Meiji Academy

Meiji Academy

About

Meiji Academy is an independent educational institution offering a variety of Japanese language and culture classes to make sure students can study in a way that is efficient and fun! The standard courses offer 20 classes per week. Classroom lectures along with training in real-life settings allow you to become accustomed to using actual spoken Japanese. Courses range from complete beginner to advanced speaker. Meiji Academy also offers intensive Japanese courses where students take up to 24 classes per week and have a private teacher to help focus on personal needs.

Japanese business classes and internships are also available. These courses are for people who plan to do business in Japan or with Japanese clients. The course focuses on Keigo (Japan’s business language), the Japanese business mind/manners and business role-plays.

Meiji offers additional courses in Japanese ancient arts, pop culture, and Kanji. Check out our website for more information!

Reviews

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Pierre
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Other language schools should learn from Meiji Academy

From July 13th to August 5th I've been studying at Meiji Academy located in Fukuoka. Two privates lessons per week and 3 hours per day in class, but it also felt like private lessons because we were 2 students which is nice.

Before joining the school I needed to ask questions regarding scholarship, visa, accomodations etc and the staff was really helpful and quick to respond. I received clear answers in english, wich was really reassuring since I was about to fly on the other side of the planet to meet them.

I've been studying with 3 different teachers and textbook Genki II during my scholarship. The teachers were really kind and competent, with the right amount of friendliness to make it interesting, and the right amount of seriousness because we're here to learn. They had different ways of teaching japanese but they all focused on practicing oral skills and fluency. I've never used Genki textbooks before and I really like it, it's great for learning japanese with other students in a class like this. The teachers also brought there own studying material, like other textbooks, newspaper, culture related articles etc. I only wished I had more homeworks assigned, but instead I prepared the upcoming lesson. Teacher and staff alike were always available to answers any language related questions.

The staff, was very friendly and helpful overall. They gave me good recommendation about places to see, food to taste, things to try. They brought really good insights about japanese culture as well. They also invited me multiple times to go to the onsen and now I'm love with it. Even though I stayed for 1 month, I was able to participate in a language exchange event with another school of japanese people learning english. They organised a beach party which was really fun; ice-breakers, games on the beach, watermelon and all. Good times, I practiced a lot that day.

Also it is worth mentioning that I lived in a homestay selected by Meiji Academy during 1 month. I know this is a review for the school but honestly it was almost the best part. My homestay mother was very kind and helpful in every way imaginable. Sightseeing spots, restaurants, activities ... She is also a japanese teacher in elementary school and helped me with vocabulary and tricky grammar. Also she had an adorable dog.

Here is my review for Meiji Academy. Maybe I should have said something along the line "Go to this school, it's great" but I would rather tell you my story. My language skills improved, I discovered japanese culture and I met people I can call my friends. Every aspect of my scholarship was interesting and entertaining. Never thought I would miss school in my life 😅. Thank you Meiji Academy.

Pros
  • Very friendly and community-driven atmosphere
  • Good learning material and teachers
  • You're not only taught japanese, you're taught how to make the best out of Japan
Cons
  • Classroom might be a bit small if there is too much students
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Mary
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best of the bunch!

This was not my first time studying at a language school in Japan, but it definitely stands out as one of the best experiences I’ve had so far. There are a lot of ‘cowboy’ language schools that us foreigners unfortunately fall into far too often, but I can say that Meiji is anything but that! The school’s location is very easily reachable and the school feels very welcoming. The teaching staff (as well as all of the other staff) are the highlight of this school! Always beaming and eager to hear about your experiences in Japan. It’s really the perfect environment to learn Japanese.

This is without a doubt a 10/10 language school, I truly hope theres a chance I can return there in the future.

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Niklas
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I would recommend these Japanese lessons.

I studied here for 2 months in Fukuoka and the lessons were very good. My teachers was easy to understand and they were always so very patient, even when my Japanese was struggling, and they motivate me to keep on trying. Meiji Academy also arranged for me to have a homestay with a really nice Japanese family, who showed me a lot of the Japanese culture and I was glad as I got to see the real Japanese home life. I made lots of friends in Fukuoka because the people of Kyushu are really kind, and I will continue staying friends with them for a long time, I hope to welcome some of them to Germany some time!

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Alison
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible Japanese School!

I came here with a good friend as we wanted to learn at least the basics of Japanese at the start of our stay in Japan. Meiji taught us everything we needed to know in a very efficient way, no time was wasted and at our request the teachers taught us a lot of useful Japanese that you’d actually use in daily life. For example conversations in a restaurant, in a konbini, at the airport, etc.

We had a lot of fun in Fukuoka, it is really an amazing city that in many ways reminded me of Australia - especially by Momochi beach where everyone is so chill! It’s definitely one of the lesser known spots in Japan so I would recommend it to anybody who’s looking for a more unique experience.

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Charlotte
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing value for money

For the price we paid, our lessons with Meiji Academy couldn't have been better. Our lessons were taught by native Japanese born and bred in Fukuoka, so not only did they teach us Japanese, but also a lot about their amazing city. The structure of the lessons was easy to follow and meant that it was easy to track our progress, we made a lot of progress!

