About Japanese

We offer a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Japanese, supported by staff who actively research issues in Japanese language and culture.

Studying Japanese

We teach Japanese language at all levels. Our comprehensive programme of Japanese studies ranges from courses for beginners in their first year of undergraduate study to advanced PhD students.

In addition to a strong foundation in language acquisition, we offer opportunities to study Japanese linguistics, history, literature, popular culture and religion with academic staff who are established researchers.

Studying Japanese can give you a broad knowledge of modern Japan and an understanding of its language and culture. New Zealand and Japan enjoy significant trade and cultural ties. You can develop the skills and knowledge needed to bridge cultural gaps and work in social and business environments.

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Overseas study opportunities

We encourage students to take advantage of both short-term and long-term study opportunities in Japan at partner institutions.

Find out more about Japanese study abroad

Staff and research in Japanese

Our research interests include Japanese language and linguistics, language teaching, and Japanese literature and culture. We collaborate with staff across the School and are also connected to the New Zealand Asia Institute.

Find out more about staff research in Japanese.