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At our Japanese language school, exceptional guidance counseling is offered to support all students--whether they are interested in continuing on to higher education or looking to obtain employment. Counselors are available for 30-minute consultations Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 17:00. The sessions are free, and students may meet with counselors as many times as necessary. Please reserve a time-slot in advance by entering your student number into the computers available at the Building 1 and Building 3 offices. Please arrive at your appointment on time in the counseling room.

Counseling hours Mon. to Fri.: 10:00 ~ 17:00 (closed Sat./Sun.)

Many students visit for consultations with questions and concerns such as:

*With my abilities, what kind of school can I go to (graduate school, technical school)?
*What kind of score do I need to get on the EJU in order to attend _______?
*I think I want to study ____________. In Japan, what department would I have to study in? Any school recommendations?
*How much is the tuition for _______? Do they offer scholarships?
*What exams do I need to take to get into ___________?
*I’d like to see copies of past exams. Can you tell me about past interview contents?
*What’s the difference between the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) and the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam (JLPT)?
*When are the tests administered? When are the application deadlines?
*Are there universities I can go to without passing the EJU?
*Are there technical schools I can go to without taking the JLPT?
*I have trouble with English. Are there universities without English exams?
*How should I prepare for the EJU?
*What should I do if I want to practice for an interview?
*Can you teach me how to write a research proposal for graduate school? How do I contact professors?
*Can I get a letter of recommendation from SNG?

Available information

Guidance counselors readily provide the following info:
*School brochures and details about international student exams.
*Entrance exam requirements, schedules, and contents, application information, tuition details,campus locations, etc.
*The EJU subjects and scores required by different schools.
*JLPT levels and scores, TOEFL scores, etc. required by different schools.
*Past exam contents and interview topics.
*Information from SNG graduates who continued on to higher education.
*Instructions for writing a graduate school research proposal.

Recommendation letters

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute provides general or school-targeted letters of recommendation for excellent students, provided they meet the following requirements.

It takes one week to issue a letter of recommendation. It also takes one week to issue Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute transcripts and attendance records (cost: ¥ 500 ~ ¥ 2,000 per page).
Letter of recommendation Basic School-targeted
Total Attendance Rate 90% or above 90% or above
Current/Final Term Attendance Rate 90% or above 90% or above
Course level Intermediate I or higher Advanced I or higher
Enrollment period 6 months or longer 6 months or longer


In addition to daily counseling sessions, higher education-related events are held at least once a month. We invite you to participate in the following events, especially those held April through September.

April In-school information session for students who plan to go on to higher education the following year July JLPT registration.
May University student advisory meeting (with SNG graduates)
June Second EJU practice test (off campus)
First EJU practice test (off campus)
July University and graduate school combination information session (off campus) JLTP exam
EJU registration
August December JLPT registration
September In-school information session. We invite
university officials to come and speak.
Private university and technical school entrance exam period begins.
October Second EJU practice test (off campus)
November Second EJU exam
December JLPT exam
January IPublic university entrance exam period begins
February Registration for next year’s first EJU exam
March Graduation ceremony