Japanese Vocational Schools: Studying in the Tohoku Area : If you are the type who prefers a quieter and more cultural experience when studying, settling down in the Tohoku Area might just be the right thing for you!

The Tohoku Region: The scenic route

More of a rural place than a tourist place, the Tohoku area is the North East Area of Japan where it consists of Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi and Yamagata.  Back in the 1960’s, it was considered as a powerhouse of ironworks, steelmaking, cement, pulp, petroleum, and chemicals and although this is the case, the region is still traditionally known as a lesser developed are in Japan. This was even more the case when the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in 2011 killed more than 15,000 people and left half a million people homeless because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. This has somewhat made Tohoku a more rural area than it already is, allowing nature to flourish. It has a stark contrast to that of the more common known areas of Japan and has a more scenic and rural feel to it. It is still considered as a tourist destination but due to its less than gentle climate, the Tohoku Area is considered more as a holiday away from a holiday.

Japanese Vocational Schools

Vocational Schools are a popular choice for people who want to work in a very specific field with adequate experience and knowledge. It is also a relatively shorter course to take compared to University since it mainly focuses on skills and knowledge specific to your industry of choice. For people who want to live and be employed in Japan, vocational schools would be the best step into setting yourself up for it. For most foreigners, the only hurdle into studying at a vocational school is the language requirements. Most vocational schools in Japan require a certain level of Japanese (N2) and this might require hopefuls to study Japanese for a year or 2 which might not only elongate your study time, but you might need a deeper wallet than you originally thought. 

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Vocational Schools in Tohoku

Sendai Child care College

One of the best childcare based schools in Japan with 98.4% employment rate after graduation, they focus not just on general child care, but also child psychology, health, and safety. 

2019-2020 School Information

Childcare course tuition (2 year course)1st year: 880,000 Yen 2nd year: 780,000 Yen
Department of childcare course tuition (3 year course)1st year: 880,000 Yen 2nd year: 780,000 Yen3rd year: 780,000 Yen
Scholarship availabilityYes
Language requirementsJLPT/ EJU/ BJT Proficiency test certificate or pass/copy sheet
Other requirementsAll graduation certificates (HS and/or University)All legal documents proving nationality
Websitehttps://www.sanko.ac.jp/sendai-child/
Contact info-sendai-child@sanko.ac.jp

Sendai Sweets and Cafe Career College

They have an employment rate of 97.3%  as of March 2018 and also welcomes foreign students with a good understanding of Japanese. Their alumni boasts a list of famous and renowned places of employment all around Japan and even the world.

2019-2020 School Information

Pastry Course/ Cafe food course Course (2 year course)1st year: 1,180,000 Yen2nd year: 1,080,000 Yen
Scholarship availabilityYes
Language requirements(one of the following)N2 JLPT200 points on EJU400 points on the BJT Proficiency test 
Other requirements18 years or olderAll graduation certificates (HS and/or University)All legal documents proving nationality
Websitehttp://www.sanko.ac.jp/sendai-sweets/
Contact info-sendai-sweets@sanko.ac.jp

FSG College League

They have one of the largest offerings when it comes to vocational courses in the Fukushima Prefecture. It was established in 1984band currently has 5 schools and has support from top Japanese companies, giving its students good quality experience and education.

2019-2020 School Information

(All courses are 1-2 years)Civil Service CourseDepartment of Medical Business/clinic CourseMedical Office CourseGeneral Sales Administration CourseGeneral Accounting CourseInternational Hotel and Tourism CourseHotel and Bridal CourseFuneral Director CourseSports and Business CourseChildcare Course950,000 Yen/year
Scholarship availabilityYes
Language requirements(one of the following)N2 JLPT200 points on EJU400 points on the BJT Proficiency test 
Other requirements18 years or olderAll graduation certificates (HS and/or University)All legal documents proving nationality
Websitehttp://www.jo-bi.jp
Contact jo-bi@fsg.gr.jp

SKK Information Business College

Compared to the rest of the vocational schools around their prefecture, this is actually quite a good school that boasts a high employment rate  because of their line of staff and very practical classes.

2019-2020 School Information

IT and Design Course (2 years)Integrated Business (2 years)Civil Service Course Course (2 years)IT Expert Course (3 years)Civil Service Speed Course (1 year)For tuition details, please fill out this form 
Scholarship availabilityYes
RequirementsAll graduation certificates (HS and/or University)High School degree or higherAll legal documents proving nationality
Websitehttp://net-skk.co.jp/
Contact nyugaku@net-skk.co.jp

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