Japanese studies

Japanese studies

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Japanese studies provides a unique opportunity to engage with one of the world's most complex and dynamic cultures.

Monash has one of the best-established centres for Japanese language and culture studies in Australia. Many of our students are avid fans of Japanese traditions and modern society, and we host a popular Japanese club and Manga library.

Importantly, Japan is a key strategic partner for Australia, and your studies will enable a career path in areas of government, diplomacy, translation and language teaching.

You'll also have exciting opportunities to study in Japan with our university exchange programs.

Monash has one of the most extensive programs in Japanese studies in Australia. Our Japanese-language units cater to students from introductory to advanced levels. If you've studied Japanese at school, or have some language skills, we'll test you to make sure that you're in the right class.

Then we'll take you through our language units, which encompass elements of Japanese society and culture.

Studying a language gives you more than the language. It offers you the unique opportunity to truly learn intercultural communication and to think broadly as you learn first hand about linguistic and cultural differences. It will challenge you to learn more about your own language and culture.

Our elective and capstone units, which are taught in English but incorporate Japanese source materials, include linguistics/applied linguistics, socio-cultural studies, history and translation. These units will help you better understand Japan and its context in Asia.

Exchange agreements with over 10 Japanese universities provide you with opportunities to take your studies to Japan. Scholarships are available from the university and the Japanese Government.

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This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.