japan. This will give us an idea of how much you already know. On the first course day, we do an in-depth level check with new students to find the most appropriate class for everyone. If you ever feel your current class is moving on too slowly, you can take a level up test at any time.
Q.: Will I have the same teacher for my whole course?
A.: In general, you will have one teacher for the entire course duration. Depending on new classes, you might get a different teacher after advancing to the next course level.
Q.: What does your lesson schedule look like?
A.: Classes are held five days a week from Monday to Friday. We divide classes into two blocks. The morning block is from 9:00 to 12:15, the afternoon block is from 13:00 to 16:15. Two 45-minute lessons are combined each into 90-minute blocks. Lunch break is from 12:15 to 13:00.
Q.: Can I do my language course and internship at the same time?
A.: No, you have to do them in succession. Though the order does not matter, we recommend you do the language course before the internship as preparation.
Q.: What textbook do you use?
A.: For our Standard Course curriculum, we use the Minna no Nihongo book series. The Mature Course uses the Marugoto book series. Private Courses can use either of the two or even your own book if you have a different one.
C – Work
Q.: What kind of visa do I need for which work program?
A.: For unpaid activities, you only need a Tourist Visa. If you plan on looking for paid jobs however,
you will need a Working Visa. There are many different kinds of visas and you should check which one fits your needs.
Q.: Do I need formal clothing for my internship?
A.: Unless it is stated otherwise, you do not have to wear formal clothing during your internship. However, we recommend you bring one set in any case for your company interview.
Q.: How should I write my final internship report?
A.: Your final report should be about one page long and it should include your tasks, what you liked and maybe did not like as well as things you have learned during the internship. Of course, you can include other topics as well. It is more or less a summary of your whole internship.
D – Stay
Q.: What costs do I have to expect when staying in Fukuoka?
A.: Living expenses can vary considerably depending on your consumer behavior. You should calculate with daily expenses of 3 000 to 4 000 yen at least. This number includes food, public transport, and the occasional visit to a restaurant or night at a Karaoke bar. You can find a comprehensive list with costs of different goods over at Expatistan.
Q.: Can I extend my accommodation after my course/internship if I want to stay longer?
A.: If you would like to extend your accommodation without booking a course or internship with it, the accommodation fee will be doubled.
Q.: When do I get details of my accommodation/internship company?
A.: We endeavor to provide you with all the necessary details as fast as possible. However, it might take more time in some cases due to specific requests or the availability of accommodations/companies. You will receive all details at least two weeks prior to your arrival.
E – Leisure
Q.: Where is the usual meeting place for activities?
A.: For most activities, we will be meeting at the school lobby.
Q.: Where can I find upcoming activities?
A.: You can find the activities for the current month on the Activity Board in the school lobby.
F – Finances
Q.: How do you deal with holidays that occur during my course?
A.: We deduct holidays that occur during your course from the total booking fee.
Q.: Do the prices on your website include tax?
A.: The prices shown on our website do not include tax. The Japanese consumption tax of 8% is added later.
Q.: Do you offer any free services?
A.: School WiFi and rooms for self-study are completely free of charge as well. We also organize a free Japanese Study Group each Wednesday and Friday to offer even more learning opportunities.
G – Others
Q.: What kind of insurance do I need for my stay?
A.: We recommend you get special overseas insurance. Some national insurances are valid abroad as well but you should definitely check with your insurance company first. Please note that you might have to cover bills within Japan by yourself first (medical service, hospital, etc. ). The insurance company will then refund the fees after your return.
Q.: Does Asahi Nihongo help me with my visa application?
A.: We are able to assist only with Cultural Visa applications for university students doing a long-term internship in Fukuoka. Our school is not authorized to issue Student Visas.
Q.: I want to change / extend my visa status. What documents do I need?
A.: You can find the necessary documents for all visa matters on the official page of the Ministry of Justice.
Q.: Do I need a re-entry permit if I want to leave Japan during my stay?
A.: If you hold any visa other than “Temporary Visitor” (Tourist Visa), you do not need to apply for a re-entry permit. When leaving Japan, you simply tell the officer at the airport that you would like to return to Japan with your current visa. Immigration is a very subjective and case-by-case matter however, so you should check with the immigration office before leaving whether you qualify for this special exemption. The official website has more details on the special re-entry permit.
Q.: I want to buy a bicycle. Is there anything I have to pay attention to?
A.: In fact, there are quite a few things to consider when buying a bicycle in Fukuoka. Fukuoka JET provides a very good summary of everything you need to know about bicycles in Fukuoka.
Q.: I cannot find my bicycle. Has it been stolen?
A.: It is very unlikely that your bicycle has been outright stolen. Your bicycle was likely confiscated by the authorities because you left it in a no-parking zone. In this case, you can collect your bicycle for a fee of 2 000 yen from the collection point at Tenjin harbor.
Q.: Where can I get WiFi and SIM cards?
A.: There are lots of providers and plans to choose from. Japanese SIM cards and WiFi routers can be bought from Sakura Mobile. For German speakers, comprehensive information about the different types of WiFi and SIM cards is available on Wanderweib’s blog.