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Do I need to understand Japanese?
Le Cordon Bleu Japan is the most international Culinary Arts Education Institution in Japan, with the Classic Cycle programs - Le Grand Diplome, the Pastry Diploma, the Cuisine Diploma and the Bakery Diploma- proposed in English, Japanese, or Chinese in Tokyo, and the Classic Cycle Pastry Diploma in Japanese/ Chinese in Kobe. It is not compulsory neither required to speak, read or understand any Japanese to attend our Diploma courses. Additionnally, the WSET® 1 is currently available in Japanese and in English.
Do I get a student visa?
Le Cordon Bleu Japan does not support the application to Students Visa, but can support the application the "short-term visas", called "Temporary Visitors Visa" when applications to stay or enter into Japan are required, as per individual request and under specific conditions. Please note that Le Cordon Bleu Japan does not guarantee the successful application of these types of visas. This decision is the sole discretion of the Japanese authorities. Please contact us at for precisions.
Do you have any support for accommodation?
A list with references for housing and accommodation can be given by Le Cordon Bleu School representatives. In some case, there are some special offer for Le Cordon Bleu students only.
How long doest it take a diploma course?
At Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo, it is possible to graduate in any language from: - Le Grand Diplome in 9 months, - The Pastry Diploma in 3 months, - The Bakery Diploma in 3 months, - The Cuisine Diploma in 6 months. At Le Cordon Bleu Kobe,it is possible to graduate from the Chinese / Japanese pastry class in 3 monhts. Week-end Diploma programs, which are either on Saturday or Sunday, are available in Japanese. In the later case, each certificate will last 6 months, therefore the graduation of Le Grand Diplome can be done in 2 years to 3.5 years, while the Cuisine Diploma will last 2 years, the Pastry diploma 1.5 year and the Bakery diploma 1 year.
When can I start?
In Tokyo: Pastry Diploma programs open every term for all languages. Bakery Diploma programs open in Winter and Summer terms in English, and in Spring and Autumn terms in Chinese and Japanese. Cuisine Diploma programs open in Spring and Autumn in English and Japanese, and in Winter and Summer in Chinese. In Kobe: Pastry Diploma Program in Japanese/ Chinese opens every terms. In Tokyo and Kobe: Week-end 1/week class open in Spring and Autumn terms.
How much is the tuition?
Please refer the tuition fees page, or Brochure Request.
What are the requirements to apply
To apply to a program of the Classic Cycle - Le Grand Diplome, the Cuisine Diploma, the Pastry Diploma, or the Bakery diploma, candidated must be 18 year old when the class start, and possess a Senior High School Diploma or equivalent. Candidates must have a sufficient level in the language to which class they wish to apply: native or JLPT N3 minimum for the classes in Japanese, native for the classes in Chinese and the equivalent of the IELTS 5.0 pts, TOEFL ibt. Min 60 pts, TOEIC 580/900 pts, or equivalent. For English and Japanese, language certificates are not required, but in such case, proof of language efficiency may be asked - such as having studied in English in class-, or / and an interview to assess the adequate level of English, conducted.
Where are students coming from?
The Tokyo School is completely international, with students coming from 20 different countries and with as many nationalities and gathered around the passion of the Culinary Arts. Students from all over the world attend the classes in English, from Europe ( Swiss, Italy, France), Russia, the USA and Canada, Australia, South-East Asia ( Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, etc), South Africa, Madagascar, Latin and South America ( Brazil, Mexico, Colombia), Korea, Taiwan or China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong-Kong or Japan, and so on. Classes in Chinese are composed of students from Taiwan, China mainland, Macao, Hong-Kong, and some from Malaysia or Singapore. Classes in Japanese are composed of students from Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Russia, China, Hong-Kong, Indonesia, etc.