Implementation of the Program
We said that groups receiving training should consist of 10 members, but that is just a guide. Training for less than 10 people is possible depending on the content and timing of the program or if participants are joining existing programs. Please inquire. The Institute has had a number of examples in the past, where the number of participants was fewer than 10. Even fewer numbers can be accepted in existing training programs.
As a rule, we limit participation to high school age and above, but younger participants may be accepted in some cases. Please inquire.
Depending on the availability of overnight facilities at the Institute, we might not be able to accommodate your proposed training program, so please apply as early as you can. For best results, we suggest determining your program and concluding the contract three months prior to your desired starting date. For projects in the following fiscal year, although we may provide an estimate and propose a schedule, our response of acceptance or rejection may be held until the end of the present fiscal year (around March).
*At the Institute, the fiscal year is from April 1 to March 31 the following year.
We ask that underage groups be accompanied by adults. Please contact us for details.
As a rule, documents submitted from the Institute are in Japanese only. For training proposals, contracts, and training implementation reports prepared in English, separate translation fees may apply.
We ask that families do not accompany the participants.
Arrangements and fees concerned with the Program
We ask that you purchase your own airline tickets for travel to Japan, along with overseas ravel insurance for the duration of the program.
We collect administration fees to cover the costs for program preparations such as staff wages, document preparation, and office supplies. The proportion depends on the content of the program (and is negotiable).
We accept payment in Japanese yen. Please have the payment transferred from an account in the name of the consignee to the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai. We ask that you also cover the bank charges, including those from overseas. Please note that we cannot accept credit card payments or individual bank transfers from individual participants.
If you know the number of participants and your desired program content, please fill out and send us this Request for Training Program Proposal. Someone in charge will send you an estimate and a standard training schedule.
Content of the Training Program
While it is desirable for all members to have the same level of Japanese, this can be overcome by dividing groups of ten or larger into smaller groups, for example. If group participation is not a priority, you can also consider joining other existing programs. Please feel free to contact us.
Our programs are designed according to your requests, but for short term programs of two weeks or less, we focus on using a lot of the Japanese that has already been learned, rather than teaching new material.
The Institute cooperates with elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and universities, among others, have successfully conducted exchanges between program participants and Japanese people. However, please be aware that depending on the other party's schedule, it may not be possible to comply with your desired timing.
As a rule, we recruit host families through members of international exchange groups in the Sennan district of Osaka Prefecture near the Institute.
Let us know which culture experience you're interested in, from kimono dressing (using yukata), tea ceremony, calligraphy, flower arrangement, taiko drum, aiki jujutsu, and so on. Please understand that instructors of the culture experience program are outsourced, so depending on the instructor's schedule, we may not be able to fulfill your request.
Life during the Program
The Institute's facilities are as follows. Click here for details.
Accommodation (single rooms), classrooms, library, self-study room (with computer and printer), cafeteria, hall, Japanese-style room, kitchen, laundry room, training room, lounge
Staff is on call 24 hours a day and members are ready to respond to any trouble whether it is late at night or early in the morning.
Yes. The Institute library is stocked with a good selection of books written in various languages. Click here for more on the Institute library.
The Institute has Wi-Fi that you can use.
The Institute cafeteria offers meals that use halal meat. See cafeteria.
Separate praying rooms are available for men and women in the accommodations area of the Institute, which Muslim participants are free to use.