The Graduate School Preparation Class is intended for students planning to enter Graduate School in Japan. Students learn how to face admission screenings through classes like “Writing a research plan”, “Interview simulations”, “Short essay composition” or “Academic readings comprehension”, and acquire Japanese expressive skills, critical and analytical thinking necessary for autonomous research.




  1. Program tailored on Graduate Schools admission calendar
  2. Gradual acquisition of Academic Japanese proficiency
  3. Friendly competition with classmates with shared goals
  4. Guidance system using a wide alumni network
  5. Career advice based on individual counseling



Graduates were admitted into the following institutions:

Marh 2022
Hitotsubashi University, Sophia University, Aoyama Gakuin University, Obirin University, Toyo University, Nihon University, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tama Art University….

Marh 2021
Hokkaido University, Tsukuba University, Tokyo University of the Arts, Kobe University, Hiroshima University, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Sophia University, Waseda University, Aoyama Gakuin University, Hosei University, Rikkyo University, Ritsumeikan University, Aichi University, Senshu University, Tama Art University, Toho University, Toyo University, Nagoya University of The Arts, Nihon University, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Musashino University, Musashino Art University…

Marh 2020
University of Tokyo, Hitotsubashi University, Yokohama National University, Hokkaido University, Tohoku University, Kyushu University, Waseda University, Keio University, Sophia University, Aoyama Gakuin University, Meiji University, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Juntendo University, Tama Art University…


Students’ voice

Zhang Kunjie (China)

Waseda University Graduate School, Graduate School of Education


“In ARC, I was able to fully prepare for my interview and exam”

■READ Zhang’s story


Cao Van Gioi (Vietnam)

Science and Technology, Nihon University Graduate School


“ARC classes prepared me for the exams, my research plan and more”

■READ Gioi’s story




Starting time April
Duration 1 year
Class hours From Monday to Friday (5 days per week)  9:15 to 12:30 / 13:30 to 16:45

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria
1- Having graduated from University (Bachelor degree)
2- Having a clear view of their research plan
3- One of the following conditions on Japanese proficiency:
  a. JLPT N1 level
  b. passing ARC test of equivalent level

Admission examination (1) Japanese written exam (N1 holders exempted)
(2) Written composition
(3) Interview
Capacity 20 students



720,000 JPY
*Application fee, Registration fee and textbooks are not included.
*Interested students can attend additional preparation lessons for EJU or JLPT with free.

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Program & Timetable

Main Content

Main Content Process
Training Basic Japanese & Writing Research Plan
  • Specify the reason for research
  • How to gather information on research
  • How to find a suitable Graduate School
  • Basics of logical writing
  • Acquisition of basic formal Japanese

Set your research theme!

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Choose a Graduate School!

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Visit research office!

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Announcement of Result
Practical Training
Intensive Exam Preparation
  • Research plan completion and review
  • Oral examination, interview preparation
  • Dissertation preparation
  • How to organize and present a bibliography
  • Critical reading
  • How to read an essay
  • Conversation using formal Japanese
Last Minute Preparation & Practice Simulation
  • Post/admission practical guide about researching and presenting results
  • How to write a report
  • How to make a PowerPoint presentation


Timetable (sample)

1st period Pronunciation / Characters Pronunciation / Characters Pronunciation / Characters Pronunciation / Characters Pronunciation / Characters
2nd period Research Plan Practice Oral Expression(Speech) Essay Preparation Listening Comprehension Interview Practice
3rd period Reading Comprehension & Discussion (Current Events) Reading Comprehension (Research/Presentation) Research Plan Practice Dissertation Reading Comprehension
4th period


Class environment


Alumni meet up




Admission procedure

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