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1/ 10

  • Academics

    4

  • Facilities

    3

  • Living Situation

    1

  • Cultural Immersion

    3

  • Program Administration

    3

  • Health & Safety

    1

Avoid this school at all costs.

I signed up for classes here beginning in Summer 2016 with the intention of studying here until March 2018. Ultimately, I quit the course after one year and three months due to JCLI having an overall very poor program. They only focus on reading and writing, and there is very little listening practice at all. We never, ever practiced speaking. What this means is that by the end of the course you will be able to read and write Japanese and listen to some extent, but you will not be able to speak Japanese at all. I made the decision to take trial lessons at Japanese conversational schools in the Tokyo area and in the end I quit JCLI in favor of a different school. However, JCLI is plagued by a multitude of other problems outside of its actual coursework as well.

JCLI operates in the Okubo and Shin-Okubo areas of Tokyo, which are quite disgusting areas. I lived in the Akabane dormitory for five months and Akabane is a dangerous area also. I was approached by prostitutes outside of the train station almost daily when coming home from work or even school. The dormitory is infested with roaches. The students did not dispose of food trash properly, and the kitchen area was very very dirty. The sink was always full of food chunks and the counters were covered in slime and vegetable chunks. There were roaches in both the kitchen area and the rooms in which the students slept. I had a friend who lived in the Shin Okubo dormitory, he said the conditions there were the same, except that there were often fights between the Sri Lankans and the Chinese inside of the dormitory (The Akabane dormitory is almost exclusively Chinese, so I did not personally experience this). There were dormitory rules, but they were never enforced. Students often smoked inside of the dormitory, did not clean up after themselves, brought guests and alcohol into the dormitory, etc.

Thinking back on my experience at JCLI critically, I would not recommend this school at all. It is a visa farm and you cannot learn effective Japanese in their program due to both the curriculum itself and the noisy students who will not follow the teacher’s orders. If you really want to learn good Japanese, your best bet is to study at a school running part-time programs aimed at foreign nationals living in Japan. If you wish to come to Japan as a student and need a visa, I would recommend doing a university language program that filters into their main university courses but I do not recommend studying at a private language school such as JCLI or any similar programs. Businesses such as JCLI exist to profit off their students and do not actually care whether or not you learn Japanese, however the government is pushing to increase the student population due to the 2020 Olympics so it is very easy for businesses such as this to get away with some pretty corrupt stuff. Your best bet is to due a university program. Avoid this school at all costs.