TIS offers a Spring Headstart Program that runs from the end of March to June (our third term). This gives students a chance to get used to the school environment and gives non-native English speakers the opportunity to develop their English language skills before starting a new grade in September. This program is available to children entering all grades.

Please see below for the rates for the 2017 Spring Headstart Program (April to June 2017).

Application Fee

20,000 yen (one time only, upon acceptance)
Paid in full after acceptance has been confirmed.

Test of English Proficiency

Fee TBA (one time only, if applicant is not fluent in English)
Paid in full after acceptance has been confirmed.

Registration Fee

80,000 yen (one time only, upon acceptance)
Paid in full by April 1.

Activity Fee

Throughout the year our students go on regular educational field trips and experience visits from experts in fields, such as the arts and science. This fee enables our school to support these valuable and enriching educational experiences.

10,000 yen per student (annual)
Paid in full by April 1.

Facilities Fee

50,000 yen
Paid in full by April 1.

Materials Fee

60,000 yen
Paid in full by April 1.

Tuition Fees

Pre-Kindergarten (ages 3 to 5)
One payment of 280,000 yen (payable by April 1);
OR three payments payable by April 1 (100,000), May 1 (100,000), Jun 1 (80,000)

Kindergarten, Grades 1 to 10
One payment of 320,000 yen (payable by April 1);
OR three payments payable by April 1 (120,000), May 1 (100,000), Jun 1 (100,000)


  • 50% discount on tuition fees for younger siblings.
  • discount for children of parents who work as researchers in Tsukuba (more information)

Please see the fees page for more information on discounts and payment procedures.

We expect to offer Grade 11 in the 2017-18 school year, and Grade 12 in the following year.

Class Trip Fees

In addition to our regular educational field trips, our students go on a special excursion with their classmates every year. We ask parents to contribute the following amounts for these trips. The amounts vary slightly each year based on the costs of the trips, but this is a rough estimate of the cost per grade. Parents will be informed of the actual amount, and the deadline for payment, closer to the time of their child’s class trip.

NOTE: Some of these class trips will have already taken place before the Headstart Program commences. In that case, these fees will not apply for the current academic year.

Grade Estimated Cost to Parents
Pre-Kindergarten approximately ¥3,000/student
Kindergarten approximately ¥3,000/student
Grade 1 approximately ¥7,500/student
Grade 2 approximately ¥7,500/student
Grade 3 approximately ¥10,000/student
Grade 4 approximately ¥15,000/student
Grade 5 approximately ¥17,500/student
Grade 6 approximately ¥30,000/student
Grade 7 approximately ¥40,000/student
Grade 8 approximately ¥40,000/student
Grade 9 approximately ¥50,000/student
Grade 10 approximately ¥50,000/student

External Testing Fees

Parents must pay the necessary fees for external tests, such as TOEFL, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, or the Kanji Proficiency Test. Some of these tests are mandatory and some are optional.

Bus Fees

TIS offers a school bus with several convenient stops near four train stations and a variety of locations in Tsukuba.

    • 20km from school (e.g. Arakawaoki) = 16,500 yen
    • 15km from school (e.g. Namiki, Sengen) = 15,500 yen
    • 10km from school (e.g. Kenkyu Gakuen, Tsukuba Center, Ninomiya, Matsushiro) = 15,000 yen
    • 5km from school (e.g. Banpaku Kinen Koen) = 14,000 yen

After School Care Fees

Tsukuba International School offers after school care from 3:05pm until 4:40pm (from 2:00pm for parents of Pre-K students). Parents can use this service on a per-day, per-month, or per-year basis. Reservations and payments must be made in advance. Parents who chose to pay on a per-day basis must remit the payment at least one day in advance. Parents who choose to pay on a per-month basis must remit the payment before the 1st of the month. Parents who choose to pay on an annual basis must remit the payment before September 1. When the monthly or yearly rates are chosen, refunds will not be issued for days missed.

Daily Rate Monthly Rate Annual Rate
(1,500 yen/day) (1,200 yen/day) (1,000 yen/day)
5 days per week 1,500 yen 24,000 yen 200,000 yen
4 days per week 1,500 yen 19,200 yen 160,000 yen
3 days per week 1,500 yen 14,400 yen 120,000 yen
2 days per week 1,500 yen 9,600 yen 80,000 yen
1 day per week 1,500 yen 4,800 yen 40,000 yen


Students in Grades 4 to 10 are asked to bring their own computers (laptops) to school. Please see the Bring Your Own Laptop Program page for more information.