We offer several services to ensure the most enjoyable
and fulfilling experience possible.

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    Before arriving

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    Through Graduation

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    24 Hour

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    University Credits

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    Support for Minors

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    Other Services

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    your life!


From start to finish and beyond, we provide the support you need.

Visa Information

There are several routes you can take to study with JaLS GROUP and we provide assistance every step of the way. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan provides information about visas on its website which can be accessed at

Types of Visas Available

Choose the appropriate visa to begin your journey with us.

Visa Waiver

Japan has visa exemption arrangements with 68 countries. See the complete list below.

Tourist /
Short-Stay Visa

If you are not eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, you may apply for a short-term visa at your local Japanese embassy or consulate.

Holiday Visa

People from select countries may apply for this visa which allows for work and study in Japan for 1 year.

Visa Waiver

Nationals and citizens from the following countried do not need a visa for entering Japan and studying with JaLS GROUP. Please visit the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the latest information (



Countries and regions Period of stay
Brunei / Thailand / Indonesia 15 days or less
Hong Kong / Macao /
Malaysia / Republic of Korea /
Singapore / Taiwan
90 days or less
North America
Countries and regions Period of stay
Canada / United States 90 days or less
Latin America and Caribbean
Countries and regions Period of stay
Argentina / Bahamas / Barbados / Chile / Costa Rica / Dominican Republic
El Salvador / Guatemala / Honduras / Surinam / Uruguay
90 days or less
Mexico 6 months or less
Countries and regions Period of stay
Australia / New Zealand 90 days or less
Middle East
Countries and regions Period of stay
Israel / Turkey 90 days or less
Countries and regions Period of stay
Andorra / Belgium / Bulgaria / Croatia / Cyprus / Czech Republic / Denmark / Estonia
Finland / France / Greece / Hungary / Iceland / Italy / Latvia / Lithuania
Luxembourg / Macedonia (former Yugoslavia) / Malta / Monaco/ Netherlands / Norway / Poland / Portugal
Romania / San Marino / Serbia / Slovakia / Slovenia / Spain / Sweden
90 days or less
Austria / Germany / Ireland / Liechtenstein / Switzerland / United Kingdom 6 months or less
Countries and regions Period of stay
Lesotho / Mauritius / Tunisia 90 days or less

If you period of stay is 90 days or less, you may leave Japan, return, and be issued a new visa waiver. This may also be done before your visa waiver expires. However, immigration may select you for extra screening to verify that no crime is being commited, overstaying, or working illegally. In the event that you are refused entry, JalS group cannot be held responsible for any monetary or criminal charges you may incur. If you have any questions, please consult your local Japanese embassy or consulate.

Tourist /
Short-Term Visa

Those from non-visa exampt countries may apply for a tourist or short-term visa at the Japanese embassy in their home country. JaLS GROUP can provide you with a letter of admission to assist with the application process but cannot become a student guarantor. Tourist visas for periods longer than 3 months are generally not issued. We recommend applying at your embassy at your earliest convenience as processing may take time.

Working Holiday Visa

Year-long Working Holiday Visas are available to young-adults from select countries and offer the opportunity to work and study in Japan so long as the job is not the main purpose of their stay.
For more information, please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs's webpage or visit your country's Japanese Embassy or consulate.

Stays up to 3 months
People from countries listed under the visa waiver program do not need to apply for a visa before entering Japan. All others must apply for a tourist or short-term visa before visiting. Please contact your country's Japanese embassy for more details.
Stays from 3-6 months
If you are eligible for a 6-month visa waiver, no action is required before coming to Japan. If your country is not a part of the visa waiver program, please contact your country's Japanese embassy for visa inquiries or assistance.
Stays lasting more than 6 months
If you plan to stay for more than 6 months in a year, you will need to apply for a visa before coming to Japan. Tourist, short-term, and working holiday visas may be used to study with JaLS GROUP. We are not able to sponsor student visas but can help connect you with a language school that does.

