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04 October 2023
Learning Japanese language helps you to do business with Japanese people and multinational companies.




Japan is one of the most influential nations in the Asia-Pacific region — culturally, economically, and diplomatically. The nation plays an important role in Aotearoa New Zealand’s economy and learning Japanese will be a great asset to your studies.

Studies in Japanese involve more than just reading, writing, and speaking. It will also involve learning the culture and the impact it has on Aotearoa and the world.


What will my study involve?

  • Become an expert in the Japanese language, history, and culture.
  • Exchange programmes with various universities throughout Japan including Bunkyo University and Kwansei Gakuin University.
  • Japanese can be studied alongside a range of bachelor’s degrees, or you can complete a certificate or diploma in Japanese with other studies.



Japanese major

For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:




It is highly recommended that you complete some Japanese language courses during their major study. The 100-level language courses are for absolute beginners or those with very little previous experience in Japanese language. Those with a high level of Japanese language proficiency may be given direct entry to 200-level language courses.

JAPA326 is an advanced language course required for all Japanese major students.

Japanese minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:



Career opportunities

Knowing languages is a highly sought-after skill. It helps with cross-cultural relationships and allows you to pursue a career in different parts of the world.

Many UC graduates have been granted opportunities to continue their studies or careers in Japan.

Career pathways can include:

  • interpreting and translation
  • tourism
  • international relations
  • education.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Japanese.

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