Japanese Studies

High-tech Japan's arts and pop culture are reshaping our world.

Japanese is spoken by some 127 million people within Japan and millions more globally. Taking up Japanese studies at The University of Adelaide provides you with the language skills to understand, research and work with Japanese here or around the world. You will be able to discover first hand Japanese art, pop culture (such as music, gaming, animé or manga), high tech culture and traditions.

As a Japanese studies student you will:

  • Learn to read and write in Japanese
  • Gain the skills to listen and speak in Japanese
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture
  • Study the Japanese influence in modern society
  • Improve your understanding of how language works
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad.

By learning another language you will set yourself apart from others. Your Japanese language skills and cultural knowledge will enhance your career prospects in Australia and abroad. Japan, the world’s third largest economy and Australia’s second biggest trading partner, offers all sorts of opportunities.

Exchange programs
As a University of Adelaide student you will have access to over 100 overseas exchange programs around the world. The University of Adelaide has student exchange links with several Japanese universities including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sophia, Chuo and others. As a Japanese studies student you can study overseas for one semester or one year and gain credit towards your University of Adelaide degree. We also offer an intensive Japanese in-country summer school in Kyoto.

Degrees that offer this study area

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)
Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Economics
Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Electrical and Electronic) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Environmental) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechanical) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of International Development
Bachelor of International Relations
Bachelor of International Relations with Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Languages
Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Media with Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Economics
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Music
Diploma in Languages
Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts
Honours Degree of Bachelor of Languages

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching
  • International law
  • Diplomacy
  • Translation
  • Interpreter
  • Corporate executive
  • Tourism
  • Research

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