Applying to YIS

Thank you for your interest in Yokohama International School. See below for the step-by-step guide to our online application process. Please note that we are in the process of introducing a new admissions portal system that will streamline and provide a more seamless experience for families applying to YIS. Applicants for the 2023-24 school year (August 2023 - June 2024) are directed to this new Admissions Portal, while those applying for entry in the remainder of the 2022-23 school year will use the existing online application process.  

In either case, If you have not already done so, please start by reviewing our Admissions Policy and if you have any questions about eligibility or other matters, please contact our Admissions Office.

Contact Admissions

Our admissions office is located on the second floor of the North Building and is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm when school is in session. We are open from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm during the summer break, but are closed during the fall, winter and spring breaks.

Susan Chen
Admissions & Student Affairs Manager
Sophie Kitayama
Admissions Assistant
Phone: +81 (0) 45 622 5590


Application Guides

Application Timing

Applicants Residing Outside Japan - Rolling Admissions

We accept and review overseas applications throughout the year on an as-received basis. Once the application is complete, including receipt of all required documents and payment of the application fee, we usually notify applicants of our admission decision within a few weeks. Although we do not have set application deadlines for applicants coming from outside Japan, because of high demand for spaces we encourage you to apply by early March (early February for high school applicants) for entry at the beginning of the school year in August. If you wish to start in January (all grades except Grade 11 and 12), we advise you to apply by early November. For those considering Grade 11 and 12, please contact our Admissions Department for further information.

Applicants Already Residing in Japan - Admission Periods

Applicants already residing in Japan may apply to enroll at the beginning of the school year. Under special circumstances (such as transfer from schools running on a Japanese school calendar), and at the discretion of the relevant principal, mid-year enrollment may also be allowed. Japan-resident applications for certain grades (ELC and high school) are reviewed in bulk and decisions announced per the table below. 

Key Dates for Applicants Already Residing in Japan (for August 2023 Entry)

  ELC Elementary Middle School High School
Application Deadline* April 14, 2023 No deadline (advised by March 31, 2023) No deadline (advised by March 31, 2023) Jan. 27, 2023
Decision Notification Early May 2023 Rolling notification for grades with ample space availability; late April 2023 for grades with limited spaces. Rolling notification for grades with ample space availability; late April 2023 for grades with limited spaces. Late February 2023 for initial notification.
Late April 2023 for applicants placed in the wait pool.

* Applications submitted after the dates above will still be considered, but space availability is likely to be limited.


Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of ¥35,000 per applicant is due and payable at the time of application. Please note that applications are not considered complete – and therefore the screening process may not begin – until payment of the application fee is confirmed. Online payment by credit card is preferred, but payment by bank transfer or cash in person at our business office are also accepted.