In the Daytime Regular Program, we go on outings by class or level several times a year so as to provide the students with opportunities to test out the Japanese they have learnt at the JLI. In recent years, we have visited museums, court houses, Japanese gardens and even a beer factory. In addition, Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin--the parent organization of the JLI--offers English courses for mostly Japanese adult learners in the same building. This creates occasions for the JLI students to interact with them after class or in specially organized get-togethers. Through these interactions, the students will be able to pick up Japanese values and ways of thinking by osmosis.
A standard living in Tokyo will cost approximately 60,000 yen/month, on top of tuition and the rent. We advise that you make sure to have sufficient funds for your monthly expenses prior to your stay. Students in the 2-year General Course will be eligible to work part-time if they obtain ‘permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted’ from the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau. If you wish to apply for the permission, you can make the request at the JLI counter. However, you cannot apply for it until after the first month of instruction has passed, as you would need time to get acclimated to the new life here. Also note that working part-time would not earn you enough income to pay all your monthly expenses.
JLI offers an optional medical checkup once a year to students enrolled in the 2-year general course. We also have basic medicine for those students who fall ill during class. In addition, there are a variety of medical clinics and services around our school. If you are eligible to stay in Japan for a year or longer, you are required to sign up for the National Health Insurance, which will entitle you to a co-pay of 30% at the doctor’s office. You can sign up when you visit your municipal office for residence registration.