Hokkaido Japanese Language School
Hokkaido Japanese Language School Programs
Hokkaido Japanese Language School, located in the center of the bustling and modern city of Sapporo, offers students the chance to study Japanese conversationally and culturally....
Hokkaido Japanese Language School’s Seasonal Courses take our standard 15 Japanese lessons per week and add 2 traditional culture experiences per week for six weeks. Our...
Hokkaido Japanese Language School Reviews
Two weeks packed of fun and happiness
Submitted by Ying Long - Jersey City | August 20, 2017
I couldn't have had a better way of spending two weeks in Japan. The staff at Hokkaido Japanese Language School is so friendly, helpful, and caring. The school is located in the heart of Hokkaido. Every day there was a new cultural experience awaiting for me. I left with many life-long relationships, much improved Japanese language skills, and deep connection to the city of Hokkaido.
I love jalssss
Submitted by Ayberk Balaban - Bogazici University | August 19, 2017
I studied for 5 weeks in Jals. It was one of the my best experiences actually. The school staff is really friendly and I miss everybody so much. They made me feel home. School actives was really fun and very well organized. I took also cultural lessons which thought me lots of things about Japanese culture. And lastly Sapporo is the best place for summer. The weather is really awesome. I hope I can go back to jals soon.
Summer 2017 experience
Submitted by Tomodachi Punch - MSU | August 02, 2017
This school is completely one-of-a-kind. During my two month stay with the JaLS family, the teachers and staff went above and beyond to help me both in and out of school. The lessons were the perfect mix so that they were challenging without being complicated. The school facilities are always superbly clean and well-kept. The accommodations were absolutely amazing! I went to this school to learn a language, but I left this school with so much more. Needless to say, there will always be a piece of my heart in Sapporo, Japan.
Learned a lot in a short period of time!
Submitted by Christen | July 31, 2017
I studied Japanese for 7 weeks in the weekly intensive program at JaLs and was very impressed with their quality of instruction, as well as, their friendly and very helpful staff/administrators. I also took a few weeks of private lessons (also at JaLS) which I found to be equally excellent!
This being said the format is quite intensive and there was a lot of new material to absorb every week. For me it required a lot of patience, determination and study to keep up but it really paid off in the end.
All in all I was very impressed with the school and would happily return someday if the opportunity were to arise.
A wonderful little program In Downtown Sapporo
Submitted by Neko26 | July 30, 2017
I took the Spring Course for 5 weeks, followed by 2 weeks of the Traditional Culture Course, and finally 5 weeks of the Standard Course (12 weeks total). The school is hidden inside a mid-rise building in the heart of downtown Sapporo so there are many exciting things to do and eat nearby. It may look a bit sketchy since there isn't a clear sign that JaLs is inside this building and the entrance seems to lead to nowhere, but the school is indeed there! Go up to the second floor and you will find a very clean and inviting lounge where the students gather. The classrooms are also very clean and have a welcoming atmosphere. The teachers themselves are very kind and want you to learn. This was very good indeed since I'm a slow learner and need someone with the patience to deal with me.
The rest of the staff at the school and cafeteria were very respectful and would do their best to answer any questions or help with any accommodation. The only thing to worry about is that when you register for an after school activity, once you pay you cannot get a refund. So choose wisely. The activities themselves are well chosen and showcase bits of Japanese culture or Hokkaido's beauty. Most of the students at the school were of high school or college age but there were also a few adults.
Probably my favourite part of the experience was the wonderful host family the school set me up with. It was a bit intimidating at first since I didn't speak a word of Japanese but the family truly wanted me to feel welcome there. There were a few rules I had to follow but they were very reasonable and help with the experience of family life in Japan. The food prepared by the host family was delicious too and they made every effort to accommodate for my taste.
I would absolutely recommend JaLs!