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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 (non-beginners).

Available Courses

The Japan Foundation offers two regular courses suitable for absolute beginners, as well as an online course. You can find more information on our courses here. If you are interested in staying up to date about enrolment details, please join our beginner course mailing list by completing the form at the bottom of the page.

Starter Course
Cost: $400 (including textbooks and enrolment) for first term
The Starter course is a year long, four term program that commences twice a year, in February (Starter Course) and in July (Mid-Year Starter Course). It is a comprehensive course that teaches speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Japanese.

10 Week Taster Course
Cost: $365 (including textbook)
The 10 Week Taster course is a single term course that runs four times a year, beginning in January, April, July and October (Terms 1 – 4). This is an introductory Japanese class will help you develop basic speaking and listening skills to start communicating with Japanese people.
Click here to find out more about the course details.

We also offer a self-study-based online course through the online e-Learning platform Minato. Details are available here.

Beginner Course Mailing List

Join our mailing list to stay updated about upcoming course information! 

J-Course Beginner Course Mailing List Form
(Mr, Mrs, Ms, etc.)
Please confirm your email address.
Please note that you must be over 18 to enrol in our Japanese language courses
(A free library card is separate to paid JPF membership.)
***Our 10 Week Taster Course and Mid-Year Starter Course are currently suspended. If you are interested in receiving information if and when they return however, you may still select them below.***
Please notes that our Starter and Mid-Year Starter Courses are year long (four term) courses. If you would like to apply for either of these courses after they have started (i.e. enter from term 2 and beyond), you will need to apply as a non-beginner as the courses will no longer be at absolute beginner level.
You can include how long you have studied, any institutions you studied at, a textbook you used, etc. If you are absolute beginner, please write N/A.

This information is for new students who have studied Japanese previously.

Submit an enquiry

  1. Complete our enquiry form (below), and include details about your Japanese language background.
  2. 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.
  3. J-Course will get in touch with you within as soon as we can after receiving your enquiry.

Please Note:

★ 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.

Placement Test

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 online via Zoom.
Please note that this test is separate to the self-level checker.


  1. 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.
  2. Once you have completed payment, you will receive a confirmation email from J-Course with your class details.
  3. 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.

Non-Beginner Enquiry Form 2020
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(Ms, Mrs, Mr, Dr, etc)
First and last name
Please confirm your email address.
To participate in J-Course, you must be at least 18 years of age. Please confirm that you will be at least 18 by the time you join our courses.
Have you studied Japanese before?
(e.g. where and how long you have studied, any textbooks/resources used, and any qualifications obtained)
Would you like to use our self-level checker to work out the most suitable level for you? *
It will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Please Note
The self-level checker tests up to Intermediate 2 level. For those interested in the Advanced and Upper Advanced classes, please submit your enquiry form and J-Course will contact you for consultation directly.


When are you available to join classes? *
Please note that classes are held once a week, and class times vary depending on course level. Click here to see individual course pages for further details.
E.g. Not available Thursdays
Would you like to arrange a time to speak with us in person about course options? *

Enrolment for Continuing Students

Application and Payment

Near the end of term, you will receive an email from the J-Course team containing payment and enrolment details for the next term. We have a two week Priority Enrolment period for continuing students, during which your seat will be held for you. If you have not yet re-enrolled by the end of the priority enrolment period, your place may be offered to a wait-listed applicant .

Please visit our Student Portal for more information on re-enrolment:

If you would like to return after an absence of one or more terms, you will need to enrol as a new student. Please contact the J-Course team directly for re-enrolment instructions in this case.

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