Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.
On this page:
- Undergraduate information
- Postgraduate information
- How to find out more
- Related subjects and careers
- List of courses
This subject is taught by the School of Languages and Cultures.
Sushi, sumo, samurai. Sound familiar? Japanese culture has had a profound and long-lasting influence on the West. Not only is Japan one of the biggest economies in the world, it also has one of the most fascinating cultures.
Whether you have studied Japanese at school or are a complete beginner, the School of Languages and Cultures gives you a comprehensive and supportive education in spoken and written Japanese within the Bachelor of Arts (BA).
The emphasis is on getting you involved and speaking straight away. Through classes and fun tutorials, and the multimedia learning support at the Language Learning Centre, you will find you are soon ready for later courses in modern Japanese culture and society. You can also take Japanese as part of a major in Modern Language Studies.
The Japanese are enthusiastic travellers from a vibrant country. Open up a world of fascination by equipping yourself with Japanese at Victoria.
BA major requirements
- JAPA 113
- JAPA 204 and JAPA 205 and 20 further points from JAPA 200–299
- JAPA 304 and JAPA 305 and 20 further points from JAPA 300–399
*Requirement (1) will be waived for students who have the appropriate NCEA Level 3 requirements (or equivalent).
- Absolute beginners should enrol in JAPA 111 Introduction to the Japanese Language.
- Students who have passed NCEA Level 2 in Japanese should apply to enrol in JAPA 112 Elementary Japanese.
- Students who have passed NCEA Level 3 in Japanese should apply to enrol in JAPA 204 Japanese Language 2A.
Other students with some prior knowledge of Japanese will be admitted to the appropriate course after assessment of their competence. Please contact Japanese Programme staff prior to enrolment.
Postgraduate qualifications in Japanese
For information specific to Japanese, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.
You can order more information on this subject using our Request for Study Material form.
Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.
Contact the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' Student and Academic Services Office for information on admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites.
Japanese courses are taught within the School of Languages and Cultures. The School office is located in Room 610, von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn campus.
For a complete course listing, see the list of all Japanese courses.
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|100 Level Courses|
JAPA 111 – Introduction to the Japanese Language
JAPA 112 – Elementary Japanese
JAPA 113 – Introduction to Japanese Culture and Society
|200 Level Courses|
FHSS 210 – Study Abroad for Language Students
JAPA 204 – Japanese Language 2A
JAPA 205 – Japanese Language 2B
JAPA 213 – Japanese Culture through Literature
JAPA 214 – Special Topic
|300 Level Courses|
FHSS 310 – Study Abroad for Language Students
JAPA 301 – Japanese Language 3A
JAPA 302 – Japanese Language 3B
JAPA 304 – Japanese Language 3A
JAPA 305 – Japanese Language 3B
JAPA 312 – Japanese Mythology
JAPA 314 – Special Topic
JAPA 322 – Readings in Japanese Culture and Society
|400 Level Courses|
JAPA 401 – Advanced Japanese Language
JAPA 405 – Special Topic: Japanese Mythology
JAPA 412 – Japanese Mythology
JAPA 489 – Research Project