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Why Choose Sendagaya ‐ Reason 1

Why Choose Sendagaya ‐ Reason 1

Higher Education Achievements

After being founded nearly 50 years ago in 1975, Sendagaya Japanese Institute Group has provided Japanese language education and Japanese language teacher training for international students, business associates, and general foreigners. Over 25,000 Japanese language students have been produced and are now playing an active role worldwide. Approximately 1,000 of our graduates pursue further education in prestigious Graduate Schools, Universities, or Vocational Schools in a year. We are proud of our unrivaled higher education achievements in advancing students to Graduate Schools, Universities, or Vocational Schools.

Acceptance Achievements to Universities/Graduate Schools/Vocational Schools
From the last 5 years

Acceptance Achievements to Universities/Graduate Schools/Vocational Schools
From the last 5 years

* During 2021 and 2022, the number of students decreased compared to previous years due to entry restrictions caused by the COVID-19. Consequently, the number of students who went to higher education also decreased.

2022Grad. School
Voc. School
2021Grad. School
Voc. School
2020Grad. School
Voc. School
2019Grad. School
Voc. School
2018Grad. School
Voc. School

Higher Education Achievements by School Name


National Schools

Hokkaido University, Nagoya University, Osaka University, Yamagata University, Akita University, Fukushima University, Niigata University, Gunma University, Shinshu University, Yamanashi University, Shizuoka University, Gifu University,
Mie University, Hiroshima University, Miyazaki University, Nagasaki University, Kagoshima University, Kyushu University, University of the Ryukyus, The University of Electro-Communications, Takasaki City University of Economics, Yokohama City University, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Osaka Metropolitan University, Toyohashi University of Technology, Kyoto Institute of Technology, others.

Private Schools

Teikyo University, Teikyo Heisei University, Waseda University, Keio University,Sophia University, Tokyo University of Science, Meiji University, Aoyama Gakuin University, Rikkyo University, Chuo University, Hosei University, Kansai University,
Kansei Gakuin University, Ritsumeikan University, Meiji Gakuin University, Nihon University, Toyo University, Senshu University, others.

Graduate School

National Schools

Tokyo University Graduate School, Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School, Nagoya University Graduate School, Hokkaido University Graduate School, Osaka University Graduate School, Tsukuba University Graduate School, Saitama University Graduate School, Kobe University Graduate School, Chiba University Graduate School, Kanazawa University Graduate School, Saga University Graduate School, Yokohama City University Graduate School, Hokkaido University of Education Graduate School, others.

Private Schools

Waseda University Graduate School, Keio University Graduate School, Sophia University Graduate School, Meiji University Graduate School, Aoyama Gakuin University Undergraduate School, Rikkyo University Graduate School, Hosei University Graduate School, Nihon University Graduate School, Komazawa University Graduate School, others.

Vocational School

Tokyo Institute of Tourism, Sundai Travel & Hotel College, HAL Tokyo College, Nihon Kogakuin College, Nihon Kogakuin College Hachioji Campus, Japan Electronics College, Yamanote Cooking & Confectionery College, Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo Animation College, Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry, Yomiuri College of Car Mechanic, Nakano School of Business, Waseda-Bunri College of Arts and Sciences, Shibuya Institute of Foreign Languages, Tokyo Communication Arts, Gregg International College, CAD Drafting Technical College, others.

Voices From Our Graduates

Chiba University, Faculty of Engineering

Zhang Shidong (China)

Sendagaya Japanese College

November 2020 ~ March 2022
Former school: He Bei Experimental Middle Scool

Student’s Experiences

・Why did you choose Japan?
 There are more laboratories related to Information Science in Japanese Universities than in China. Thus, they focus more on practicability rather than theory, and the subdivision of laboratories allows highly specialized research. Also, there are different areas of application for Information Science. For example, in China, companies use Information Science to improve their sales. On the other hand, Japan uses it to solve social issues and improve the lifestyle of its citizens. That is the reason why I chose to study in Japan.

Why did you choose Sendagaya?
 Sendagaya Group is very famous in China. Compared to other Japanese Language Schools, they have a long history, and many graduate students advance to famous Universities. Also, the ratio of students from my country is lower than other schools, so I would have many opportunities to speak in Japanese with people from many other countries. I also heard that the teachers were qualified and had studied Japanese language education at Sendagaya Group or other Universities. That made me feel relieved to be learning under them.

・How do you think the studies in Sendagaya have helped you? What has helped you with the University entrance exams?
 The class “Attention Points for Interviews” was very helpful. In this class, we learned how to speak and properly behave during interviews. Thanks to the interview practices and all the Japanese lessons, I was able to remain composed and answer the questions with confidence during the interviews.

・What kind of preparation did you do for the University entrance exams?
 The usual studies, such as reviewing EJU, interview practices with the teacher, writing the Personal Statement Essay, etc. I think that the most important thing is to focus on studying. Every day after school I would review the contents I learned at school. And then on weekends, from 10 am until 9 pm, I would fully dedicate myself to studying.

