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.

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 in universities, etc. in Japan.

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 September 16, 2015

Eligibility Area Japan
Applicant Organization *
*Japanese universities, etc. which have Japanese language teacher training courses.
Application Deadline December 1, 2015
Application Form JN-KR
Application Instruction / Application Form

2 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 September 16, 2015

Eligibility Area Japan / Overseas*
* Japanese nationals whose native language is Japanese from Japan and overseas.
Applicant Individual
Application Deadline January, 2016(TBA)
Application Instruction / Application Form Application instructions and application form are available around winter 2015 (in Japanese).
Reference

3 Grant Program for Japanese-Language Education Activities

This program aims to support Japanese language education activities by targeting Japanese language teachers and students of Japanese language institutions and organizations, in countries and regions that cannot readily access direct support from the Japan Foundation overseas offices.

Last updated September 16, 2015

Eligibility Area Overseas*
*Countries without JF overseas offices.
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2015
Application Form JN-FK
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

4 Training Programs for Foreign Teachers of the Japanese-Language(Advanced/Long-Term/Short-Term/Japanese descendants)

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

This program is designed to provide teachers (individual or a team up to 3 people) of the Japanese language who have specific challenges they wish to address or have issues they want to resolve in the teaching of the Japanese language (e.g., the development of teaching materials, teaching methods, curriculums, etc.) with an opportunity to acquire advanced expertise and skills concerning the issues, and develop their problem-solving ability.

Last updated September 16, 2015

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2015
Application Form NC-AJT
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

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

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

Last updated September 16, 2015

Eligibility Area Overseas*
*Except China
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2015
Application Form NC-JT
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

(3) Short-Term Training Program for Foreign Teachers of the Japanese-Language

This program is designed to provide foreign teachers of the Japanese language, who have at least 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 multicultural ability.

Last updated September 16, 2015

Eligibility Area Overseas*
*Except China
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2015
Application Form NC-JT
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

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

This program is designed to help improve Japanese language education for Japanese descendants in Central and South America, through providing their teachers with further knowledge on Japanese language education and honing their skills.

Last updated September 16, 2015

Eligibility Area Central and South America
(Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela).
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2015
Application Form NC-NJT
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

5 Graduate Program on 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, with an opportunity to obtain a Master's degree in Japanese language education. This post graduate program is offered by the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS).

Last updated September 16, 2015

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Individual
Application Deadline December 1, 2015
Application Form NC-GP
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

6 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 September 16, 2015

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Individual
Application Deadline December 1, 2015
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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