Japanese Foundation Course for Vocational College

Japanese Foundation Course

Japanese Foundation Course is a step to becoming a professional in a growing industry. It would lead to the entry into Vocational College. Alternatively, with skills, straight into your dream job in Japan and around the world.

A unique programme in Japanese language learning, the Foundation Course prepares you for a future career in a specific industry.


  • What can I study at Vocational College?
  • What’s in the Japanese Foundation Course?
  • A typical week of Foundation Course

What can I study at Vocational College?

Vocational Colleges play a core part in practical education in Japan. Studies aim to gain knowledge and skills in specific industries. The main focus is on practical lessons. Through the course of studies, students become professionals in that field. Therefore, in Japan, it refers to as Professional Training College.

Broadly, there are eight specialised fields in which students can study.

  • Manufacturing & Technology
  • Agriculture
  • Medical care
  • Health & Hygiene
  • Education & Social welfare
  • Business & Commerce
  • Fashion
  • Culture

In each field above, colleges offer various courses. In general, the course length is 2 years. Students study towards Vocational Qualifications. These will show their ability which is vital in career pursuing.

The key point in choosing the field of studies is to consider

  • What career do I want to pursue?
  • What knowledge and skills can I gain through studies?
  • With these acquired skills, what kind of jobs are there?

Manufacturing & Technology

  • Mechanical, Electronic, Material Engineering
  • Aviation/Ship/Automotive Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Architecture
  • IT programming
  • System Design

Japan has been known for its creative and innovative manufacturing country. Manufacturing does not just mean constructing cars and machines. The study involves learning the mechanism of devices and analysing properties of the material used in making them.

Colleges facilitate various courses in this field, providing technical training. In each speciality, there is a wide range of jobs in high demand.


  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Environmental Design
  • Biotechnology
  • Horticulture

Japan has rich natural resources and the environment. The development of technology made this industry grow further. For this, many companies promote Japanese agricultural technology overseas. Thus, career options in this field are expanding.

Medical Care 

  • Nursing
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical Examination
  • Speech・Visual Therapy
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Technician
  • Acupuncture

There is a wide range of medical-related studies. Each area of studies has a practical curriculum aimed at developing a ready force in the medical field.

The work requires hard work, both physically and mentally. Employment demand is exceptionally high. As a result, a large number of graduates seek a career in this industry.

Health & Hygiene 

  • Nutrition
  • Cooking
  • Confectionery
  • Hair Design
  • Esthetics
  • Make-up

There are two main groups in this field. One is a beauty which is a rapidly growing industry in Japan. The needs of new techniques and skilful professionals are highly anticipated.

The other is a group of nutrition and cooking. Dining out is probably the most popular leisure in Japan. The unique artistic sense in culinary is the must-have skill in this industry.

People are also conscious about healthy eating.  Therefore, expertise in nutrition is also increasing demand.

There is a wide range of career options in the field of Health & Hygiene.

Education & Social welfare 

  • Childcare
  • Social Welfare
  • Care Welfare

In the current world, there is an urgent need for specialists in Social care and Care Welfare in Japan and globally. Daily tasks involve taking care of those who have difficulties in living by themselves. Expect work to be hectic and require multi-tasking skill. In this profession, maintaining good health themselves is essential. Working in this industry is about having compassion to care for others.

Business & Commerce 

  • Information processing
  • Business management
  • Accounting
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality
  • Secretarial
  • Medical office management
  • Logistic Business
  • Air Line Services
  • Bridal business
  • Interpretation and Translation

The study is about learning company management. In business, the objective is to run the company efficiently and effectively. By doing so, maximises its wealth.

Business management, finance, sales, planning, and customer service play an essential role in any company. The knowledge and skills acquired through the course can open your future. There are a wide variety of companies requiring graduates with multi-linguistic skills.


  • Design
  • Retail business

Fashion needs are continually evolving. In this fast-moving industry, Japanese has been creating unique fashion. People tune with trends and love to show their individuality.  There is a chance that your creation may become the next trend.

Designing course can teach you techniques of turning ideas into new products. In the fashion business, students will learn coordination, styling and display that are vital to the marketing.


