- What nationalities are ECC students?
Approximately 60% of students are from China, 20% from Korea, 15% from Taiwan, and 5% from Singapore, Canada, Russia, U.S.A., etc.
- Do students take lessons every day?
This depends on the course a student is taking, but there are lessons Monday to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. ECC schools are closed on public holidays. In addition, there is the spring holiday (3 weeks), Golden Week (5 days), summer holiday (2 weeks), and winter holiday (10 days).
- What time do lessons start and finish?
There are morning classes and afternoon classes, depending on the course the student is taking.. Morning classes are from 9:15-12:30, and afternoon classes are from 13:30-16:45.
- What are the teachers like?
They are all excellent teachers with lots of experience. They are native Japanese speakers.
- What kind of textbooks does ECC use?
We use 20-30 books depending on the class and level. Elementary: Minna no Nihongo I; Minna no Nihongo II Intermediate: New Approach Intermediate; New Approach Pre-advanced Advanced: Beyond the Border; Advanced Japanese Learning by Themes
- How many students are there in a class?
There are usually 10-20 students.
- How fluently will I be able to speak Japanese after studying at ECC?
After studying for a year and a half, most students pass JLPT N2 or N1. After studying for 2 years, most students will pass N1.
- What if I get sick or injured?
Residents in Japan are required to join the National Health Insurance System. Those in the National Health Insurance System pay only 30% of the total medical fees when they receive treatment for an illness or injury. However, the National Health Insurance covers only necessary care, not elective procedures, so there are instances when the insured must pay full cost.
- Can I use other languages at a hospital?
There are hospitals in Japan which can offer medical services in English, Chinese, and Korean. If a student needs assistance, an ECC staff member can help as an interpreter.
- How long is a college student visa valid?
One year, and they can be renewed up to two years.
- Can I go home during the summer vacation?
Yes! Please inform ECC of your plans.
- Are there any part-time jobs available in Japan?
There are lots of restaurants and conveniences stores around ECC schools that have part-time work available. Many students work in restaurants as hall staff or cooking assistants.
- Do I need permission before I get a part-time job?
Students who have a student visa need to get permission from ECC and the Immigration Bureau. To obtain permission you need to meet the following criteria:
1. It must be over three months since you joined ECC
2. You must have a 90% or higher attendance record
3. You must have a high pass rate for ECC tests