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 | B – Study | C – Work | D – Stay | E – Leisure | F – Finances | G – Others
A – Your School
A.: Our average number of students per month is about 30 to 40. With 2 to 6 students, we try to keep our class sizes as low as possible. In summer, the range is 3 to 7 students as this is our busiest season.
A.: Most of our students come from Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland in particular) and Australia.
A.: Most of our students are in their mid to late twenties. That being said, students of all ages get along well with each other at our school and become friends very fast.
B – Study
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.
A.: We divide classes into two groups – the first group has lessons in the morning from 9:00 to 12:15, the second group has lessons in the afternoon from 13:00 to 16:15. One lesson is 45 minutes and we combine 4 lessons into a 90-minute blocks. Lunch break is from 12:15 to 13:00.
A.: No, you have to do them in succession. Though the order does not matter, we recommend to do the language course before the internship as preparation.
A.: For our standard curriculum, we use the Minna no Nihongo book series. Intensive conversation lessons use additional material like Nihongo Fun&Easy and Dekiru Nihongo.
C – Work
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
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.
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
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
A.: If you would like to extend your accommodation without booking a course or internship with it, the accommodation fee will be doubled.
A.: We endeavor to provide you all 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
For most activities, we will be meeting at the school lobby
A.: You can find the activities for the current month on the Activity Board in the school lobby.
F – Finances
A.: We deduct all holidays that occur during a student’s course from the total booking fee.
A.: The prices shown on our website do not include tax. The Japanese consumption tax of 8% is added later.
A.: School WiFi, beverages (tea and coffee) and rooms for self-study are completely free of charge as well. We also organize a free Japanese Study Group each Wednesday and Friday for even more learning opportunities.
G – Others
A.: We recommend you get a 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.
A.: We are able to assist only with Cultural Visa applications for university students doing an internship in Fukuoka. Our school is not authorized to issue any Student Visas.
You can find the necessary documents for all visa matters on the official page of the Ministry of Justice
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 if you qualify for this special exemption. This is the official webpage about the special re-entry permit
In fact, there are quite a few things to consider when you want to buy or ride a bicycle in Fukuoka. Fukuoka JET provides a very good summary of everything you need to know about bicycles in Fukuoka
Though there are cases of bicycle theft even in Fukuoka, it is more likely that your bicycle got confiscated by the authorities because you might have parked it in a non-parking zone. In this case, you will be able to retrieve your bicycle for a fee of 2 000 yen at the collection point at Tenjin harbor
There are lots of providers and plans to choose from. Japanese SIM cards and WiFi routers can be bought on this page
. For German speakers, comprehensive information about the different types of WiFi and SIM cards is available on this blog
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