Teacher Training Program in Urawa





The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa (JFJLI, Urawa) provides training opportunities in Japan (Saitama Prefecture) or online for Japanese-language teachers teaching outside of Japan.
The eligibility, duration, and content differ in every program.


  1. Basic Training Program [Six Months] (for non-native speakers of Japanese)
  2. Japanese Language Program [Six Weeks] (for non-native speakers of Japanese)
  3. Comprehensive Teaching Methods Program [Six Weeks/Summer & Autumn Session] (for non-native speakers of Japanese)
  4. Note: Online Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese Language, conducted in FY 2021-2023, will not be conducted in FY 2024. Instead of the Online Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese Language, we are opening the Online Self-Study Course on the platform "JF Japanese e-Learning Minato" (starting in FY 2023; eight themes in total will be opened sequentially). The on-demand teaching materials used in the Online Self-Study Course will also be uploaded on the JFJLI, Urawa website.
    JF Japanese e-Learning Minato website: https://minato-jf.jp/

Grant Coverage

There are no tuition fees. Participants will reside at the Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa (single rooms) and we will cover meals, and insurance for sickness and injury during
the training period. We will NOT cover airfare for US citizens.

Program Venue


Japan Foundation - Japanese Language Institute (in Urawa, Japan)

Application Deadline

Apply through online portal by 1 p.m., November 30th, 2023 (Japan Standard Time) [8PM, November 29th, 2023 Pacific Time]

Upload your application documents to the Online Application Portal.
Online Application Portal: https://www.apply.jpf.go.jp


Click here and use the form to contact us with any questions or to inform us of your intention to apply to one of these programs (Select Anything Related to Japanese Language Education).

Notification of Result:  Within April, 2024

1. [BT] Basic Training Program (Long-term)

Duration: August 27, 2024 – February 20, 2025 (tentative)

This program is a 6-month program designed for teachers who are early in their career with an opportunity to improve their Japanese-language skills, acquire the basic teaching methodology, and deepen their knowledge of Japan.

Past Participant Comments (Japanese Only)


Application Materials

2. [JT] Japanese Language Program

Duration: June 5, 2024 - July 19, 2024 (tentative)

This program is a six weeks program designed to provide an opportunity to improve their Japanese-language skill which is necessary as teachers of Japanese language. There will be NO lessons of Japanese-language teaching methodology.

Application Materials

3. [MT] Comprehensive Japanese Teaching Methods Program

   Summer Course: July 17, 2024 - August 30th, 2024 (tentative)

   Autumn Course: October 1, 2024 - November 14th, 2024 (tentative)

This program is a six weeks program designed to provide an opportunity to improve the teaching methodology. This program will be conducted twice in FY 2024. There will be NO lessons for improving Japanese-language skill.

Past Participant Comments

Madeleine Graham, Odyssey Middle School (San Mateo, CA)
Kristin Wingate, Cranford Public Schools (Cranford, NJ)

Past Participant Comments (Japanese Only)

2018 (Summer)
2018 (Winter)
2017 (Summer)
2017 (Winter)
2016 (Summer)
2016 (Winter)
2015 (Summer)
2015 (Spring)
2014 (Winter)
2014 (Summer)
2013 (Winter)
2013 (Summer)

Application Materials

  • Please check back in Late September/Early October 2024 for the next application period!

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