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Kumamoto YMCA
Kumamoto YMCA College Japanese Department

Overview of Kumamoto YMCA College

Kumamoto YMCA started its Japanese Language Education Service in 1979, and has since become a place for Japanese study and cultural exchange between Japanese people and students from all over the world. In 1990, Kumamoto YMCA established its Japanese Language School and has since been authorized by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education. In April 2007, the school has changed from an incorporated foundation to a legally recognized, incorporated educational institution with approval by the authorities. Many graduates of Kumamoto YMCA apply of their Japanese proficiency in their study at Japanese undergraduate and graduate schools. We at Kumamoto YMCA aim at providing high-quality Japanese language programs which enable graduates to pursue higher education in Japan. We also hope to offer opportunities to develop multiculturalism and mutual understanding between people from all over the world.

School Data of Kumamoto YMCA College

School Data (September 2014)
Location Kumamoto-city, Kumamoto Accommodation Private Dormitory
Foundation April 1989 Membership Nisshinkyo
Admission capacity 140 Number of teachers 9 (Full-time:3)
Number of registered students (July 2014)
Number of students enrolled in short-term course without student visas: 8
Number of students enrolled in long-term course with student visas: 43
China
12
Korea
2
Taiwan
4
Vietnam
4
Nepal
15
Thailand
0
Myanmar
0
Mongolia
0
Indonesia
0
Sri Lanka
1
Sweden
0
Malaysia
0
USA
1
India
0
France
0
Russia
0
Philippines
3
Saudi Arabia
0
Italy
0
Spain
1
UK
0
Canada
0
Bangladesh
0
Cambodia
0
Singapore
0
Switzerland
0
Germany
0
Australia
0
Others
0

 

Features of Kumamoto YMCA College

Kumamoto YMCA Volunteer

  1. Providing high-quality Japanese language programs which enable graduates to pursue higher education in Japan
  2. Meeting International Friends
  3. Connections with Local People

 

Requirements of Admission

  • 18 years old and older
  • Completion of 12 years education
  • Have someone who is responsible for paying the tuition and cost of living during your course of study in Japan
  • 150 hours study of Japanese language or JLPT N4

Courses provided by Kumamoto YMCA College

1. Preparatory Course (Tobu YMCA)

Kumamoto YMCA classroomKumamoto YMCA adopts a homeroom system and places emphasis on guiding students toward next level of education.
Through consultations, homeroom teachers will gain a clear grasp of each student’s future goals as well as their motivations.
Teachers then create interview practices and/or thesis guidance suited to each individual student.

  • We provide thorough Japanese language instruction.
  • We emphasize the basics, including pronunciation.
  • We support your learning outside of classes (for example, homework and mini quizzes).
  • We design curriculum with a focus on continuation to higher education  (i.e. project work, computer training, English, Mathematics, interchange classes at local schools, and so on).
  • We offer private guidance for entrance exam, interview skills and essay writing.
  • We arrange opportunities for the acquisition of real-life Japanese through outside activities  (for example, interaction with local people, and so on).
  • Homeroom teachers are also available for consultation.
Start Date April, October
Duration 1 year and 6 months, 2 years
Schedule Mon-Fri
Number of Lessons 25 lessons/week
Number of students in a class Ave.
Required Japanese skills Basic knowledge is required

2. Short-term Course (Kamitori YMCA)

The basic curriculum is three months. Lessons are divided into different levels and small class sizes are taught by experienced teachers. Our aim is for students to master the four skills of “speaking”, “listening”, “reading” and “writing”, which are necessary in real situations of life and work in Japan. Students study in class and in off-campus activities.

Start Date January, April, July, October
Duration 1 – 12months
Schedule Mon-Fri 10:10~13:40
Number of Lessons 20 lessons/week
Number of students in a class Ave.
Required Japanese skills Beginner
Tution 53,060 yen/month

 

Destination of graduates

Destination of graduates (2012)
Number of graduates 24
Graduate School 3
University 6
Vocational School 6
Examples Kumamoto YMCA Interview LessonsKyoto University, Osaka University, Yokohama National University, Kyushu University, Hiroshima University, Kumamoto University, Nagasaki University, University of Miyazaki, Kagoshima University, National University Corporation Shizuoka University, Gifu University, University of Toyama, Fukuoka University of Education, Prefectural University of Kumamoto, Shimonoseki City University, Miyazaki Municipal University, Kumamoto Prefectural College of Technology, Tokyo University of Technology, Nihon University, Kinki University, Ryukoku University, Osaka University of Tourism, Osaka Sangyo University, Otemon University, Kokushikan University, Meikai University, Ritsumeikan University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Aichi University, Kumamoto Gakuen University, Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka University, Kyushu Lutheran College, Nagasaki International University, Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science, Nagano University, Hannan University, Tohwa University, Tokiwa University, Tenri University, Seijoh University, Kyoto College of Economics, Komazawa Junior College

 

Activities offered by Kumamoto YMCA College

Events

Kumamoto YMCA ActivitiesIn addition to school events, various activities are held throughout the year, such as interaction with Kumamoto YMCA members, sports activities with Japanese students of Kumamoto YMCA College, visits to elementary, junior high, and/or high schools, and more.

Private Conversation Practice

We provide you with the opportunity of private conversation practice with Japanese volunteers after school. We hope you will acquire not only natural Japanese conversation proficiency but also an understanding of Japanese culture by talking with many Japanese people.

International Youth Volunteers

The international youth volunteers, mainly composed of college students, gather at Kamitori YMCA. They hold regular meetings each month and plan events or volunteer activities themselves. Let’s enjoy international friendships with Japanese students at YMCA.

 

Accommodation arranged by Kumamoto YMCA College

Ariake So
Very safe because the matron is always present. You can also enjoy Japanese home-made meals for breakfast and dinner.
Tuboi Apartment
No utility fee! No service charge!
Corpo Flower
No utility fee! Unlimited use of the internet!Close to the JR Kami-kumamoto station!Very convenient location!
Monthly Karashima
5 minutes from the center of Kumamoto City (on foot). Bank, post office, convenience store and super market are at anextremely close range. Free NTT cable internet. High-grade monthly condominum

 

Tuition and fees of Kumamoto YMCA College – 2016

The tuition and fees of Kumamoto YMCA College are as follows.

Tuition and other school fees (Japanese yen)
Application fee (Preparatory) 20,000 yen
Admission Fee Preparatory 50,000 yen
Short-term 15,450 yen
Tuition Preparatory 1.5 years 900,000 yen
Preparatory 2 years 1,200,000 yen
Short-term 53,060 yen/month
Materials Preparatory 1.5 years 90,000 yen
Preparatory 2 years 120,000 yen
Short-term 5,150 yen/month
Dormitory (Ariake So) 170,000 yen (3 months, Mon-Fri Breakfast & Dinner)
Airport Pickup 23,000 yen

Sample estimated cost for one academic year – 2016

Here is the estimated cost for one academic year at Kumamoto YMCA College. It is based on private dormitory with meals. The estimated cost will be changed depending on how you stay.

Preparatory Course (Japanese yen)
Application fee 20,000
Admission fee 50,000
Tuition fee 600,000
Materials 60,000
Dormitory with meals 680,000
Airport Pickup 23,000
Total 1,433,000 yen

 

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