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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

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 4

Oct 7 (Mon) – Labour Day Holiday (No class)
Oct 8 (Tues) – Term 4 Begins
(Term 2 for Mid-Year Starter Students)
Oct 11 (Fri) – First day of class for Monday students
Early-Mid Dec (TBC) – Term 1, 2020 enrolments open
Dec 14 (Sat) – Term 4 Ends

Please note:

  • The term break between terms 3 and 4 is one week, as opposed to the usual two.
  • October 7 (Mon) is a public holiday in NSW. Monday classes for this week will be held on October 11 (Fri) instead.

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 payment and enrolment details for the next term, as well as a link to the Eventbrite enrolment form.

2. You must submit this online enrolment and make payment 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.


  • 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.

3. You will receive an email confirming your payment and enrolment the week after term has finished.

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.

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 the original class (Monday – Saturday)
  • Requests to attend a substitute evening class must be sent via email to by 2 pm on the day of the class you would like to attend, or by 2 pm on the day before the class you would like to attend if attending a daytime class.
  • 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.
J-Course: Substitute Class Application

J-Course Events in Term 4

Language Event Dates for Term 4

Oct 17 (Thu) – Tadoku Reading Nights
Oct 18 (Fri) RETRO HORROR exhibition opening reception
Oct 19 (Sat) Inside RETRO HORROR – bilingual gallery talk
Oct 30 (Wed) – Tadoku Reading Nights
Nov 2 (Sat) – Online Resource Seminar
Nov 12 (Tue) – Tadoku Reading Nights
Nov 28 (Thu) – Tadoku Reading Nights
Nov 29 (Fri) RETRO HORROR RADIO: Live Ghost Story Readings – Bilingual performance
Dec 6 (Fri) – Talk and Tea
Dec 14 (Sat) – Term 4 Ends

Tadoku Reading Nights
• Bi-Monthly: Oct 17 (Thu), Oct 30 (Wed), Nov 12 (Tue), Nov 28 (Thu)   6 – 8pm
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
• November 2 (Sat)   12:10 – 12:55pm
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.

Talk and Tea
• Once Per Term: December 6 (Fri)    6 – 7:40pm
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.

• October 18, 2019 – January 24, 2020
The Japan Foundation, Sydney presents HORROR MANGA JAPAN, an event program exploring hidden corners of the horror manga genre through an exhibition, talks and more. Several events will be conducted in Japanese, so it’s a great chance to practise your language skills in Sydney!

We recommend the following Japanese language events:
• Inside RETRO HORROR  gallery talk       Oct 19 (Sat) 11:30am – 1pm
Noriaki Suzuki, the curator of RETRO HORROR, will be discussing horror manga featured in this JPF exhibition. The first talk will be conducted in Japanese with an English interpreter, and the second will be held entirely in Japanese, giving time for Mr Suzuki to speak in more depth.

Close your eyes and immerse yourself in the strange world of spooks, folklore and old-school horror with these readings of uncanny Japanese tales. The program features works from two of Japan’s biggest names in retro horror writing: Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) and Edogawa Ranpo (1894-1965).  Two stories will be performed in English, and then two will be performed in Japanese. Come along and relax in a beanbag while letting the dulcet tones of the narrator wash over you.

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