Following are some of the most frequently asked questions:
Q: Do I have to be a member to join the language school?
A: No, but there is a financial advantage to doing so, because members get reduced tuition. Plus, being a member of the Society provides you with additional benefits.
Q: How do I know which level class I should join? Will you test me?
A: Students choose their own level. We will consult you to choose a suitable class for you. Please stop by our office between 9:30am-5:30pm or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, you can review the textbooks at the Society’s office to determine your level. The one exception is the Advance-Jyokyu class. As the highest class offered at the JASW Language School, a phone interview is required.
Q: What if I choose the wrong level? Can I switch classes?
A: You can change to another class, provided there is space available. JASWDC must approve the change.
Q: Do you offer academic credit for your classes?
A: No. However, we will issue a letter of completion to you upon request, provided that your attendance during the semester was 60% or higher.
Q: How do I know if I got the class I wanted?
A: We will email you, confirming your registration.
Each class, with a few exceptions, has a maximum of 12 students, and we register students in the order in which they apply and pay. Once a class is full, we will post a notice on our website. If a class has five or fewer registrations, it will be cancelled.
Q: You haven’t announced the next semester yet, but I want to be sure I get a spot. Can I pre-register or reserve a place?
A: No. Like other schools and academic institutions, you cannot register before registration formally opens.
Q: When does your next semester begin? It’s not on your website.
A: We have four semesters a year. The starting date will be announced approximately 3-4 weeks before classes begin. The starting date is based on the Society’s overall calendar and the availability of a full complement of qualified teachers.
Q: Can I be on a waiting list for the class I want?
A: Yes, once registration opens, we do have waiting lists. You must provide us with your payment information, although we will not process any payment until a place becomes available. If the semester already has started and you join the class later, we will not pro-rate the tuition.
Q: If I miss a class, do I get a refund for that class? And can I get a make-up class?
Q: Do you offer private classes?
A: Yes. Also we offer private classes via Skype® to those who cannot come to JASWDC for a class.
Q: Can I make private arrangements for tutoring with my teacher?
A: Yes. You can either ask your teacher about his/her availability or submit a request for private classes here.
Q: If I drop out, can I get a refund?
A: If you drop out by the deadline date, you will receive a full refund. If you drop out by the beginning of the semester, we will refund 50% of your tuition. After that, there will be no refund. If you call by telephone, you must follow-up with a written request for a refund.
Q: Where do I get the textbooks and other materials?
A: All textbooks and materials can be purchased from us before or on the first day of class, provided that they are available. Once purchased, they cannot be returned.
Q: You say you are an adult language school. I am a high school student. Can I study with you?
A: Yes, if you are 14 years old or older. Because classes are taught in the evening, if a student is under 15 years of age, an adult must accompany him/her to and from class.
Q: How do I find out more about the Japanese Language Proficiency Test? Where and when is it given?
A: You should visit the JLPT website. Please note that JLPT is administered by the Japan Foundation.
Q. What will happen to classes if there is inclement weather?
A. JASWDC follows the Office of Personnel Management‘s decision regarding whether or not to close the office during inclement weather. If the federal government is closed, JASWDC will most likely be closed as well, and no classes or events will be held that day. For the most timely information regarding office closures, please follow us on Facebook, or check our Upcoming Events section. Office closures and class cancellations will be posted there.