Grants for Swedish Students

Posted on October 26, 2009 | evankirby

CSN logo

As GenkiJACS has become a full member of IALC, Swedish students can now receive financial assistance from the Swedish government to study with us! This is part of the CSN (Centrala studiestödsnämnden) program to provide aid for students studying a language in another country. You must plan to study with us for 13 weeks or more to be eligible for aid. If you meet this requirement, you can apply directly to the CSN. It seems that this would provide for a 671 kronor per week grant, plus loans if required. This of course makes the cost of studying with us significantly cheaper!
For further details, contact CSN directly!

GenkiJACS Long-Term Study Course

Posted on October 20, 2009 | evankirby

One of the big problems we’ve always struggled with is that students can’t stay in Japan for more than six months out of a year on a tourist visa or visa waiver. This means the maximum length of study we could offer most students was six months, even if the student wanted to study for longer. Our other alternative was to apply for Ministry of Education accreditation, so that we could offer student visas ourselves. However, the barriers to this accreditation are incredibly high. At a MinEd information session we attended recently, they said new schools would need to both own the school’s building (renters not allowed), and have at least one billion yen in assets! We quickly gave up on that option, so instead, we’ve done the next best thing: partnered with a local school that offers visas, to run a combined course.
There are more details about this course on our website proper, but basically, you would study with us for 2-6 months, during which time we apply for your student visa. Then, in April, you switch to our partner school to study for a year or so with them.

Our partner school is one that we’ve worked with in different capacities for some time now. They’re also a relatively new school, and should be a good fit for our students. They mostly handle Asian students currently, but are interested in increasing the number of Western students they teach to. They’re also in the central area of Fukuoka, so pretty convenient.

The big advantages of this plan are of course the student visa (which also lets you work part-time), and that our partner school’s low costs make the whole trip more affordable.
If you’re interested, fill out or short form now for a no-obligation estimate!

More University Accreditation!

Posted on October 11, 2009 | evankirby

One more university offers credits for study with Genki Japanese School. Now students of University of Delaware can receive credit for study with us. Confirm with your program coordinator before you come, though!
For the current full list of colleges and universities, click here.

Online Video Chat Lessons

Posted on October 11, 2009 | evankirby

Skype screenshot

GenkiJACS has (finally!) started online lessons. Former students have been asking for this for the last couple of years – sorry it took so long! Currently we support the four major software choices, including of course Skype, but we’re willing to use other services too, if there’s demand.
Pricing is two-tiered: 3000 yen per class for new applicants, or 2000 yen per class for anyone who has studied at our school before or is registered to do so. Everybody gets one free trial lesson too, so you might as well give it a try!
Detailed info is here.

The major sticking point, of course, is the time difference. If you’re in the UK, for instance, we’re only online for you between 1:30am and 11am, so it might be tough to schedule a lesson. We’re looking at adding classes on the weekend or later in the evening for us, so if you’d like us to do that, drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do for you!

GenkiJACS Partnership Deal with JapanesePod101

Posted on October 01, 2009 | evankirby

JapanesePod101

GenkiJACS has signed a deal with acclaimed Japanese study website JapanesePod101, to offer our graduating students a whopping 25% off any subscription!
JapanesePod101 is a podcast based Japanese study website. Every day they release a new podcast, with a host of related study materials, aimed at a certain ability level. Levels offered are Survival, Newbie, Beginner, Lower Intermediate, Intermediate and Upper Intermediate, so they’ve got pretty much everyone covered! Depending on your subscription level, you can also access all previous content, which means hundreds of podcasts at each level!
Each podcast comes with the audio, lesson notes/transcription, and kanji closeup. Premium subscribers also get extra reviews, and access to a learning center.
The podcasts themselves are very polished and well thought out from both an educational and content standpoint, and we don’t hesitate to recommend this site to our graduating students, as an affordable way to continue their studies after they finish with us. And as the podcast information is mailed to you along with study tips each day, it provides a great motivator to keep up!
We give information to all graduating students on how to access this GenkiJACS discount. If you studied with us previously, and would like to take advantage of this deal, mail us and we’ll be happy to pass the info on to you!