J-Care Student Scholarship Program

Japan is in dire need of nurses and caregivers to provide care for their aging population. Millions of old aged Japanese seek care in the caregiver homes and facilities in Japan. Unfortunately, with the lack of caregivers available in the work force of Japan, millions of people are not receiving the proper support and care that they need. Japan has sought to resolve this problem by partnering with neighboring countries to bring nurses and caregivers to Japan under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreements, or JPEPA. However, only less than 10% of the nurses and caregivers the Philippines provided have passed. The ones who didn’t pass were sent back to the Philippines.

 

The J-Care Scholarship Program is a joint project between Y. Suzuki Nihongo Learning Center (YSNLC) and MATE Japanese Institute (MATEJI) which aims to provide another opportunity for returning nurses and caregivers from the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement, or JPEPA, Program to go back to Japan for one year to study Japanese and pass the caregiver licensure exam. In the J-Care Scholarship Program, YSNLC and MATEJI, aims to help solve the to the lack of caregivers issue in Japan by providing another opportunity to returning nurses and caregivers from the JPEPA Program.

 

For those nurses and caregivers who were sent back after their 3-year stay in Japan and want another opportunity to re-take the exam, YSNLC and MATEJI are offering assistance to the 1-year scholarship program in Japan. 

 

Students who wish to take this program are required to undergo language and cultural studies at YSNLC 3-4 months and must submit the required documents to be used in applying for a student visa. If there is no issue with the students’ documents, the student visa shall be issued in approximately 4 months by the Japan immigration. Once received, the student will fly to Japan before their schooling starts in MATEJI. 

 

While in Japan, students are required to attend every class session without any absences or tardiness and will be allowed to work for 28 hours a week in the accredited caregiver homes facilities of MATEJI.

Frequently asked questions

J-Care Student Scholarship Program

Who is eligible to apply for the J-Care Scholarship Program 2017?


JPEPA returnees who have finished the 3 year contract may apply for the J-Care Scholarship Program 2017. Applicants for this program must possess the following when applying:

  • Enrollment Form
  • Birth Certificate
  • Valid Government ID w/ picture
  • Certificate of Completion for the JPEPA Program
  • Bank Certificates
  • Others (if necessary)




When does the schooling in YSNLC start and how does it work?


For the J-Care Scholarship Program 2017, JPEPA Returnees will undergo the N3 program of YSNLC. This starts on September 21 and ends on Friday, December 1, 2017.

Students will be taking the mock JLPT N3 exam in YSNLC on Monday, December 4, 2017.

Students who do not pass the mock JLPT N3 exam may take it again on the same month. Said date will be announced in the duration of the course.

Students who fail twice will be ineligible for the program.




Who will apply the student visa?


YSNLC will assist its students in obtaining the requirements for the student visa and will handle the application of the visa.




How long is the applicability of the visa?


If granted, the student visa given may be eligible for up to 2 years (1 year + 1 year renewed).




When will we receive the visa and when would we fly?


Eligible students will receive the visa before the start date of the school in Japan.

For the April admission, students will need to be in Japan on or before the end of March.

For the September admission, students will need to be in Japan on or before the end of August.




Who will shoulder the plane tickets?


Students will shoulder their own plane tickets to and from Japan.




How many JPEPA Returnees can apply for this scholarship program?


Our maximum number of slots for 2018 is 80 in total. 40 students for the April admission. 40 students for the September admission.




What is the J-Care Student Scholarship Program?


The J-Care Scholarship Program is a joint project between Y. Suzuki Nihongo Learning Center (YSNLC) and MATE Japanese Institute (MATEJI) which aims to provide another opportunity for returning nurses and caregivers from the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement, or JPEPA, Program to go back to Japan for one year to study Japanese and pass the caregiver licensure exam. In the J-Care Scholarship Program, YSNLC and MATEJI, aims to help solve the to the lack of caregivers issue in Japan by providing another opportunity to returning nurses and caregivers from the JPEPA Program.




