Careers at Kohgakusha:FAQ

Q1. How do I apply? How many months in advance should I apply?

Currently available positions are confirmed at Current Jobs page. To apply for a teaching position, please submit a resume and cover letter through How to Apply or Contact/Links page. For overseas recruiting, it is recommended that you submit your documents three ~ four months before you are ready to work since processing the working visa is a lengthy process.

Q2. What is the structure of the interview?

The interview will consist of a general question and answer section. In addition, candidates might be asked to prepare and present an activity to teach a given target language. Questionnaire will be provided at the interview too.
  *For overseas recruiting, interviews will be videotaped so we can share it with school managers in Japan.

Q3. Are contracts only for one year?

Basically, YES. All contracts are evaluated at the end of the contract year. If the company and the individual agree, the teacher can renew his/her contracts. There isn’t a limit to the number of years a teacher can stay with our company. We warmly welcome all returning teachers.
  *After the first one-year contract, we might make a less than one-year contract to adjust the contract period to the semester period.

Q4. When are teaching positions available?

Positions will be generally available in February/March or August/September throughout the year along with the school semester period. Of course, some positions will be available at other time of year depending on each school or divisional situation. Please confirm current job opening status at Current Job page.

Q5. Where are your schools?

Our schools are located throughout Kanto Area (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama & Chiba) and Kansai Area (Osaka, Kyoto & Hyogo). Please refer to School Locations page.

Q6. Can I choose the location and division in which I will be placed?

During the interview, you will be asked your preference. We will definitely consider your preference, however, we reserve the right to assign you to a division and location for meeting our requirements. Yet, it is up to the individual to accept or decline the given assignment. In the case a candidate rejects the offered position we will wait for an assignment that matches his/her preference.

Q7. Can I work for other organizations while employed with Kohgakusha?

For full time teachers, NO. They work exclusively for Kohgakusha and commitments for other organizations are not permitted during the contract period.

Q8. Do you hire couples?

We evaluate candidates individually. Keep in mind that our accommodations are not intended for couples. Japanese apartments are not big enough for two people. Therefore, it would be difficult to bring your family in Japan as well. Most couples living together look for housing on their own. Of course, we can provide guidance. However, we cannot give support in the form of key money or deposit. (Key money is a non-refundable gift to the landlord.)

Q9. How is the visa situation handled?

Our dedicated team in the Human Resources Department will take care of the visa requirements. Once offered a position, they will consult with you to outline the steps necessary for you to work in Japan.

Q10. Is airfare provided? Does Kohgakusha arrange for travel to Japan?

We ask all overseas recruits to make their own travel arrangements. Once you arrive in Japan, we will provide an allowance to partially offset the cost of the airfare. Please refer to Relocation/Starting Work page. Arrival date will be arranged in consultation with the school assigned to you.

Q11. Can Kohgakusha help in the relocation process?

Housing (semi-furnished) in Japan is handled by our dedicated team in the Human Resources Department. We pick up our recruits from the airport and safely deliver them to their new homes. In addition, we provide an interest-free loan (for overseas recruits). Please refer to Housing/Cost and Relocation/Starting Work page.

Q12. What kind of clothing do I need to bring to Japan?

Japan's four seasons require its inhabitants to have clothing that is suitable for all climates. Not so often, but snow does fall in Tokyo and Osaka. And it does become hot and humid in the summer months. Spring and autumn provide splendid weather and picturesque sceneries.

Q13. What happens when I arrive in Japan?

One of our staff will pick you up from the airport and take you to your new home. The next day will entail filling out documents and orientation at the head office. Detailed maps and train schedules will be provided to ensure you arrive safely and on-time to your designated locations. Your schedule will be provided upon arrival. Please refer to Relocation/Starting Work page.

Q14. Can I live with a roommate?

A typical company apartment is not big enough to accommodate two people. However, you are free to look for larger living quarters. In this case, the company can only provide guidance.

Q15. If I decide to look for an apartment by myself, Can Kohgakusha be a guarantee?

We can be a housing guarantee for teachers who have completed the first one-year contract and renew the contracts into the second year. Therefore, new recruits should manage to find their accommodation by themselves or apply for a company apartment.

Q16. Where can I access the Internet?

There are many Internet cafes throughout Tokyo and Osaka. You can also have your own private Internet connection. Although it is a teacher’s responsibility to set up the land line and contract with a provider company for installing the Internet service, Kohgakusha staff can assist you.

Q17. Am I only assigned to one school?

It depends on the division. Teachers in the Prince Eibei Gakuin Division are usually assigned to only one school. Teachers in other divisions travel to 3 ~ 4 different schools or kindergartens. Please refer to Our Schools page.

Q18. What are the working hours? Is there overtime?

Full-time teachers work 35 hours a week. Overtime is available for hours beyond the designated work schedule depending on school situations. In the case you have done overtime work, overtime allowance will be added on the regular salary.

Q19. Is training provided? What is the structure of the training program?

Yes. It varies with the division and the individual. We make every attempt to ensure our teachers are well prepared before they step into the classroom. Please refer to Relocation/Starting Work page for more details.

Q20. How are teachers expected to dress in the classroom?

Teachers are not required to wear suits while teaching. It is permissible to wear casual but presentable attire in class. However, during company seminars and special events, teachers are asked to dress formally.

Q21. Do I need to be able to speak Japanese?

No. We expect teachers to speak only English in class. However, we do hope you will take advantage of the opportunity and language allowance to learn Japanese. Since most of our staff speaks English, teachers can easily function within our organization. Also, all of our schools are located in major metropolitans. Thus, most people can “get by” without speaking Japanese. Yet, for those sincerely interested in learning the language, living in Japan will provide many opportunities and challenges. It is up to the individual to determine how much they want to get from their experience in Japan.

Q22. Do you provide Japanese lessons?

We provide an allowance for Japanese language education. It is the responsibility of the teacher to find his/her own school. We will recommend the location of a reputable institution, however, most schools will be accepted for this Japanese language education aid system as long as the required conditions are satisfied.