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Student Portal

Welcome to the J-Course Student Portal

This information is for current J-Course Students.

Here you can find all you need to know about the following:

  • Upcoming enrolment information and important dates
  • Requesting substitute classes and letting us know when you will be away from class
  • JPF events for language learners
  • Useful Japanese language resources

If there is anything else we can help you with, please don’t hesitate to contact the J-Course Team at jcourse(A)

Enrolment for the Next Term

Important Dates for Term 1

Feb 1 (Sat) – Term 1 Begins
(Term 3 for Mid-Year Starter Students)
April 9 (Thurs)  March 26 (Thurs) – Term 1 Ends

April 27 (Mon) – Term 2 Begins

Please note:
– Term 1 will begin on a Saturday, and class weeks will run from Saturday to the following Thursday, due to the Easter break.
– Weeks 9 and 10 for Term 1 have been cancelled due to COVID-19. All students will receive a refund for these courses, and will be contacted directly by J-Course with further details.
– J-Course is currently reviewing the course schedule for Term 2 in light of developments surrounding COVID-19. Please check back soon for further details.

See our Events Tab for more details about event dates.

Enrolment for Next Term – Application and Payment Details

1. You will receive an email from the J-Course team at the beginning of Week 9 of each term. It will contain a link to the evaluation for the current term and enrolment details for the next term.

2. You must complete your evaluation and submit an online application by Sunday of Week 10. 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.

3. You will be invited to submit your online application and make payment after completing your evaluation. Please make payment online via Eventbrite or at our office by the payment deadline in order to secure your seat.

4. You will receive an email confirming your payment and enrolment the week after the payment deadline.


  • A course fee of $350 will apply for the following term.
  • Due to course changes associated with COVID-19 restrictions, the course fee for Term 2 will be $280 for continuing students and $300 for new students.

Important Information for Re-enrolment in Term 1 Only

Course advancement requirements
In Term 4, Elementary 1Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate 2 students will need to achieve at least 60% on their final review quiz in week 10 in order to enrol in the Elementary 2Intermediate 1 and Advanced level courses. If you would like to enrol in one of these courses and are unable to attend class in week 10 (including any substitute classes), please contact the J-Course team via email by the end of week 7 in Term 4. We can arrange an alternative time for you to take the quiz.

Repeating or Skipping a level
If you are thinking about repeating or skipping a level, please get in touch with the J-Course team via email to speak with our J-Course consultant. If you would like to repeat or skip a level, your application will be processed after other continuing students. Please also note that a level check test will be required if you wish to skip a level, however it will not be required for students repeating a level.

Scheduling Information for Term 1, 2020

Here you can find the following schedules:
Class schedule – with information on when different classes are held.
Weekly schedule – shows when each week begins for term 1


Class Schedule for Term 1, 2020


Weekly Schedule for Term 1, 2020

Term 1 will follow a weekly Saturday – Thursday schedule, beginning on Saturday February 1 and ending on Thursday 9 April, due to the Easter holiday break from Friday April 10. Please pay close attention to the weekly schedule for this reason, particularly when scheduling a substitute class.
Terms 2 – 4 will run on a Monday – Saturday schedule.

Class Changes: Substitute Classes and Absences

If you would like to request a substitute class or let us know that you will be absent from class, please complete the form below.

For details of when other classes at your level are run, please see the class schedule.

Please note:

  • Students are entitled to up to four substitute classes per term, for courses that run more than two classes in the same class week.
  • Substitute classes are offered for classes in the same week as your original class (Saturday to Thursday)
  • Requests to attend a substitute evening class must be sent via email to by 2 hours before the beginning of your regular class, or 2 hours before the class you would like to attend, whichever comes first.
  • We cannot guarantee a place in your preferred substitute class due to limited places in each class. Please do not attend you class until you have received a confirmation email from J-Course.
  • To cancel or reschedule a substitute class, please contact J-Course directly.
J-Course: Substitute Class Application
I understand that my substitute class is not confirmed until I receive confirmation via email from J-Course, and J-Course cannot guarantee a space will be available due to limited seating. *

