University of Canterbury

24 months
19721 USD/year
4840 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


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.


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 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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. 




240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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.
  • National Students - 7,535 NZD
  • International Students -30,700


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Overseas financial aid

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