KCP International Japanese Language School

KCP International

About

KCP International Japanese Language School provides students with a unique opportunity to learn Japanese through immersion. While most students are from other parts of Asia and instruction is in Japanese, English-speaking staff are available to provide language support and help. It is a highly challenging, immersion program all within the Tokyo's exciting culture. Visit the KCP International website to learn more about courses.

Founded
1983
Headquarters

KCP International USA PO Box 28028
Bellingham, WA 98228
United States

Reviews

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Owen
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was my first time in Asia. So everything was exciting and new. KCP is a great school which focuses on the language. That maybe sounds obvious, but it's not so much a "good to Japan and have fun" kind of school. If you're looking for that, I'd go elsewhere.

If you'd like you learn Japanese, and meet interesting people, go here. Keep in mind you'll have to make an effort to meet Japanese people, as the school is obviously, filled with non-Japanese.

Recommended if you want to learn Japanese.

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Samuel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time at KCP International Language School is something I still think about, even months after the program has ended. While there, I was able to accomplish so much that I had never expected to. Not only did I improve my Japanese language proficiency, but I was given the opportunity to explore a new country and make international friendships. Tokyo is such an amazing, accessible city that it's hard not to miss it once you leave. The school itself is in a great location, right in the heart of Shinjuku, and has plenty of great restaurants and cafes nearby. I spent a lot of my time with friends in the school cafeteria, studying for upcoming tests or helping each other with the homework. The school is also a great place to practice conversational Japanese with the other students.

KCP offers a lot of amazing experiences outside of the classroom, too. If you opt in, you'll be escorted through the different parts of Tokyo almost every weekend, giving you plenty of opportunities to see famous landmarks and historic locations. Another perk of being in the US program is the chance to spend a weekend in the Mt. Fuji area. The time I spent in the ryokan there is something I still think of fondly.

If you're able to go abroad and have real interest in studying language and culture, I highly recommend choosing KCP International. If your experience is anything like mine, you'll gain newfound confidence in speaking Japanese and many long-lasting friendships.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate in Japan was actually Chinese cuisine. A night before final exams, some of my Chinese classmates took me out for Chinese hotpot. They showed me what to eat and how to cook it, which was pretty amazing in itself. I ended up trying duck feet, cow artery, and sheep brain (among other things)! Definitely an unforgettable meal.
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Sergio
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This program was amazing. For starters, this program is cheaper than the majority of other study abroad programs. You will also learn more Japanese than other study abroad programs because KCP focuses on language. You will be able to converse to a certain degree within 2 months tops! Accommodation wise, it was phenomenal. The dorms were clean and had everything you could ask for. Not to mention how close it is to the train station. Did I mention this is in the middle of all the great parts of Tokyo?! I do have to say that the workload can be busy, so I encourage potential applicants to prepare to study as the Japanese classes here will require it. The KCP staff were really helpful and helped students get into the Japanese lifestyle. They are more than willing to help but you have to ask them! Students are from all over the world and you will have a blast meeting them. Overall I had a great experience and am grateful for all the friends I made in Japan!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Unlike other programs, this one is very serious on teaching you the language, so I encourage people to make sure that they are prepared to study a decent amount of time. You will be able to converse to a degree after a few months and you might wish to stay longer, I assure you!
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Evangelina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

For the 8 week program, I learned a lot about Japanese culture and language. This was the most intensive language class I have taken and I loved every minute of it. Also in the first two weeks, the program took us on a bus trip to the next prefecture over to visit shrines and a peach farm!
The classes were intensive. In the beginning, I was unsure and not confident in speaking Japanese despite learning for 2 semesters already. The teachers are really encouraging and I learned a lot from grammar, to speaking, to Kanji! Since I already knew Chinese, it was really interesting to see the different way Kanji was written to Chinese. In the end, however, I was able to even converse at a local thrift store with the salesperson!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Tokyo is full of never-ending adventures, so I definitely wished I explored more.
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Keira
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spending the summer in Tokyo, Japan was a life changing experience for many reasons. The KCP International Japanese Language School is a true gem and I consider myself incredibly blessed to have had this opportunity.

KCP provides an intensive language course (which is very manageable if you put the work in!) and many culturally immersive experiences. This school is a great way to learn the Japanese language thoroughly at a quick rate and gain a better understanding and experience of Japanese culture.

On top of the school experience, Tokyo in general is an amazing place to be. Every day in Tokyo was a brilliant new adventure and I cherish every moment I had there. I would recommend anyone to go to Tokyo.

Studying abroad in Japan changed my life for the better - if you get the chance to, go for it!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Find a balance! The school work can be intense, but it is manageable. You don't want to spend your whole time in Japan with your face in a textbook. Make sure you also take plenty of time to explore and meet new people. Japan is full of adventures!

