Japanese language programmes

More and more Irish students and adults are taking up Japanese language for school, business or personal reason. As a result, EIL is finding the popularity of Japan as a study destination is increasing every year. EIL Study Abroad is immensely proud of the partnerships and programmes we offer in Japan for both younger students with no prior knowledge (Suwa) to adults who already have the foundations and want to continue forward (Tokyo). Both courses have small class sizes and feature homestays to get a real experience in Japanese family life, food and culture not offered anywhere else.


  • Suitable for ages: 16 +
  • Accommodation: Host Family
  • Sharing: single placements with family only
  • Course: 15 lessons per week
  • Supervision: Limited, but host family and coordinator in Japan oversee everything
  • Excursions: Activity and excursion programme included
  • Start dates: Year round, no set dates
  • Programme Length: From 1 week +
  • Class size: Depending on enrollments, could be private or semi-private



  • Suitable for ages: 18 - 50 years
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Sharing: No
  • Supervision: No
  • Course: 25 lessons per week
  • Spaces: 5 per term
  • Start dates: 4 sessions: Summer, Spring, Autumn and Winter
  • Programme Length: 4 weeks only


High school in Japan

We may have the ability to coordinate a high school programme in Japan on a custom basis with our partner EIL Japan. Please contact us for serious enquiries. Normally these programmes are available for full year or half year durations only.


  • Shorter term programme (usually 2-4weeks)
  • Flexible start dates all year round
  • Accommodation with host family or in youth residence
  • Study with international students
  • All levels accepted including complete beginners
  • Choose how many lessons you have per day
  • Focus on learning the language
  • Sign up for programme of activities and excursions
  • Learn to be more independent and/or study with a friend
  • Special Leaving Cert preparation courses available
  • Experience the native culture


  • Longer term programme (minimum 6 weeks)
  • Start dates depend on school term
  • Accommodation with host family
  • Study with native students
  • Must have basic/intermediate language skills
  • Standard school day (hours depend on country)
  • Experience a different education system
  • Study a range of subjects through the native language
  • Learn to be more independent
  • Improve fluency & exam results
  • Complete immersion in the native culture
... the trick is NOT to freak out. As a person who self-identifies as an eternal optimist, I did what any rational-thinking person would do: tore my room to pieces. Ten minutes later, everything I possessed had been flung about the room, making a mockery of my oh-so-careful unpacking, and I knew that my passport was lost. Not that that stopped me from checking every pocket of every stitch of clothing (again), or flicking through every single stack of books. Twice. As it turned out, my passport was in the ONE bag that hadn't made the transition to my second host family's house (the fact that I...
Okay, I admit it; This post is SHAMEFULLY late. I do apologise, but A) I` ve been having far to much fun to even consider sitting still in front of a computer, and B) I` ve been trying to avoid English as much as possible! First of all, I should probably explain where I am. Any of you reading this probably know that I was lucky enough to win the Japan Trip last summer, and I can honestly say that it completely erased any unpleasant memories of the dreaded L.C. When I think of sixth year, all that comes to mind are those six fantastic weeks I spent in Suwa . I`m happy to report that I am still...
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The moment I stepped into my first host family`s house, I knew I was going to have to make some adjustments to survive my six weeks in Japan: I immediately slammed my head into the top of the doorframe. This is not a country designed for six-foot plus, big-footed giants. However, as is clearly evident I have (surprisingly) lasted these first two weeks on the far side of the world! Not without a few mishaps, mind - but that`s half the craic, isn`t it? The first shock came just after I`d stepped out of the taxi after a 4-hour journey from Tokyo: I was going to have 3 host families! I had no...
Looking back over my photographs of Japan, I realise that I have yet to talk about my experiences in the city of Matsumoto with my host sister and her fiance. As my host sister was not, in fact, living in the same house as I was (she has graduated from college and is living with her fiance) I didn't get to see her that often, which was a shame because she was such an exciting, interesting, and friendly person. Our first meeting occoured at my house (or should I say Japanese house?) about two or three weeks into my stay. We got along very well, and she was kind enough to invite me on a day out...
While I was in school in Japan I took a number of classes; World History, Japanese History, Biology, Ancient Japanese, Maths, and English. I freely admit that, for the majority of the time, I was completely lost. I remember being thrilled every time I managed to translate any of the vocabulary being used in Biology or Japanese History, and I'm afraid that Ancient Japanese went over my head completely. Maths I could manage, as I had already covered their course for the Leaving Certificate, and English didn't cause me too many problems. However, my favorite of all lessons in school was sodo -...
Thinking back on my time in Japan, visiting the capital city, Tokyo, was one of the most fascinating experiences of the whole trip - and that is saying something. Tokyo, as I'm sure you all know, is a massive city, with a population greater that that of Ireland, and , obviously, I was only able to explore a tiny fraction of what it has to offer. Nevertheless, I was completely blow away by the multitude of sights, sounds, and even smells! Suwa - the town in which I stayed - is a quiet place, about the size of Cork, so it was certainly interesting to get a snapshot of city life for those living...
Hard to believe that five weeks have gone by since I first set foot into this house and met my host mother and father for the first time. It`s funny how different everything seemed back then, how unknown and unfamiliar everything was. Suwa really has become like a second home for me; a second school, second family, second room, second set of friends. While I know that I`ve only just scraped the surface of the Japanese culture, I really feel like I`ve managed to gain some insight into what it means to be `Japanese`, differences and similarities. Firstly, I must appologise for the lack of...
I think I`m gradually becoming aware of all the little differences that cumulate to make life in Japan so different from life back home in Ireland. Everyday I notice small, seemingly unimportant habbits and customs that, in reality, make all the difference. It`s really interesting to note how, while in Ireland we respond to a sneeze with a `bless you`, in Japan there is no responce - it is simply ignored. There is no greeting for people you see on the street whom you don`t know, and plastic bags are given out in shops free of charge. Baths are the norm rather than showers, and shoes are...
Konichiwa mina-san! O genki desu ka. This is my very first post from Japan, and I hardly know where to begin! I`ve only been here for a day, and already I feel at home. The atmosphere is incredible, and everybody is so kind and welcoming. I probably should be suffering from jet-lag, but I`m so excited by everything here I just want to keep exploring. The way of life here is very different from Ireland, and already I`m encountering different customs and habbits. I`m also trying my best to use my Japanese to communicate, and hopefully I`ll begin to improve soon; I`ve been getting lots of help...
I travelled to Japan in June 2008 to take part in EIL's Study Abroad programme and it was one of the most unforgetable experiences of my life. I went with two friends to do a homestay and Japanese classes in Suwa. On our first meeting with our new teachers we ate watermelon and chatted, and then we were collected by our host parents and brought to our new homes. I was both nervous and excited as we drove through Suwa, watching the town and all the beautiful mountains outside my window. When we arrived at the house my host mother, Sachiko, insisted I take a bath as I was very tired and needed...