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Japanese, M.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #227 (QS) Christchurch, New Zealand
Japan is one of the most influential nations in the Asia-Pacific region — culturally, diplomatically and economically. It is a key player in New Zealand's import and export, tourism and education markets and continues to be an attractive destination for Japanese graduates at University of Canterbury.
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Overview

Aspects of Japanese culture have become popular in much of Asia, Australasia and America. These include animation, computer games, fashion, art, sport and spirituality.

Learning the Japanese language helps you to do business with Japanese people and multinational companies, equips you for a job in Japan and opens up an understanding of a proud people with a long history and fascinating culture.

Why study Japanese at University of Canterbury?

  • The Japanese programme at UC offers a wide range of courses in Japanese language and related subjects up to PhD level.
  • It is supported by a strong team of staff specialising in linguistics, literature, theatre, society, tradition and modern culture.
  • In language classes, equal emphasis is placed on the four key language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Communicative and cultural competency in Japanese is developed through regular interaction with native speakers and practice communicating in a range of real-life situations.
  • Courses in the programme are complemented by a number of specialised courses on Japanese history, art, political science and music offered through various Schools in the College of Arts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Japanese Culture
  • Elementary Japanese
  • Japanese Society and Culture in Film and Literature
  • Special Topic in Japanese Language
  • Independent Course of Study
  • Independent Course of Study: Readings in Contemporary Japanese Literature
  • Independent Course of Study: Topics in Advancing Japanese 
  • Advancing Japanese 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    It is recommended to apply as early as possible in advance of your intended start date, to allow for visa and other arrangements. 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    575

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • UC offers courses for beginners and those who have studied Japanese previously. To major in Japanese without any prior background in the language will take three years.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19721 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19721 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4840 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • National Students - 7,535 NZD
  • International Students -30,700

Living costs for Christchurch

  • 1300 - 2000 NZD/month
    Living Costs

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