How to Enrol
If you haven’t studied Japanese before, you are considered an ‘absolute beginner’. If you have studied Japanese previously, please see the information for New Students.
The Japan Foundation offers two regular courses suitable for absolute beginners. The Starter course is a year long, four term program that commences twice a year, in February and in July (Term 1 and Term 3). The 10 Week Taster course is a single term course that runs four times a year, beginning in February, April, July and October (Terms 1 – 4). You can find more information on our courses here.
Starter Course Applications
The next year long beginner course will be our Mid-Year Starter Course, which begins in Term 3 (from July 22). Applications for this course are not yet open. Please check back soon for more details.
10 Week Taster Course Applications
Applications are now open for Term 2 of the 10 Week Taster Course. This course is suitable for absolute beginners. Click here to find out more about the course details.
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Minato Online Applications
This beginner-level online tutor supported course is run through the Japan Foundation, Sydney. Applications for the 2019 Course will open April 1. Details are available here.
Beginner Course Mailing List
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This information is for new students who have studied Japanese previously.
Submit an enquiry
- Complete our enquiry form (below), and include details about your Japanese language background.
- If you are unsure of your Japanese level, you can use our self-level checker (included in the enquiry form) to determine which of our courses may be suitable for you.
- J-Course will get in touch with you within as soon as we can after receiving your enquiry.
★ There may not be space available in a suitable class right away. In this case, you will be placed on a waiting list, and will be contacted when a place becomes available.
★Depending on class availability, non –beginners can enrol in J-Course after term has commenced. You do not need to wait until the end of term or for the beginner application period to contact us.
★You can find information on our courses and their levels on the course overview page.
When a seat becomes available, you will be asked to complete a placement test to confirm the most suitable class level for you. This test consists of a written test that will be emailed to you, and a mini-interview at our office. (This test is separate to the self-level checker.)
- After receiving confirmation of your level through the placement test, you will receive an email asking you to enrol and make payment via Eventbrite or in person at our office.
- Once you have completed payment, you will receive a confirmation email from J-Course with your class details.
- You are enrolled!
Enquiry form and Self-Level Checker for Non-Beginner Level Courses
If you are interested in applying for one of our non-beginner level courses, please complete the form and optional Self-Level Checker below.
Enrolment for the Next Term
Application and Payment
You will receive an email from the J-Course team at the beginning of Week 8 of each term. It will contain payment and enrolment details for the next term, as well as a link to the Eventbrite enrolment form.
You must submit this online enrolment and make payment by Sunday of Week 9. Your seat for the class you are enrolled in will be secured until this date. After this deadline, your place may be offered to the next wait-listed applicant.
- A course fee of $350 will apply for the following term.
- This schedule applies from Term 2 to Term 4. Term 1 will follow a different schedule which current students will receive via email.
You will receive an email confirming your payment and enrolment after Tuesday of Week 10.
2019 TERM DATES
Term 1: Feb 4 – Apr 13
Term 2: Apr 29 – Jul 6
Term 3: Jul 22 – Sep 28
Term 4: Oct 7 – Dec 14
* J-Course terms run for 10 weeks each. As Monday, 10 June and 7 October are NSW public holidays, class will not run on these days but will be held instead on Friday, 15 June and 11 October respectively.
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