J-Course Events in Term 4

Language Event Dates for Term 1

Feb 4 (Tue) – Tadoku Reading Nights
Feb 8 (Sat) – Marugoto Online Resource Seminar
Feb 11 (Tue) 
– Marugoto Online Resource Seminar
Feb 12 (Wed) – Marugoto Online Resource Seminar
Feb 15 (Sat) – E-Portfolio Orientation Seminar
Feb 18 (Tues) – E-Portfolio Orientation Seminar
Feb 19 (Wed) – E-Portfolio Orientation Seminar
Feb 26 (Wed) – Tadoku Reading Nights
Mar 10 (Tue) – Tadoku Reading Nights

All Events after March 17 have been cancelled until the end of April 

Tadoku Reading Nights
• Bi-Monthly: Feb 4 (Tue), Feb 26 (Wed), Mar 10 (Tue)
At this regular event held in the JPF Sydney Library, you can gain confidence reading books catered to your Japanese level. Tadoku means ‘extensive reading’, and the aim of these nights is to enjoy reading material at your level, utilising only your existing language knowledge (no dictionaries!). At the end of the night, you are invited to share what you have read with other participants.

Online Resource Seminar
Feb 8 (Sat) 12:05-12:55pm, Feb 11 (Tue) and Feb 12 (Wed) 6:15-7:05pm
In this session, you will learn how to effectively use online resources created by the Japan Foundation to supplement your learning in class, help with class catch up, and much more.
Please note that the resources introduced are materials designed mainly for JF standard A1 and A2 levels (Starter, Elementary 1 and 2 courses). However, students of all levels are welcome to join this session. This seminar will cover the same content as our Term 3 seminar.
Registration: J-Course students will receive an email directly regarding sign up for this event.

E-Portfolio Orientation Seminar
Feb 15 (Sat) 12:05-12:55pm, Feb 18 (Tues) and Feb 19 (Wed) 6:15-7:05pm
In this seminar, we would like to introduce ways to utilise online storage and create your own e-portfolio using Google Drive, as a supplement to your physical binder.
Registration: J-Course students will receive an email directly regarding sign up for this event.

Talk and Tea
• Once Per Term: March 27 (Fri)    6 – 7:40pm Cancelled for Term 1
At this event you can meet with native Japanese speakers and speak Japanese in a relaxed atmosphere. You will be seated in small groups, and tea and snacks will be served throughout the evening. This is a space where you can enjoy talking in Japanese, and is not a language exchange. As a special end of year celebration we will be serving wine along with tea and nibblies for our Term 4 Talk and Tea.
Registration: J-Course students will receive an email directly regarding sign up for this event.

Resources for J-Course Students

The Japan Foundation has created a range of materials to assist with learning Japanese, including Japanese learning apps and websites. We hope these will come in handy for your study!

Marugoto Can-Do Checklists 

Click on a level to download the Can-Do Checklist for that textbook!

Marugoto Textbook Resources 

Minato Online: Online self-study courses that follow the same content as our classes.

Marugoto Web: Download supplementary materials from the textbook here (audio, vocabulary lists etc).

Marugoto Words: Make your own vocab lists and practice the pronunciation with audio.

Marugoto Plus: This website has extra activities based on the textbook including videos, grammar notes and exercises.

Other JPF Resources

Hirogaru: Learn about Japanese culture and improve your language skills through this immersive Japanese site.

Japanese in Anime and Manga: Learn useful expressions and power up your Japanese through anime and manga.

Nihongo E-na: A huge resource base for Japanese learning websites and tools collected by the Japan Foundation.

J-Learner: Our monthly newsletter, bringing the latest language news and resources to you!

Applications (For Devices)

Learn how to read and write hiragana, katakana and kanji with fun, easy to remember memory hints.

Other Resources

NewsWeb Easy: A site for Japanese learners to read simplified news articles. The articles act as useful lead-ins to the original, more complex texts.

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