Japan is one of the most influential nations in the Asian-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.
- Become an expert in Japanese as well as in history and culture with many cultural courses that you can take along with your language courses.
- 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.
For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:
- JAPA208 Japanese Society OR JAPA212 Japanese Society and Culture in Film and Literature
- Two 200-level JAPA 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.
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Bachelor of Sport Coaching, or Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level JAPA courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level, and including at least one Japanese language course
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.
Some career pathways can include:
- Interpreting and translation
- International relations
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Japanese.
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