  • Manga and Anime
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Theatre/Film

It is all about your passion. Through the course, you will be able to add skills to what you love doing and turn it as a career.

Gaming, Manga and Anime are huge industries in Japan. Many of the graduates became successful creators in this growing industry. With their work turned into global hits, they attracted big sponsors. Due to worldwide success, those businesses are also attracting skilled creators from all over the world. 

If you love Japanese Pop Culture, Japan is the place to be. Give it your best shot, show your talent to the world.

Conditions to apply for Vocational College

For international students to qualify for Vocational College entry, a similar condition to the Japanese students apply.

 Students must have

  • 12-year education in their home country.
  • High school graduation certificate or equivalent

Certificates such as A-levels or Baccalaureate are equivalent proof of documents.

Additionally, international students must have high Japanese language skills. Obtain either

  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at N2 or
  • Japanese Business Proficiency Test above 400 points (BJPT)

Qualified students will go through the interview. Depending on the course, students will prepare a portfolio.

What’s in the Japanese Foundation Course?

Japanese Foundation Course facilitates the basic business studies of a specific industry. The Foundation Course aims to achieve the Japanese language skills required as a professional of that industry. Therefore, students will begin with JLPT studies. At N3 level, join a specially designed programme of your choice.

In this programme, students will continue with the JLPT study, aiming to achieve N2.  Simultaneously, explore business knowledge of that industry. It includes learning vocabulary and phrases used in that sector. Together, practical exercises will come in, where you build the skills. Furthermore, outings are to experience the culture and to learn more about the industry.

Each programme provides a step to becoming a specialist. On completion of the Foundation Course, your future options broaden. You may either progress into further studies at Vocational College or straight into a career.

The followings are the introduction to the programmes.

Anime, Manga, Illustration, Game

Japanese Foundation Course

The course includes

  • Learning Japanese from Anime
  • Tour of Anime Holy land
  • Anime and Manga character drawing
  • Illustration design
  • Constructing the ideas for the game

At the end of the course, you will be making a presentation to the class. The purpose of the task is to show your ideas and creativity. This presentation will be your portfolio used for interviews.

Tourism and Hospitality

Japanese Foundation Course

The course includes

  • Intensive Keigo practice
  • Japanese dining manner
  • Services in Japanese style
  • Learning tourist hot spots in Japan
  • Hotel concierge experience

You will be able to learn “Omotenashi”. It is the Japanese way of providing hospitality to customers. The word “Omotenashi” originated from Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony during the Heian period. It means to welcome a guest with sincerity. It is this Omotenashi that creates repeat customers and is the driving force of the thriving Japanese hospitality industry. 

Business and IT

The course includes

  • Business conversation
  • Structure Business Models
  • Basic IT
  • Discussion on the current affairs
  • Learning about the Japanese company environment

This is about learning bases of business management. Whether you work for a company or to start your own, knowledge of business management is necessary. Notably, learning Business Japanese Conversation at this stage would give students a tremendous advantage in career pursuits.

Fashion and Entertainment

Japanese Foundation Course

The course includes

  • Learning Japanese from TV series and movies
  • Learning words and phrases used in the Fashion industry
  • Special effect make-up seminar
  • Designing
  • Learning about world Fashion
  • Photo gallery tour

In this course, students will learn about different aspects of the fashion industry. From make-up arts to designing, the study variation gives students the necessary knowledge and skills in many areas of the industry.

A typical week of Foundation Course

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM JLPT lessons
Manga & Anime, Illustration, Game Conversation Specific vocabulary Phrases & Expression Presentation Design, Manga drawing, field trips
Tourism & Hospitality Guest Conversation Specific vocabulary Service phrases Intensive Keigo Service practice, Hotel concierge experience, field trips
Business & IT Business Conversation Discussion Phrases & Expression Interviews & Business Meeting practice, Business model structure, IT operation
Fashion & Entertainment TV/Film Vocabulary & Phrases Fashion vocabulary Presentation Discussion Special effect make-up, field trips

Morning: The lesson starts with an intensive JLPT study, aiming to achieve N2.

Afternoon: Students will go to classes allocated by a specific programme.

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