Genki JACS was founded in 2004 by Rie Kirby, who studied English in the UK.
Rie chose the name “Genki Japanese and Culture School” to represent how truly learning Japanese means not just learning the language, but also the culture – that is, not just what to say, but why to say it. She opened the first Genki JACS branch in early 2005 in Fukuoka City, where she had lived for most of her life.
In 2009, it became one of only two Japanese schools to be accredited worldwide by the International Association of Language Centres, and in the same year it was voted one of the top language schools in the world at the ST Star Awards!
Then, in 2016, after 11 years of tirelessly working to raise the standard of Japanese language classes nationwide, Genki JACS was voted Star World Language School of the year at the industry Star Awards, the highest honor possible for a language school, let alone a Japanese school! They managed to repeat this historic feat in 2018 and 2019, becoming the only Japanese language school ever to win this award multiple times.
Finally, in 2019, to handle the needs of everyone who wants to study with them, they opened the third location, in beautiful historic Kyoto.
Why choose Genki JACS?
A maximum of just 8 students per class means a lot more attention from your teacher, making it easier to catch and correct your weak points in an intimate and comfortable environment, without getting lost in the crowd.
Study when it suits you – their school doesn't close for long holiday periods, so you can study with them any time of the year. They're happy to adapt to your schedule, no matter how packed it may be.
Only able to slip away from work for just 2 weeks? Want to study for 3 months? Their short-term courses don't have set lengths, so they can adapt schedule to your time-sensitive needs!
Study up to 18 months and work part-time to support yourself! Currently only available in Fukuoka - one of the best and most livable cities in Japan.
Never heard a word of Japanese in your life? Don't worry, they've got you covered! Whether you're a total beginner, or have been watching anime for over ten years, they're sure to have an ongoing class suited to your level.
Multiple accreditations and awards, including being selected as one of the top language schools in the world, are a guarantee of a great education.
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