Study Abroad at the Tokyo Language Institute


    Studying at the Tokyo Language Institute

    TOKYO HISTORY: Unlike Kyoto and Nara, few buildings survived the devastating earthquake of 1923 and the bombing of WW II, so Tokyo today is more of a magnet of creative energy, global modernity, and wealth. An extensive train and subway system connect all the main city centers and sites, making it easy to get around. Overall, Tokyo represents modern Japan and it offers so many things to do and see for the first time visitor.


    • Minimum 2 week enrollment
    • Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly (January – December).
    • 4 lessons per day, 20 hours per week. Class time is 45 minutes per class.
    • Levels: beginning and intermediate.

    Japanese language courses are offered year-around, providing regular courses for beginners to intermediate levels. All students take a placement exam upon arrival to determine level, and placed in the proper course. Classes meet 4 hours per day, M-F (20 hours per week).

    Instructors are university trained to teach Japanese as a second language. Upon completing the program, all students will receive a transcript (certificate) stating the course, class hours, and grade.

    ACCOMMODATION: Applicants can arrange their own housing or can stay in a student type dormitory, apartment, hostel, Japanese style inn (Ryokan), or possibly even a host family. You can also stay in a youth hostel hotel, or even a traditional Japanese Inn (Ryokan).

    Dormitory housing offers a single or shared room and shared bathroom. Futon mattress provided, but no bed linens or towels. Students buy bed linens and towels there. No meals, but students share a kitchen in the dorm. Most of the other students in the dorm are Japanese students, so there are many opportunities to meet Japanese students from Japan. Dormitories are often located within 30 – 45 minutes commute. They fill up quickly, so early registration is advised. The cost of the accommodation is about $300 per week. Meals are extra, and many dorms often have a cafeteria where students can buy lower cost meals. CSA will provide housing web-links with confirmation documents.

    PASSPORT: Program is open to all adults from all countries. Passport required. No Visa required for U.S. citizens for the first 90 days (3 months). After 90 days, a Visa is required. Non-U.S. citizens will need to check with the nearest Japanese Consulate. U.S.

    ARRIVAL: All participants (applicants) are responsible for arranging their own travel to Tokyo, Japan.

    It’s easy to get to your housing from the airport, so do not worry about it. To help you with your arrival, please research online or purchase a good travel book on Tokyo or Japan.

    CAMPUS LIFE: The following activities will be included in the “Summer” sessions…

    • Summer excursions to: Nikko, Kamakura, Mt. Fuji.
    • Tokyo sightseeing: Meiji Shrine, Asakusa, Edo Museum
    • Cultural workshops: tea ceremony, ikebana
    • Entertainment: Kabuki
    • Student social gatherings (int’l student party)
    • Activities are “optional” and cost extra

    Besides the above summer activities as a group, students are free to explore the city of Tokyo. There are numerous museums such as the “Edo-Tokyo Museum” to visit, as well as historical sites, shrines, and temples. There are several day-trips one can take as well to such places as Kamakura, Nikko, and Yokohama. Tokyo also offers an exciting nightlife with its many night clubs, bars, and traditional izakayas.

    SHOULD YOU GO? Definitely! Tokyo represents modern Japan and it offers so many things to do and see. Tokyo has become an exciting urban-maze, a true megalopolis city of interconnected towns each with its own identity. You’ll be studying in the famous Shinjuku district, whereby students have convenient access to all that Tokyo has to offer. What’s better than to study Japanese language in the heart of Japan? Experience Tokyo!