Japanese- Language Education Overseas[Language]

To make the Japanese language easier to learn and teach, the Japan Foundation develops infrastructures and environments for Japanese language education overseas. In addition, it promotes Japanese language education according to the circumstances by country and region through various activities, such as dispatching Japanese language specialists and conducting Japanese language training.

※ We are no longer taking application for FY 2018. Information about application for FY 2019 will be available around autumn 2018.

1. 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 (TAs), J-LEAP endeavors to serve the needs of U.S. K-12 educational institutions seeking to strengthen their Japanese language programs.

Last updated September 22, 2017

Eligibility Area Japan / Overseas*
Applicant Individual*
*Japanese nationals whose native language is Japanese from Japan and overseas.
Application Deadline January, 2018
Application Instruction / Application Form Application Guideline and the Application Form will be available on the Japan Foundation's website around winter 2017.
Reference

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

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

Last updated September 22, 2017

Eligibility Area Overseas*
  1. (1)Countries which have the Japan Foundation overseas offices, with the exception of Russia, Cambodia and Laos. All support will be given via the overseas offices. Please contact the nearest office for available programs.
  2. (2)Russia, Cambodia, Laos, and countries that DO NOT have the Japan Foundation overseas offices.
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2017
Application Form JN-FK (only for (2) Russia and countries that DO NOT have the Japan Foundation overseas offices)
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

3. Training Programs for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa (JFJLI, Urawa) organizes the training programs on the Japanese language, Japanese language teaching methodology and Japanese culture for those currently working as Japanese language teachers teaching outside of Japan.
The eligibility, duration, and content differ in every program.

3-(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 September 22, 2017

Eligibility Area Overseas*
*Excluding China
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2017
Application Form NC-LJT
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

3-(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, with an opportunity to improve their teaching methodology and Japanese language skills, and to cultivate their ability to understand other cultures. Special quota for Teachers of the Japanese language for Japanese descendants is 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 at Japanese language educational organizations for Japanese descendants in Central and South America.

Last updated September 22, 2017

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2017
Application Form NC-SJT
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

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

Training is provided on specific themes of (i) Teaching Japanese grammar and (ii) Course Design in fiscal 2018, to deepen knowledge on teaching theories and methodologies 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 September 22, 2017

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2017
Application Form NC-TJT
Application Instruction / Application Form

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

Training is provided to Japanese language teachers who are independently engaged in projects to resolve problems or challenges in developing teaching materials or curriculums 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 September 22, 2017

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2017
Application Form NC-PJT
Application Instruction / Application Form

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

This program is designed to provide teachers of the Japanese language working abroad and government officials who have experience in teaching Japanese language abroad and are expected to be leaders of the academic world of Japanese language education in their own countries and regions/countries, 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 September 22, 2017

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Individual
Application Deadline December 1, 2017
Application Form NC-GP
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

5. 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 fieldwork and research through an intensive residential training course on the Japanese language.

Last updated September 22, 2017

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Individual
Application Deadline December 1, 2017
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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