・What advice from the teacher do you think was useful?
 It was very helpful to receive advice from the teacher after practicing for interviews.
The teacher searched for common questions that the interviewer from the University I was applying for would ask, and give me thorough instructions.

What aspect of Sendagaya would you recommend to students who are thinking of studying in Japan?
 The classes are full of energy, which is a great environment for studying. The teachers always talk to us like we are friends. Also, they teach us knowledge that is not written in textbooks. They are very responsible and always answer our questions accurately.

・What is your most memorable memory from Sendagaya?
 That would be the fact that the “teachers care about their students”. I am very thankful for my teacher who even gave me interview lessons on days we had no classes. 謝謝老師!

Osaka University, Graduate School of Law and Politics
Chen Haoran (China)

Sendagaya Japanese Institute

December 2020 ~ March 2022
Former school: Beijing University of Chemical Technology
Major: Law

Student’s Experiences

・Why did you choose Japan?
 When I was at University, I became interested in Intellectual Property Rights Law. For a long time, Japan’s law has been a subject of reference to Chinese jurisprudence. And at the same time, Japan greatly emphasizes the protection of Intellectual Property Rights. I decided to study this topic because I am extremely interested in Japanese Intellectual Property Rights’ protection techniques and reasons. Just like other international students, I was struck by Japanese culture and became fascinated by it. Thus, after comprehensive consideration, I decided on studying in Japan.

・Why did you choose Sendagaya?
  I came to Japan with the goal of pursuing higher education. However, I did not know if I had the strength to go to a renowned Graduate School. That is why I decided to choose a school that would not only give me support to go to a prestigious Graduate School, but also support to enter a Vocational School or find a job. I chose Sendagaya because they mainly offer support for higher education, but provide us with other options as well.

・How do you think the studies in Sendagaya have helped you? What has helped you with the Graduate School entrance exams?
 Speaking from the overall curriculum, Sendagaya provided me with a great environment to study Japanese. Even for me who started with the Japanese alphabet from J1 and had trouble learning the inflections, I managed to master the basic inflections in Japanese in 1 term (3 months). Also, my Japanese improved without any complications through daily conversations with my teacher and my coworkers from my part-time job. I think this is the most important aspect of a Japanese language school. In the Preparatory Course, we have classes focused on preparing the Research Plan. For students who do not know much about a Research Plan, teachers can provide them with the most basic guidance, such as from choosing the topic to composition and writing. For students who already know the direction their research will take, they can use this class to ask questions to the teacher or receive guidance on how to revise the contents of the Research Plan logically. This is also a very important point. Many might feel like it is not possible to receive that much guidance on specialized content, however, the Research Plan and your specialized major are supposed to be mastered by no one but yourself.

・What kind of preparation did you do for the Graduate School entrance exams?
 For the first step, I gathered information on schools and professors. I recommend gathering information per school level as much as possible to find what kind of school teaches my major, what kind of professors they have, etc.
For the second step, I narrowed down some information I gathered. For example, if the advisor I am interested in is available, if the school has received international students in the last few years, if the chances of getting rejected are higher due to limited spots, if the examination day overlaps with other schools’, etc. There are several ways to narrow down the options, so it varies according to the person. I recommend narrowing it down to 5 or fewer schools and then applying to them.
For the third step, proceed to the application after carefully reading the application guidelines. Things did not always go according to my plans, so to all the students reading this: read the application guidelines carefully and apply as soon as possible.
Finally, start the examination preparations. Make sure to check if the Graduate School of your choice has made available the questions from previous years (3 years). If they are not available, go to the library and rent a book. If you cannot read a book from the library, go to the National Diet Library. The library provides duplicate services of documents so if you want to study important knowledge points, find a few essays and use the library’s duplicate service.

What advice from the teacher do you think was useful?                   
 When I was in level J1, I was being looked after by many teachers. At that time, I was preparing myself to apply for part-time jobs, and many teachers helped by teaching me basic Japanese. The classes were really fun. When there was some spare time, the teacher would often talk to the students. Because of that my Japanese speaking skills also improved. They also revised many parts of my Research Plan during class. They are teachers you can trust.

What aspect of Sendagaya would you recommend to students who are thinking of studying in Japan?
 Because it is a large-scale school, they also offer many types of support. One of them is support for higher education admission. Sendagaya also helped to make reservations for the COVID-19 vaccine, and provides information on applications for scholarships and events. It does not matter if some students are not interested in it, what is important here is the fact that the school can offer those information. That is why I believe that Sendagaya is a great option for those who are interested in Japan or in the Japanese language.

・What is your most memorable memory from Sendagaya?
 When I was on Level J2 I had a consultation with the school. At that time, my speaking skills were advancing quickly because of my part-time job, however, I still could not differentiate between honorifics and normal forms. During the consultation, my teacher noticed that and gave me some advice. After that, I became more aware of the differences between honorifics and normal forms, and now I am able to change in between them freely. My teacher’s advice greatly helped my Japanese studies.

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