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Study Japanese at Curtin

Japanese

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-JAPAN

Major
Japanese Major (BA)
Credit
200

Outline

Learn to speak Japanese – a fascinating language spoken by 135 million people worldwide. Classes range from beginners to advanced.

Helen Stewart

I really enjoyed the interactive nature of the classes and the opportunities to study from real-life sources of Japanese in a creative way. The opportunity to go on an exchange and participate in the Kobe University Summer Program were defining parts of my study experience at Curtin.

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Global Education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Work experience

Develop your skills on an international study tour. 

Japanese is a fascinating language that comprises several written systems and is spoken by 135 million people worldwide.

Japan is one of Australia’s top three trade partners and a gateway to Asian nations that are rapidly changing and rich with opportunities.

In this major you will gain a high level of literacy in Japanese and an advanced understanding of Japanese culture.

Prior study of Japanese is not required, and advanced classes are provided for students who have studied the language previously. The teaching methods that are applied to both spoken and written language use the latest technology and cultural awareness activities.

You'll graduate ready to explore career opportunities in Japan and bilingual roles in Australia and internationally.

Japanese is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a second major or choose from a range of elective units that support your career goals.

You can also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

See our handbook for more course information.

How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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Why study

  • Learning an Asian language can improve your career opportunities.
  • You'll develop intercultural skills that are increasingly important for the global economy.
  • You can study abroad and experience Japan for three weeks or a semester through an exchange program with one of our partner universities. You can also explore the language and cultural aspects to Japanese popular culture, such as Japanese anime, inventions and J-pop.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information

Careers

  • Interpreter / translator
  • Trade measurement officer
  • Hotel / motel manager
  • Tourism officer
  • Flight attendant.

Industries

  • International trade
  • Diplomacy
  • Banking and finance
  • Foreign affairs and trade
  • Mining and minerals production
  • Government / public service
  • International relations
  • International media
  • Education
  • Tourism and hospitality.

What you'll learn

  • communicate in Japanese and apply knowledge of applied linguistics and intercultural communication in a professional context
  • critically analyse issues in the context of cultural and linguistic differences
  • locate, evaluate and synthesise information from various sources using Japanese and English
  • function in both Japanese and English with an ability to communicate in an appropriate register in a range of situations and for a range of purposes
  • use technology effectively to collect information and communicate in both Japanese and English
  • take responsibility for own learning and professional development in an international context
  • evaluate and analyse issues arising in the region with in-depth knowledge of Japanese language and culture
  • interact with people from a range of cultures and backgrounds with an understanding of cultural differences
  • work independently and in teams with an intercultural understanding

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-JAPAN
  • Last updated on: March 26, 2021