Genki receives accreditation for student visas

17 November, 2015

Genki Japanese and Culture School (GenkiJacs) has received government accreditation for its Fukuoka centre, meaning it will be able to provide student visas for eligible students for study periods of one year or longer.

A lesson at Genki Japanese and Culture School

Evan Kirby, Director of the school, said, “The government’s accreditation process for Japanese schools is extremely tough, including a requirement that the school must own its own building. Moving into our own six-floor building in Fukuoka in May this year removed the last remaining obstacle, so we are incredibly happy to have been awarded this accreditation.”

He added that Genki would be unique among accredited schools in that it limits class sizes to a maximum of eight students, less than half of the usual class size for accredited providers.

Genki is accredited to provide student visas for international students that commence in either April or October each year and plan to study for at least 12 months.

Student visa applicants must have completed high school in their home country and provide evidence of savings to pay for tuition and expenses during the year in Japan or a sponsor. Applications for student visas must be received approximately five months before the preferred start date.

“Government inspectors told us they had never accredited a school like ours before, so we are sure we will bring new ideas to the Japanese teaching sector, while also learning a lot from other accredited schools,” said Yuuki Yamazaki, Fukuoka Branch Manager.

GenkiJacs will continue to run both short- and long-term programmes at its Fukuoka branch, while the Tokyo school will offer short-term courses only.

Rie Kirby, Co-Director, said, “It has been my dream for many years now to receive accreditation so that we can begin offering long-term courses to the many student and agents who ask us for them. I look forward to meeting every one of these students in Fukuoka!”

Established ten years ago, GenkiJacs is also a member of the International Association of Language Centres (Ialc).

Matthew Knott
News Editor


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