Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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.

Undergraduate information

Japanese major requirements

  1. JAPA 111 and 112*
  2. JAPA 113
  3. JAPA 204 and JAPA 205 and 20 further points from JAPA 200–299
  4. 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).

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 information

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.

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If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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List of courses

Japanese courses are taught within the School of Languages and Cultures. The School office is located in Room 610, von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn campus.

Please note: the list of courses displays undergraduate– and postgraduate–level courses for this subject.

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