Training Programs in Japan

Information on programs available for 2019-2020 has now been added.


This page describes programs available in Canada for the 2019-2020 fiscal year (April 1, 2019- March 31, 2020).

Decisions on applications to Japan Foundation open programs are made once a year so that all applications may stand on an equal basis in an international competition.

Application forms are available in September for the next fiscal year. Program application deadlines vary per program, so please check the individual program for the deadline. Applications are sent to Tokyo to be screened, and decisions for most applications are announced in April.

How to Apply

1) Contact the Japan Foundation, Toronto or the nearest diplomatic mission to clarify your eligibility. (Even if you are certain of your eligibility, it is helpful to let the office know that you are planning to submit an application.)

2) Download application from this website or request a copy to be mailed to you from the Japan Foundation, Toronto. Fill out the application and submit by its specific deadline.

3) The application results for most programs will be sent to you by mail in April 2019.

Japanese-Language Education Programs for 2019-2020

The following programs are open to Canadian educational institutions or individuals. For a detailed description, please refer to the Japan Foundation’s website here.

* The program of “Short-Term Training Program” ended in FY 2018. Please see “Japanese Teaching Methods” or “Japanese language” for individuals who had interests in the “Short-Term Training Program”.
* The program of “Project-based Training” ended in FY 2018.

Basic Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language
This program is a six months 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. This program was conducted as “Long-Term Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language” until FY 2018.
Japanese language Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language
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 and deepen their knowledge of Japanese society and culture.
Japanese Teaching Methods Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language
This program is a six weeks program designed to provide an opportunity to improve the teaching methodology. This program will conduct twice (Summer Course and Winter Course) per year.
Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language on a Specific Theme
Training is provided on specific themes of “21st Century skills”, “Business Japanese”, and “Course Design” in fiscal 2019, to deepen knowledge on theories and methodologies related to the theme and to improve educational capacity, with the aim of resolving issues in educational settings.
Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields
This program is designed to provide specialists (researchers, postgraduate students, librarians, museum curators, etc.) who need a good command of the Japanese language to conduct fieldwork and research through an intensive residential training course on the Japanese language.