Consolidate your language skills

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Spending time in Japan is a great way to practice and perfect the language skills you acquire in Japanese at UC. There are a number of options for students seeking an opportunity to reinforce their studies by immersing themselves in Japanese language and culture.

Exchange programmes

Japanese enjoys several alliances with organisations in Japan:

  • An undergraduate exchange programme with Bunkyo University (established in 1997) and an exchange for academic staff and students with Waseda University (established in 2001).
  • The Kwansei Gakuin University Exchange. Kwansei Gakuin University has a exchange agreement with partner institutions overseas, including UC. Students may apply to participate in studies at Kwansei Gakuin University while they are enroled at UC.
  • The Akita Exchange. Akita International University (AIU) is a small international university that offers courses in Global Business, Global Studies, Basic Education (liberal arts), Japan Studies and Japanese Language. AIU offers: International education entirely in English; very small class sizes (and interactive classes); and a great opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, history, and politics. (Japanese students who are studying Economics frequently go on this exchange.)

UC Internship programme

The College of Arts' internship courses place students in a Japanese company, where they apply and extend their Japanese language skills and knowledge. Find out more.

Asia:NZ Internships

Japanese-speaking graduates with a bachelor’s degree or higher in Japanese language and engineering, management or tourism are eligible to apply for a funded internship with Kyushu Railway Company in Japan, for a period of six weeks. More information and application details is available online.