The JASWDC Japanese Language School is DC’s premier Japanese language school. We are proud to offer quality Japanese language classes taught by seasoned professionals across three terms every year.

Fluent Japanese Teachers

Our teachers are all fluent Japanese speakers with years of experience in education.

Online Classes

All JASWDC Japanese Language School Classes are offered online so you can study Japanese no matter where you are.

Study at any level

From complete beginner to N1 prep courses – we have a class to suit all levels!

Connect with teachers

With small class sizes we make sure you get the attention you need from teachers.


Winter Term: January 9 – April 9, 2023 (13 weeks)

From September 2022 the JASWDC Japanese Language School (JLS) will transition from a four term to a three term system.

Under the new system, each term will run for 13 weeks and summer classes will no longer be held.  In making these changes we hope to give students more time to study class materials and practice Japanese.  Classes meet once a week for thirteen weeks in the morning or evening (eastern time).

We are dedicated to providing in-depth, accessible language classes tailored to suit your level. As such, all JLS classes are offered online through Zoom. Contact language@jaswdc.org for more information.

For all questions, please call (202) 833-2210 or e-mail language@jaswdc.org. If you need assistance finding the most suitable class for your level, you may call or e-mail us, or take a self-assessment placement test.

We kindly ask that you refer to our FAQ before inquiring. Thank you.

About the Japanese Language School

The Japan-America Society of Washington DC operates the premier Japanese language school for adults in the Washington DC area. Many of our students say that it is also the best Japanese language center in DC.

The Japan-America Society of Washington DC promotes friendship and understanding between Americans and Japanese through diverse programming that spans through the educational, cultural, business, and policy spheres.  In support of this mission, the Society’s Japanese Language School exists to encourage the study of Japanese language in the US-Japan community and beyond by providing access to high-quality and affordable Japanese language classes across a range of experience and skill levels. 

In a recent survey, 96% of our students said that they would recommend the Japanese Language School (JLS) to others. Students say they value the quality of instruction from our native speakers, the school’s convenient downtown location (near two Metro stops!), and its evening class hours.

During the year JLS offers 15 different classes at four basic levels, from beginning to advanced. JLS holds preparatory classes in the fall for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), which is recognized worldwide as the standard examination for determining Japanese language competency.

Classes meet once a week and are conducted from Monday-Friday in the evening (eastern time) online. All classes are at 5:30pm or 7:10pm for 1.5hrs.

In 2022/2023, JLS plans to begin and end its Japanese language terms as follows:

Fall: September 6 – December 4, 2022
Winter: January 9 – April 9, 2023
Spring: May 8 – August 6, 2023
Fall: September 5 – December 10, 2023

JLS is more than a language school. When JLS students join the Japan-America Society, they also get to participate in the full range of the Society’s activities and interact with our Japanese and American members.

If you would like to be placed on a wait list or have any questions please contact us at language@jaswdc.org or 202-833-2210.