Overview: BC-Certified Offshore Schools in Japan

Teach abroad, travel in Asia, and explore Japan as an educator in a BC-certified offshore school. Since 2015, Bunka Suginami Canadian International School (BSCIS) has operated a BC curriculum program from within the Bunka Gakuen University Suginami Junior and Senior High School. It is the first and only BC offshore school that operates in Japan.

Teaching in Japan offers a myriad of employment and professional benefits, social and cultural experiences as well as travel and adventure.

Culture of Japan

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is the most “livable city” in the world according to Monocle Magazine’s 2017 Quality of Life Survey. They earned this distinction because of the city’s excellent public transportation system, low crime rate, plethora of art museums, and amazing dining options. Despite Tokyo’s sheer scale and size, it still maintains small-town warmth that emanates in many of its neighbourhoods and communities.

The culture in Japan is homogenous and steeped in tradition. Yet at the same time, it borrows and assimilates many influences from other North American, Asian and European countries.


Japanese students enrolled in the BC program work towards attaining a Dogwood Diploma. Students are locals or returning families to Japan. Whereas in other BC offshore schools, students in Japan return home at the end of the day and live with their families. Motivated to succeed academically, students are also sincerely respectful of teachers.


Bunka Suginami Canadian International School (BSCIS) is the only BC offshore school operator in Japan. As a condition of operating a BC offshore program, schools must employ BC-certified teachers. Canadian teachers that are not BC-certified can easily obtain a BC teaching certificate. Educators are attracted to Japan for the cultural experience, collegial school work environment, and opportunities to live and work in an ultra-modern and lively city.

Map of Japanese Schools