Where do we apply for this and how does it work?


You may go directly to the school to inquire about this program.

- Students are required to submit all documents necessary for this program.

- YSNLC will assist its students in completing the checklist for the necessary documents.

- Students will undergo Japanese language training under the N3 Preparatory Course in YSNLC. They will be assessed and evaluated over the duration of this course.

- The student visa to be obtained may be up to 2 years.

- The scholarship program is a one-year program.

- Students must pay for their own plane tickets to and from Japan.

- Tuition fees are paid for the first year and students are given a huge discount on housing.

- Students who pass the Japan National Licensure Exam for Caregivers in their first year will be offered a full time position as a caregiver in MATEJI's accredited facilities. Students must work in these facilities for at least 3 years.

- Students who do not pass the Japan National Licensure Exam for Caregivers in their first year may be sent back to the Philippines or may choose to extend their stay by enrolling in MATEJI again.

- Students must shoulder the tuition expenses in their second year.





JPEPA

What is JPEPA?


JPEPA stands for Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement. Under JPEPA, the Philippines and Japan has a Memorandum of Understanding for training and employment of candidate Filipino nurses and caregivers in Japanese health care facilities.

Since 2008, Japan has been accepting Filipino nurses and caregivers under JPEPA. Under the agreement, fully qualified nurses and certified caregivers from the Philippines, are brought to Japan to work for up to 3 years. Applicants undergo a Japanese language and culture training for the first 6 months in Japan and work the rest of the 3 years. After the 3 years, each applicant takes the Japanese national licensure examination.

If the applicants pass, they have the option to stay for an unlimited period in Japan to practice their profession based on new and upgraded employment contracts with Japanese employers.

If the applicants fail twice, they are sent back to the Philippines.




Who are JPEPA Returnees?


JPEPA returnees are those who have gone to Japan under the JPEPA program and finished the 3 years contract. They should carry a certificate of completion for the program.





When in Japan

Where will we stay in Japan?


Students will be staying in the boarding house of our partner school in Japan with a minimal rental fee.




How many hours can we work per week?


During school season, April to July, September to December, & January to March, students may work part-time in our accredited partner’s facilities for up to 28 hours per week.

During off-school season students may work up to 40 hours per week. This does NOT apply to weekends during school season.




How much can we stand to earn per month working part-time?


Up until September 30, 2017, the minimum wage rate for Chiba prefecture is ¥842.

During school season, students can earn up to ¥23,576 per week, or ¥94,304 per month.

During off-season, students can earn up to ¥33,680 per week, or ¥134,720 per month.




Where will we be studying?


Students will be studying in MATE Japanese Institute.




What kind of work can we do part-time?


Students may work only in our accredited partners’ facilities as caregiver aides.




When and where do we take the Japan National Licensure Exam for Caregivers?


The Japan National Licensure Examinations for caregivers takes place every end of January. Students must shoulder the expenses of their exam application at ¥16,000.




What happens if we fail the licensure exam?


Students will have two chances to take the licensure exam. Once in their first year and another in their second year. Those who do not pass the first exam may still take the second exam.

However, the scholarship program convers only a one-year tuition fee of any student. Students who wish to stay in Japan after their first year and did not pass the licensure exam may do so at their own expense.

Students who failed in their first year may come back to the Philippines and apply again as caregivers for Japan via POEA accredited agencies.




What happens when we pass the Japan National Licensure Exam for Caregivers?


Students who pass the Japan National Licensure Exam for Caregivers in their first year will be offered a full time position as a caregiver in MATEJI's accredited facilities. Students must work in these facilities for at least 3 years.




What is the Japan National Licensure Exam for Caregivers?


This exam is annual licensure exam for aspiring caregivers who wish to work full time. Fully certified caregivers are highly valued in Japan and normally receive high wages due to its demand. Non-certificate holders may only work as a caregiver aide with lesser pay.





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