Japanese- Language Education Overseas

To build the foundation for promoting the understanding of Japan as well as mutual understanding between the people of Japan and people from the rest of the world, the Japan Foundation supports activities implemented by Japanese-language institutions and groups, and provides training programs in Japan for Japanese-language teachers and learners.

※We are no longer taking applications for FY 2017, except for the following program. Information about application for FY 2018 will be available around autumn 2017.

Program currently accepting applications for FY 2017

1. Overseas Internship Program of Japanese-Language Education

This program is intended to support Japanese-language education overseas through dispatching student interns who study Japanese-language education at universities and other institutions in Japan. This program also aims to provide student interns with opportunities to experience the field of Japanese language education overseas.

Individuals participating in any of the internship programs in 10 ASEAN countries will be dispatched as "NIHONGO Partners in collaboration with Japanese Universities" who support local teachers and learners of Japanese-language with the aim of promotion and enhancement of cultural exchange between Japan and Asian countries until FY 2020, when the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held.

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Japan
Applicant Organization *
*Japanese universities, etc. which have Japanese-language teacher training courses.
Application Deadline December 1, 2016
Application Form JN-KR
Application Instruction / Application Form

2. Overseas Internship Program for Japanese-Language Education (“NIHONGO Partners in collaboration with Japanese Universities”)

Individuals participating in any of the internship programs in 10 ASEAN countries will be dispatched as "NIHONGO Partners in collaboration with Japanese Universities" who support local teachers and learners of Japanese-language with the aim of promotion and enhancement of cultural exchange between Japan and Asian countries until FY 2020, when the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held.

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Japan
Applicant Organization *
*Japanese universities and other institutions which have Japanese-language teacher training courses.
Application Deadline December 1, 2016
Application Form JN-KR
Application Instruction / Application Form

3. Japanese-Language Education Assistant Program: J-LEAP

J-LEAP aims to strengthen and maintain the basic infrastructure of Japanese-language education and the understanding of Japan in the U.S. By dispatching Japanese teaching assistants, J-LEAP endeavors to serve the needs of U.S. K-12 educational institutions seeking to strengthen their Japanese-language programs.

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Japan / Overseas*
* Japanese nationals whose native language is Japanese from Japan and overseas.
Applicant Individual
Application Deadline January 20, 2017
Application Instruction / Application Form Application instructions and application form are available around winter 2016 (in Japanese).
Reference

4. Support Program for Organizations in Japanese-Language Education (Grants)

This program aims to support Japanese-language education activities by targeting Japanese-language teachers and students of overseas Japanese-language institutions and organizations.

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2016
Application Form JN-FK (only for (2) Russia and countries that DO NOT have the Japan Foundation overseas offices)
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

5. Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

(1) Long-Term Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

This program is designed to provide teachers of the Japanese-language in overseas organizations who are early in their career with an opportunity to improve their Japanese-language skills, acquire the basic teaching methodology and deepen their knowledge of Japan.

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Overseas*
*Except China
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2016
Application Form NC-LJT
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

(2) Short-Term Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language (including the “Special quota for Teachers of the Japanese-Language for Japanese descendants”)

This program is designed to provide teachers of the Japanese-language in overseas organizations, who have more than two years of experience in teaching the Japanese-language, with an opportunity to improve their Japanese-language skills and teaching methodology and to cultivate their ability to understand other cultures. Special quota for Teachers of the Japanese-Language for Japanese descendants will be set for the Short-Term Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language (Winter Course) aimed at Japanese-language teachers of Japanese descendants who teach in Japanese-language educational organizations for Japanese descendants in Central and South America. The participants making use of this special quota will attend some special classes.

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Overseas*
*Except China
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2016
Application Form NC-SJT
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

(3) Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language on a Specific Theme: ((i) Course Design and (ii) Development of teaching materials)

Training is provided on specific themes of (i) Course Design and (ii) Development of teaching materials in fiscal 2017, to deepen knowledge on theories and methodologies related to the theme and to improve educational capacity, with the aim of resolving issues in educational settings.
Both native and non-native speakers of Japanese may participate in this program.

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2016
Application Form NC-TJT
Application Instruction / Application Form

(4) Project-based Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

Training is provided to Japanese teachers who are independently engaged in projects to resolve problems or challenges they face such as the teaching materials or curriculum development so that they can improve their specialist knowledge and techniques in order to complete their projects. Applications as a team are accepted to accomplish certain projects. However, only three persons from each team can participate in the program.
Both native and non-native speakers of Japanese may participate in this program.

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2016
Application Form NC-PJT
Application Instruction / Application Form

6. Graduate Program in Japanese-Language and Culture (Master's Program)

This program is designed to provide teachers of the Japanese-language working abroad and government officials who have experience in teaching the Japanese-language abroad and are expected to be leaders of the academic world of Japanese-language education in their own countries and regions, with an opportunity to obtain a Master's degree in Japanese-language education.
This graduate program is offered by the following two institutions:

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Individual
Application Deadline December 1, 2016
Application Form NC-GP
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

7. Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields

This program is designed to provide specialists (researchers, postgraduate students, librarians, museum curators, etc.) who need a good command of the Japanese-language to conduct field work and research through an intensive residential training course on the Japanese-language.

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Individual
Application Deadline December 1, 2016
Application Form KC-G
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference
  • *Please read the details of each program and the appropriate application forms thoroughly.
  • *Please refer to FAQs for more information.

[Contact Us]

  1. (1)Applicants from outside Japan:
    Applicants should contact the nearest Japan Foundation overseas offices. When there is no regional office in the applicant's country of residence, please contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate-General of Japan.
  2. (2)Applicants from within Japan:
    Applicants from within Japan should contact the section in charge at the Japan Foundation domestic offices.

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