Application to Arrival

Take these steps to start your journey with us

Process up until arriving

Make inquiries via our inquiry form, email, or by phone.
Request a quotation via our request form. We will send you the estimate via email.
Register via the online registration form or we can send you forms via email. Once received, please complete and return them to us.
When you register, we will send you a reservation confirmation along with an invoice via email.
Make your payment by the payment due date indicated on the invoice. We accept payments via bank transfer or via online payment systems.
After your payment is confirmed, we will send you a letter of admission and other documents at least 2 months prior to your enrollment.
We will send you information regarding your accomodation including maps.
Depart for Japan!

Arrival to Graduation

What to expect during your stay

Process through graduation

When you arrive at the aiport, please use public transportation or a taxi to get to your accomodation. You will receive materials with details about the location of your stay ahead of time.
note:We also offer an airport pick-up service for a fee (please contact us for more information).
Your program will begin on a Monday. Please arrive by 9:00 AM for orientation. Japanese lessons begin at 9:30 AM. This is where your experience with JaLS begins!
We have various activities that vary by course. Please see our sample schedule for a sample schedule.
You will graduate on a Friday. When your classes finish, a graduation ceremony will be held, and a certificate of completion awarded. Please enjoy your last moments in Japan by joining us for a party after school. Be sure to also take time to visit other parts of Japan.
When you are prepared, make your way to the airport. Remember that you are always welcome at JaLS GROUP schools. We hope you will study with us again in the future.
High quality lessons with our instructors are also availble to JaLS GROUP graduates over Skype.

24 Hour Support

We're here for you whenever you need help.

Emergency Support

If you become ill, have an emergency, or are in need of immediate help, please call the emergency number provided in your program materials.

University Credits

Earn credit towards your graduation in your home country
with our certified teachers and intensive language programs.

Turn your time, money, and effort into credits

In many cases, your experience abroad may be eligible for university credit in your home country. If you are interested in receiving credit at your home institution, please consult your school about requirements. We will do what we can support you in the process. However, understand that the final decision to award credit lies with your university.

Support fo Minors

We provide the assistance necessary for minors to thrive in Japan.

Individualized support to meet you needs

We understand the concern for safety while abroad. Our teachers and staff go out of their way to make sure each and every one of our students has a safe, enjoyable, and memorable experience while they study with us in Japan. Minors and their guardians can be confident that student will be well cared for in all aspects of their life while before, during, and after lessons.

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    24 Hour Support

    Peace of mind at all times. Call us at our emergency number should the need for immediate assitance arise.

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    Carefully Selected Host Families

    Our host families are interviewed and carefully screened before being paired with JaLS GROUP program participants.

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    Mobile Phone Rentals

    We can help arrange a mobile phone rental to use in your everyday life in Japan as well as stay in touch with loved ones back home.

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    Personal Alarms

    Should you feel unsafe or are unable to move whilst you are about town, you can use this small personal alarm to alert people around you and receive assistance.

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    Free Counseling

    Living in another country can be difficult. For this reason we offer free counseling services for those who would like personal, emotional, or any other support.

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    Airport Pickup

    Airport Pickup services are available to get you from the airport to your accomodation. Please contact us for more information including fees.

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    Hospital/Clinic Chaperone Service

    Language barriers can make receiving necessary medical assistance difficult. Our chaperone services not only help you get to and from the clinic, but also communicate with care providers.

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    Safe Locations (Sapporo and Kyoto)

    Safety is always a concern when spending time abroad. Japan is one of the safest countries in the world making both of our locations ideal for study and leisure.

Other Services

Take advantage of our many support services to make your stay in Japan as pleasant as possible.

Everything you need for a pleasant stay.

We want to take the stress out of being in an unfamiliar environment. Take advantage of all of our services to truly enjoy your time studying in Japan.

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    Mobile Phone Rentals

    We can assist with renting a phone to use in your every day life and to stay in contact with family and friends.

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    Bicycle Rentals

    Get around town easily and quickly with a rental bicycle. Please contact us for more details.

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    Personal Alarm Rentals

    Feel safe and let others know when you need help with a personal alarm. Please contact us for more details.

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    Hospital/Clinic Chaperone Service

    Visit a doctor with confidence. We will help you receive any necessary health services.

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    Homework Support

    Having difficulty with your studies? Our support staff is here to assist you with any question you may have.

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    Individual Study Room

    Make use of our study room if you need peace and quiet to focus on your studies.


Japanese Language School