Student Life

Studying at TIJ: “A Safe and Enjoyable Life Abroad”


TIJ Tokyo Institute of Japanese provides a dormitory for its students. Students share rooms assigned according to the hometown or home country for students who may feel anxiety on their first study abroad program in Japan.

As the courses progress, the country barrier is broken and students are able to come together as a group with the common purpose of studying Japanese. Students in the dormitory help each other whenever a problem occurs. The network of TIJ graduates built up over the past 20 years has a family-like atmosphere, and exchanges continue even after they graduate.

The dormitory is equipped with all necessary electric appliances and the Internet inclusive of utility costs. We especially recommend the dormitory for new students. Students may rent an apartment in the school vicinity after they have adjusted to the life in Japan.

≫ Dormitory information


Part-time jobs

Students with initial anxieties of living in a foreign country will feel secure with the support of TIJ.Students are required to file an application with the Immigration Office for outside activities such as a part-time job. The Immigration Office will grant permission for a part-time job in the given job category up to a maximum of 28 hours per week, or 8 hours per day during vacation. While most students have their tuition paid by their parents, many students work part-time to pay for their living expenses.

Most students have part-time jobs at food and drink establishments, factories, carrier companies, etc. in Tokyo referred by their superiors and friends. Students learn on-the-job  about the rules of society and how the Japanese people think and act. This has become an important part of the student’s lives.

One day of a Foreign Student (case: Studying abroad)

7:30 Get up. Good morning!
8:30 Walk to school with friends from the dormitory.
9:00 Attend a class in TIJClasses start. Today’s lesson is on conversation and reading. The class is practical and hands-on so you quickly acquire skills.
12:30 Classes end. I usually study alone or surf the net looking for information on Japan or my home country. Today I had an interview with my teacher in the counseling room. I had a heart-to-heart talk not only about my classes but about my part-time job and daily life. My teacher gave me proper advice and words of encouragement.
13:00 Lunchtime. After class, I sometimes go for lunch near the school or have an obento. I heat it up with the microwave equipped in the school.
13:30 Study. A classmate that works part-time at the factory hurried to work. I had spare time so I went to the Edogawa Ward Library and did my homework and reviewed my studies.
16:00 Come home. Rest.
17:00 Part-time job in JapanPart-time job: 4 days a week, 900 yen per hour with meals. I work at the restaurant at Shin Koiwa Station introduced by my superior.
23:00 Come home. I have tea with my roommate that came home earlier. We have a lively talk about the mistakes I made at work. To avoid the same mistakes, my roommate gives me useful tips.
24:30 Good night.


Students’ Voices

Introducing messages from current students and graduates. You will get an idea of how life at TIJ goes beyond just studying Japanese.

≫Students’ Voices

≫Graduates’ Voices (Japanese)


Disaster Prevention Measures

Safety confirmation drills and evacuation drills are conducted regularly so that students, instructors, and school staff  are fully aware of disaster prevention. A BCP (Business Continuity Plan) which puts the safety of students first is in place.

≫Details on Measures (Japanese)

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