Develop your communication skills in the Japanese language to gain a greater understanding of the culture, society and history of Japan.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Japan is famous for its pop culture, great food, long history, rich traditions, beautiful seasons and nature, advanced technology, and much more. It is also one of Australia’s major economic and political partners, as well as in cultural exchange, and research and development.
Develop your ability to engage professionally with the people and culture of Japan. This course focuses on a communicative approach, which steadily builds your proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing contemporary Japanese, as well as learning about many aspects of Japanese culture and society.
This course features integration of on-campus learning and in-country study which allows students to undertake an exchange program in Japan. After completing either your second or third-year units in Japanese language, you’ll have the opportunity to study for one or two semesters at one of our 10 Japanese partner universities. If you have completed ATAR Japanese, you might be eligible for our fast-track course, where you can skip first-year Japanese units.
7 reasons to study Japanese at Murdoch
- Murdoch has received a five-star rating for median graduate starting salaries in the field of languages*.
*Source: The Good Universities Guide 2020
- You can study a Japanese major and two minors in Asian Studies, Global Politics, Modern History or Anthropology, or alternatively study two majors in 3 years and graduate with several specialisations, further enhancing your career prospects.
- You can immerse yourself in Japanese culture and language through study for one or more semesters at one of our 10 partner universities across Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kyoto and Hyogo.
- Since 1992, Murdoch students have won a total of $4.9 million in scholarships for study in Japan, averaging $140,000 annually over the past decade, with many being awarded a valuable and prestigious Western Australian Government Japanese Studies Scholarship.
- Murdoch has secured 52 New Colombo Plan scholarships from the Commonwealth Government worth $7000 each to support exchange to Japan for the next three years.
- Build friendships with exchange students from Japanese partner universities who come to study at Murdoch and continue those friendships when you go on exchange to Japan.
- Benefit from our strong links with the Asian region through our Asia Research Centre, an international leader in the study of East and Southeast Asia.
What you’ll learn
Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:
- contemporary Japanese spoken and written language
- Japanese cultural practices
- Japanese worldviews
- many aspects of the society, history and nature of Japan
- research skills and methods using Japanese sources.
Customise your course
Customise your course with a second major or combined degree. Adding a second major or combined degree enhances your career prospects and allows you to specialise in two areas of study. Here are some combinations we recommend:
- Games Art and Design
- Global Politics and Policy
- International Aid and Development
- Tourism and Events
- Law + Arts.
Your future career
When you graduate, you’ll have the language skills and cultural knowledge needed to work in a broad range of industries, both locally and internationally.
Careers could include:
- Interpreter or Translator
- Hospitality or Tourism Operator
- Teacher or Academic
- Professional in Japan.
You can apply for professional accreditation as an interpreter and translator through testing by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
- Perth Campus (some units external)
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Not available (International students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
The course is open to beginners as well as those with some Japanese language competency. Students with language competency may be granted exemption from lower level language units and be placed at the level appropriate to their level of competency. Such students may be required to take alternative units to replace the lower-level language units.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
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