Educational goals / policies

your potential is unfathomable when you can do Japanese.

" Increase your expertise at universities, graduate schools or technical colleges."
" Gain linguistic competence for international business "
" Broaden your horizons ~ cross-cultural communication with Japanese people ~ experience Japanese culture.

To make these dreams come true, Japanese language skills and a broad mind are indispensable!
Osaka YMCA Gakuin Japanese Department has developed a diversified curriculum to help students attain this goal. Additionally, the instructors are competent individuals with much knowledge and have expertise in their fields, the classes and materials which they develop are equally high in quality. YMCA provides an environment with up-to-date facilities where Japanese and foreigners can interact and establish mutual understanding. Or Advisors will help the students with their career choices and with life in Japan. advisors who will help them with their studies and life in Japan. Osaka YMCA Gakuin The Japanese Language Department strives to raise up open-minded students because your new-found language skills will open up to you brand new possibilities as you dream about your future.


Attain an advanced comprehensive level of Japanese

By individual learning methods incorporated at Osaka YMCA students can learn advanced Japanese comprehensively – listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will have the ability to pass level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, which is the level necessary for advancing to university or graduate school. However, in addition to gaining knowledge necessary for passing the examination, students will learn how to live and conduct work in Japan, understand Japanese culture and the Japanese way of life.

Achieve purpose of study, determine best course for future

All students participate subjectively in study and society. It is the purpose of the YMCA to help students to determine what is the best course for their lives.
In order to do this, the YMCA offers quality teaching and instructors who are able to work with students’ individual needs and help them reach their Japanese language goals. The instructors help students with not only their language studies, but also help them with adjusting to life in Japan, assist them with visa paperwork and also act as guidance counselors.

Adapt to different cultures through training via communication

Through cross-cultural interaction, students gain the ability to adapt and learn to live in Japan with people of another culture.

Assist – Japanese language fluency leads to various peace-making opportunities

Peace can be created on earth – it starts when people live with their neighbor in harmony. The YMCA wants to foster this opportunity, and therefore, in addition to school activities, students are given the opportunity to actively take part in various volunteer activities.


Knowledgeable, experienced teachers who are research enthusiasts

Osaka YMCA Gakuin instructors:

①Knowledgeable and experienced.
The instructors are not only leaders in their area of instruction and have experience as professors, but have written best-selling instructional materials such as the following books: Topic-based / Studying Japanese as an intermediate learner and Topic based/ Studying Japanese as an advanced learner – published by Kenkyusha Ltd.(『テーマ別/中級から学ぶ日本語』、『テーマ別/上級で学ぶ日本語』研究社)
The Japanese Education Association recognizes the quality of education at the YMCA Japanese Language Department and therefore it subsidizes the YMCA’s educational development research.

②Enthusiastic researchers who are avid students and love taking on new challenges.
The instructors are even more enthusiastic about their classes than the students themselves. The hold weekly research meetings, and stay late after work to discuss lesson plans with other instructors. They are constantly thinking of the needs of the students. They encourage the ones who learn slowly with supplementary materials. Instructors participate in an annual all-Japan YMCA Japanese Department research meeting where all the latest research information is shared.

Comprehensive Course

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school building Our beautiful school was newly built in 2002 and is located in central Osaka where the transportation is very convenient because it fronts one of the most important streets, Tanimachi-suji. The classrooms have ample space for studying, creating an environment comfortable for language learning. Each class has a maximum of 18 students.
<The Japanese Language Education Association Stipulation sets the limit at 20, therefore YMCA offers plenty of room for education management.>
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We have 16 classrooms for the Japanese classes from the third to the sixth floor and a spacious all-purpose room which is used for ceremonies and joint classes on the second floor.
Free Wi-Fi is available for our students in the first floor lobby. Students can use their laptop computers and smartphones there. Also, computers are available for the students to use for gathering school admissions information and to check emails

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Students can read university and technical college admissions material, get career counseling and use computers in the career office. Study books and school admissions guides are available in the academic affairs office for the students at any time. There is also a library.
A school yard on the roof is one of the facilities students can enjoy using during their lunch break; they can play basketball or futsal. We hold exchange parties and summer festivals there too.

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With the wave of internationalization surging in Japan from 1969, the Osaka YMCA Japanese School was established in order to provide foreigners with an education in conversational Japanese and Japanese culture. Afterwards, the YMCA began accepting Asian students who desired to study in Japan.
In 1985, the full-time Japanese course was established.
In 1989, Osaka YMCA Language School gained accreditation as a school recognized by the Japanese Language Education Association
YMCA continues to conduct education research and develop its teaching and has therefore become a leader in offering a high quality Japanese language. By diversifying YMCA Japanese language school strives to keep up with our ever-changing world.


1969 part-time course established
1985 full-time Japanese department was established at Dojima, kita-ku Osaka
1988 first student-organized “foreign student bazaar” held
Conversation partner program started
The Osaka YMCA international scholarship system established
1990 Abeno YMCA Gakuin in Tennoji established a full-time Japanese language department
1990 ‘How to become a Japanese language instructor’ seminar held
1991 Japanese textbook published: Studying Japanese as an intermediate learner (Kenkyusha Ltd)
1993 Japanese full-time program moved from Dojima to YMCA Wexel in Bentencho
1994 Japanese textbook published: Studying Japanese as an advanced learner (Kenkyusha Ltd)

1995 Japanese teaching material published: Advanced Japanese video educational material (NHK,Bonjinsha )
1999 scholarship system and support systems implemented
2002 School moved to new facilities in Uehonmachi and the name was officially changed to Osaka YMCA Gakuin The Japanese Language Department
2003 Japanese textbook published: Revised edition of Studying Japanese as an intermediate learner (Kenkyusha Ltd)
   introduced a scholarship system for NPO/ NGO authorized staff
introduced a scholarship system for Christian workers
2004 opening of “Nonohana Ryo(Wildflower)” student dormitory
2005 Seoul communication office “Japan YMCA Educational International Exchange Center” established
2006 Accreditation gained for “Curriculum Preparation”
2009 “Practical Japanese Course” introduced

Japanese language study collaboration

YMCA accepted the following groups sent by the governments of various countries.

2000〜 AIR FORCE officer training (US government)
2004〜2007 Japanese teacher training - for Australia (Austrailian government)
2008〜 Junior High and Senior high school Japanese study – British Council (British government)


●Japanese language study for Korean high school students
2006 Seoul Foreign Language High School – Japanese language study program (summer intensive)
2007 Su-won Foreign Language High School – short- term Japanese language study program (summer intensive)
2008 Dong-du-cheon Foreign Language High School – short- term Japanese language study program (summer intensive)
2008〜 Changwon-nam High School Japanese Language Study

1996〜 Taiwan Chang-hwa YMCA Group summer / winter intensive courses
2008〜 Utah (USA) University student summer intensive course (Bukkyo university lecturer dispatch

Research and Development Results

Research and development activities of Japanese Language education subsidized by the Nisshinkyo Foundation(The Association for the promotion of Japanese Language Education)

1991 Development of advanced Japanese instructional videos
1992 Vocabulary, sorting and sample sentences for intermediate level / advanced level learners
1993 Compiled sentence structures for intermediate level / advanced level Japanese learners
1994 Put together reading curriculum for beginner level Japanese learners
1995 Established a systematic and efficient vocabulary acquisition system for the advanced level – module 1
1996 Established a systematic and efficient vocabulary acquisition system for the advanced level – module 2
1995,96 『conversation partner program / Group counseling possibilities for foreign students
1997 native speakers incorporate use of their own knowledge in class instruction

2011 Development of the application for the iPhone to check Japanese levels.