About B.I.L.

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Admissions


I would like to apply from overseas. When is the application deadline?
For the April admission, the application period is from October 1st to the end of December. For the October admission, the application period is from April 1st to the end of July. However, as soon as the course becomes full, the application period closes.

I currently hold a dependent visa. Can I enroll at BIL?
If your visa period of stay is longer than the enrollment period at BIL and you are eligible for the admission, you can apply for BIL. Please inquire us about the application materials to be submitted. The regulation is the same for those who has a Japanese spouse or holds a permanent resident visa.

Will I not be able to enroll at BIL if I do not have a Japanese guarantor?
In principle, a Japanese guarantor is necessary in order to apply for BIL. However, applicants from the countries where our overseas offices are located can use the school guarantee system and then a Japanese guarantor will not be necessary. For more information please contact us. For students from the countries where our overseas offices are not located and have plans to go on to Bunka Gakuen University, Bunka Fashion Graduate University, or Bunka Fashion College after graduating from Japanese Language Course at BIL, please contact us for more details.

Course


I am interested in Japanese Language Course but I have no knowledge of Japanese language. Will that be a problem?
No, that will not be a problem. Still, having some knowledge of Japanese language will help the study go smoothly. Most students are able to memorize Hiragana (a basic Japanese character set) before enrolling.

Are all Japanese language classes conducted in Japanese?
Yes, all classes are conducted in Japanese. The teachers will use easy-to-understand Japanese according to the level of the class.

Will there be any problem to study together with students from countries that use Kanji (Chinese characters)?
No, that will not be any problem. However, during the Kanji session, students from countries that use Kanji and students from countries that do not use Kanji will study in different classes.

I am a foreigner. Am I able to enroll at BIL?
Yes, of course. BIL is open to anyone who passes the entrance examination. Your nationality or major in university is of no concern.
There are people with the following personal backgrounds among the students of Japanese Language Teacher Training Course.
・university graduates (majored in Japanese language, tourism studies, economics, science, etc.)
・business people
・language teachers (e.g. Japanese language teacher, English language teacher)
・people who visit Japan on working holiday
・people graduated from Japanese language school
・people who took Japanese language teaching course at other school

I am interested in Japanese Language Teacher Training Course but I have no experience in educational field. Will that be a problem?
Most of the students do not have experience in teaching Japanese language. Only some of the students have the experience and would like to brush up their skills. You will learn and practice everything from the beginning. After a year of study, you will be able to teach Japanese language.

I am interested in Japanese Language Teacher Training Course but I did not majored in Japanese language at university. I majored in science. Will that be a problem?
No, that will not be a problem. Only intermediate or higher level of Japanese language skill is required and the most important thing is the passion to study. Japanese Language Teacher Training Course is suited for a person who wants to become a Japanese language teacher.

I have heard that, in Japanese Language Teacher Training Course you will learn how to teach Japanese language only in Japanese. In the future, if I become a Japanese language teacher in my country, I may have to teach in my own language. I am worried that the teaching methods might be different.
The skill to use intermediary language in teaching is also important. However, what is more important is the skill to make the learner enjoy learning and speaking Japanese. The purpose of Japanese Language Teacher Training Course is to help you acquire that skill. By learning how to teach Japanese language only in Japanese, you will understand how to encourage the learner to communicate in Japanese comfortably. It will be very helpful even if you become a Japanese language teacher in your country.

What is the difference between studying Japanese language education at a graduate school and studying in Japanese Language Teacher Training Course at BIL?
At a graduate school, you have to decide a topic of research by yourself and write a thesis. However, in Japanese Language Teacher Training Course, you will learn things and techniques needed for teaching Japanese language and you will have a chance to practice what you learned. In other words, it is a practical course. After a year of study, you will be able to teach Japanese language. That is what makes this course different from studying at a graduate school.

Is it possible to study in Business Japanese Interpreting Course only for a year?
Technically Business Japanese Interpreting Course is a 2-year course but it is up to you if you decide to take the course only for a year. If you manage to get a job during the first year, decide to go back to your country and start your own business, or have your own circumstances, you can stop taking the course. However, you will not receive the diploma if you do not finish the second year of the course. The real purpose of Business Japanese Interpreting Course is not just to get a job but to help you acquire knowledge and skill set needed for a job. You will need 2 years to successfully learn everything.

Opportunities after Graduation


I am interested in Japanese Language Teacher Training Course. Are there any graduates who work as Japanese language teachers in Japan?
Yes, there are. At present the employment situation for Japanese language teacher is better than in the past. The demand for teachers who can speak their native languages also increases. However, some of the graduates went on to technical school, university or graduate school before working as Japanese language teachers. If you are graduated from a university, you might have a better chance at getting job in Japan.

Are there any kinds of jobs other than Japanese language teachers?
There are many opportunities after graduation, for example, working as a Japanese language teacher, going on to a university, or working in a company. There are also graduates who work as Japanese language teachers while having other jobs.

I would like to find a job in Japan after graduating from Business Japanese Interpreting Course. Is it more advantageous to have a university degree from my country?
Holding a university degree (4-year program) will give you more opportunities in finding jobs in Japan. However, there is an option to go on to a university in Japan if you have not graduated from a university in your country. Also, after finishing Business Japanese Interpreting Course, you will receive a diploma. Holding a diploma will allow you to apply for jobs in Japan. Many graduates are able to get jobs with the diploma from the course.

What kind of jobs do graduates of Business Japanese Interpreting Course have?
Our graduates work in many fields which allow them to utilize their language skills.
One of the things that Japanese companies (within Japan and overseas) expect from international students is the ability to translate and interpret. Business Japanese Interpreting Course provides many practical sessions which will help you get used to real work environments such as tour guide interpreting session and simultaneous interpreting session.

Student House


When do I find out which student house and room I am assigned to? When can I start living there?
Room assignments are made about a month before the entrance into BIL. Check-in into the student house for the April admission is April 1st and for the October admission, October 1st.

Can I continue living in the student house after graduation?
The basic rule is that you can live in the student house only while you are enrolled at BIL. Please understand that student houses only are for the new students who just arrived from abroad.

Campus Life


Can I work part-time after school?
To obtain permission to engage in a part-time work, you must apply for a "Permit to Engage in Activity Other than that Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted" at the Immigration Bureau. Also, you must follow the rules given below.
  1. The part-time job should not exceed 28 hours a week. Working over 28 hours a week is illegal and you may be deported from Japan if found by the Immigration Bureau.
  2. Jobs prohibited by BIL are not allowed. If you are discovered doing a prohibited job, you may be deported from Japan.
  3. During the first 3 months from the day of entrance, students of Japanese Language Course are not allowed to do a part-time job. We would like you to get use to life in Japan first.

I have heard that BIL has very strict requirements for the graduation. Is this true?
Yes. One of the requirements for the graduation is the attendance record of above 90% (80% for Business Japanese Interpreting Course). It may seem strict but every year over 80 percents of the students are able to graduate. Attendance affects the visa renewal process and your application for a higher level of education after graduating from BIL. Please make every effort to keep your attendance above 90%.