I guess the whole advantage of doing Japanese lessons in Japan is the fact you get to experience the culture first hand. Outside of our lessons we were able to explore a lot of Fukuoka and the many amazing places in the surrounding Kyushu.

We came with a working holiday visa so our time in Japan has not yet come to an end, but Meiji Academy definitely gave us a good enough introduction to the language to make our stay here a lot more enjoyable.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

When I was looking for a language school in Japan, I wanted to be in a city with a nice environment and have flexibility in my course. Meiji Academy met both of these requirements. Lot’s of language schools require you to stay for around 1-3 months or over a year, but with Meiji Academy you can decide exactly how many weeks you need and can also customise which classes you want to take. They also have a school in Fukuoka, which I found was the perfect city to live and study in without being too overwhelming.

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

Meiji Academy helped with organising accommodation, being picked up from the airport, and doing events and tours to explore the city and Fukuoka lifestyle. However I had to sort out things like my visa, SIM card, and transportation. They give you advice in these areas but in the end you’ve got to figure it out yourself, which can be a bit confusing in a different language.

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

I’d say definitely research into what the weather will be like while you’re here. I mostly assumed that since Fukuoka is in South Japan, it would be warm all year around. Boy was I wrong. It got a lot colder in winter than I expected and I’d only brought a few jumpers. Especially if you’re going to be here for a long stay, make sure you prepare for all the seasons!

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

Classes usually start at either 9:30am or 1:30pm and go for 3 hours unless you have extra classes. Mine were usually in the afternoon so I was able to spend the morning doing whatever I wanted and could go meet friends for lunch later. After classes, Meiji Academy would sometimes have parties to eat Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, Nabe, etc. They would also occasionally have trips on the weekend, which was always really fun. Some of my favourites was going strawberry picking in Itoshima, or riding the boats along the canals of Yanagawa.

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 definitely the communication barrier as my Japanese speaking ability was pretty much non-existent when I first arrived. However I decided to jump into the deep end and stay with a host family for my first month. It turned out to be the best decision I could’ve made. They were so friendly and welcoming that I straight away felt at home in Japan. They introduced me to a lot of cultural things I wouldn’t have otherwise experienced and, as a bonus, my Japanese improved so much faster with having to speak it everyday.

This really helped my confidence with speaking and allowed me to use it in real-life situations, like ordering from restaurants or asking for directions. So I’d really recommend this for anyone that’s a bit worried about being able to communicate. Even if your Japanese isn’t very good yet, I found that locals really appreciate you at least trying to say a few words.

How could you have better prepared for your time in Japan?

I would’ve tried to budget my money better. I came to Japan thinking, ”I’ll just see how it goes“ but around a month in I realised how quickly my bank account was being emptied. Everything is so exciting and you want to experience it all, but of course everything costs money.

It’s pretty tricky trying to find a job or part-time work as a foreigner. If your Japanese isn’t at least an N3 level (JLPT) then you’re pretty much stuck with teaching English lessons (if that’s your native language). It’s also not usually paid very well either. So I’d suggest to really make a plan before you arrive to figure out the best way to make your money last.

Staff Interviews

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

Osafumi Hamada

Job Title
Japanese Teacher and Cultural Event Organiser
Osafumi has a background in Architecture and studied fashion in Paris for a few years. He started off by learning French in Paris; that is when he realized his passion for Japanese culture and he wants to spread this to the world through his fashion and by teaching Japanese.
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What is your favorite travel memory?

My favourite travel memory as when I was studying overseas. I had the opportunity to travel most of Europe and experience the differences in culture and traditions between Europe and Asia. That made my sense of pride as a Japanese stronger and I was determined to return to Japan and make an impact on people’s lives after this.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Ever since working for Meiji Academy, I was able to share my passion for the Japanese culture and language with the students I have interacted with, which has deepened my understanding on how international students perceived our culture to better organize future cultural events based on their interests.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One of the best memories I have from talking to return students is how I have managed to impact one particular student's life with my passion for Japanese culture and fashion. In fact, he actually decided to pursue Japanese culture for his major in university because of what I had taught and told him in class.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

If I were a student here at Meiji Academy, I would definitely take part in the Pop Culture course to understand more of the interesting cultures we have here in Japan. It is unique as compared to all other countries on this planet and I encourage students to explore this exciting mix of traditional and modern culture!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

What is unique about Meiji Academy is that it is not only a language school but also a centre for intercultural exchange. Here, students can also earn more about Japanese culture (both pop and traditional) and explore the culture that lays outside of the textbook. I believe this to be an invaluable experience.

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

Passion. Without passion, employees will not be able to work to an optimal level. Staff must be passionate about his/her job so they will give their best in their tasks at hand. Passion also makes teaching more enjoyable to the teachers as well as learning more fun for the students. I can most certainly see that staff members, teachers and students at Meiji Academy are highly motivated and passionate, which makes me happy to be teaching here!