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.
More informationVisit official programme website
- 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
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
It is recommended to apply as early as possible in advance of your intended start date, to allow for visa and other arrangements.
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 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.
International19721 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 19721 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
National4840 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4840 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
- National Students - 7,535 NZD
- International Students -30,700
Scholarships, grants and awards are a great way to fund your university study.
Student loans and allowances
For domestic students, the most common option for funding your study is the New Zealand government's student loans and allowances. Here you can learn more about what they cover, and how to apply.
Overseas financial aid
If you are an international student coming to UC, you may be eligible for tuition or other financial aid from your home country, so make sure to check all your overseas financial aid options.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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Check the official programme website for potential updates.