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose KCP because it gave me ease regarding tuition cost and inclusion, as well as provided a very immersive system to enhance Japanese language proficiency. Also, being around the hub of Shinjuku, KCP is in a great area and there's always something to do. KCP is also a very renowned school so even entering in level 1, you advance further than you would in your average Japanese class in America.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My university assisted me with the everything but my airfare. Tuition cost total, room and board, meal plans and commute was all provided for me. And KCP provided support at all times. Myself, I had to organize the documents and airfare in order to complete the student application process. Regarding the Embassy, my school also helped and set up for me the necessary information so that I was listed as a student overseas in their registry.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

If you choose KCP, go with a serious mindset on learning Japanese but also take time to explore and LIVE in Japan. Also, don't be afraid to meet new people at restaurants, izakaya's, clubs, etc. In Japan, coming from America, everything is extremely inexpensive except for clothes. So enjoy as much of the food and convenience stores as you can because there's always something new you missed the last time.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The average week consisted of leaving my apartment/dorm at about 11am to catch the first train from Kasai to Otemachi. From there, I'd switch to my second and final train to Shinjuku, and study/talk with friends in the lunchroom until 1pm, when class started.

Because I was entering as level two, our classes consisted of conversation, grammar, Kanji and an essay portion in every class. In one week, you had three different teachers who had specific focuses. For example: Mon - Teacher A (grammar), Tue - Teacher B (conversation), Wed - Teacher C (essay and Kanji), Thurs - Teacher B, Fri - Teacher C.

Class then ended at 4:45pm. By then it got pretty dark outside so you could either head home to complete homework or go out to eat/hang out with friends before it became too late.

On the weekends, we would usually have a culture excursion, which included a morning lecture and an afternoon venture to a city within Tokyo as a group for full immersion.

The rest is what you make of it with new friends and experiences.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was if I would keep my shy personality and be unable to open up to people I didn't know. However, I have very good Japanese friends regardless, so with their help and with the activities completed in class to know my classmates more, I was able to open up and probably be the most verbal of my peers. Going out and enjoying Japan for what it was gave me confidence.

Is this what you really want?

Before you choose KCP or any school abroad, really think about where you want to go in the future by participating. You can think of it as an opportunity to just have fun or a stepping stone to more opportunities for your future. Not everyone gets to study abroad but those who do and dive into the new culture without fear will tell you it's an experience you choose for yourself. Is it for a future job? School credits? Personal interest? Language proficiency?

Whatever the answer, really think about it. And if you don't know at the moment then follow your gut, follow your dream or goal or interest. See what the world is for yourself, then make the decision that will change your life forever.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Tomohisa Tanaka

Job Title
On-site Program Director
Mr. Tanaka first encountered a foreign country, its people, and its culture during a three-year stay in the US as a child. In the process of learning English for survival, he became fond of American–English movies and humor. He started working for KCP as a student coordinator in 2001 and has worked for the program and its students since then. As a personal interest, he has trained in martial arts through the lens of katana.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

teacher and student in main lounge holding mustaches

Tomohisa: For us it’s the dedication of faculty and staff. Given the mission of Japanese immersion, they run with it: they really go out of their way to support the goals of people who study at KCP.

Faculty respect students’ diversity while at the same time teaching them the Japanese language, culture, and ways of thinking.

KCP is a place where people from a number of different countries gather together and study. By studying with colleagues from different parts of the world, students get naturally motivated to understand not only about Japan but also about other countries and cultures.

Motivation is a tricky thing: you can’t teach it. But you can provide a setting where it arises on its own. KCP, with its exceptionally dedicated mentors, mandate for all-Japanese-all-the-time, and multi-cultural setting, has found a winning formula for accelerated Japanese learning.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

Tomohisa: A trip in Thailand was very challenging and fun. Since for much of the trip neither English nor Japanese were useful, I was able to channel the experience of my students. Finding my own ways was quite an adventure.

Walking through traditional downtowns for hours visiting temples and feeling the breath of the country was very stunning and absorbing. In the Thai language I knew only “Hello” and “Thank you.” It’s amazing how well those two words helped me communicate with people in town. I thank the patient, accepting people of Thailand! I also had the great joy of encountering some graduate students and people whom I know in the country. Unexpected reunions bring a sense of magic to a journey.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of the KCP International team.

Tomohisa: Study at KCP is exceedingly intensive, which makes this place the best place to learn for those who are serious in studying Japanese. One day in the main office building I witnessed students from quite a few different countries all naturally using Japanese as common language in the school in their daily life—to each other and to KCP faculty and staff.

This has been repeated many times, but on this particular day, I first felt the supreme satisfaction of having helped these students make a sustained, deep cognitive effort to extend their language abilities well beyond what they thought was possible. It was powerful and remains so, every day!

It is also my profound pleasure to hear from students who completed their study at KCP that their study abroad experience was very memorable and productive even though they faced ups and downs in their study abroad life in Japan. I am glad to have taken part in such an important time in their lives.

What does the future hold for KCP International - any exciting new programs to share?

Tomohisa: KCP has just built a fabulous new main building on its campus. Of course it adds more space, which means more opportunities for new programs and expansion. Some of our new ventures include a program in teaching English as a second language, bringing more Japanese classes on campus, and faculty led programming. And the new building includes both a tea-ceremony room and a lovely rooftop garden, for a quiet retreat.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Tomohisa: I think the absolute most important factor in succeeding at what we do is our faculty and staff. They are by far our most important resource. The support staff is incredibly responsive to the needs of students—whether they are trying to attend an unusual event and need help, are sick and need medical care, or have some housing issues.

The teaching faculty receives the absolute highest marks from students for dedication, kindness, teaching ability, and focus on each student’s individual challenges. These are the components that KCP alumni mention the most frequently when describing the benefits of the program: that the faculty and staff really make it possible for students to achieve astounding Japanese language proficiency

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