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Overview

Gain fascinating insights into Japan’s rich language, culture and society

Let your love of the Japanese language give you an edge in the international job market.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • International

  • Available for international students via distance learning

Massey’s Bachelor of Arts (Japanese) will equip you with upper-intermediate and above language skills in spoken and written Japanese.

You can expect to gain competence approximately equivalent to Level Three and above of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. No prior Japanese language learning is required. However, if you have studied some Japanese previously, please contact the programme coordinator for advice on the appropriate entry level.

The BA in Japanese is not suitable for native Japanese speakers.

Relevant in a global context

Discover the world from the Japanese perspective. Learn how Japan has interacted with the rest of the world.

Interactive study and supportive staff

Whether you study on campus or by distance, you will learn from supportive, passionate staff. You'll use study materials with digital exercises and assignments, audio, videos and presentations. You can integrate your own self-study with these supportive learning resources. Distance students can attend regular live online language tutorials. You won't have to learn on your own. Everyone can practise speaking Japanese in a shared environment.

Uniquely combines culture and language

Language does not exist in isolation. It becomes more powerful when it is learnt in a cultural context. Courses on Japanese culture, society, literature and film will give you a rich perspective for understanding Japan. Some are delivered in English. Through exploring this context, you will also explore your own culture and identity.

Careers and further study

Careers

With a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Japanese, you will have career prospects in many vital spheres, including:

  • business
  • trade and commerce
  • education
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching programme (JET)
  • foreign affairs
  • military and strategic affairs
  • border security
  • tourism
  • disaster management
  • creative arts
  • website localisation

Further study

You are encouraged to apply for scholarships for postgraduate study in Japan. A second major in another subject will enable you to undertake a postgraduate qualification in that subject with a Japanese perspective, e.g. in history, social anthropology, linguistics.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

There are no specific entry requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (Japanese), outside of university admission regulations.

No previous study of Japanese is required.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on any other prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Courses for this specialisation

Compulsory course

242103 Introduction to Japanese Culture 15

Subject courses

242101 Japanese 1A 15
242102 Japanese 1B 15
242201 Japanese 2A 15
242202 Japanese 2B 15
242203 Japanese Language and Society 15
242205 Japanese Cinema 15
242301 Japanese 3A 15
242302 Japanese 3B 15
242304 Reading and Writing about Current Japan 15
242305 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 15
242307 Japanese-English Translation Techniques 15
242390 Individual Research Project in Japanese Studies 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full time, in the first year you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school if you wish. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

About this major

The only compulsory course is the introductory Japanese culture course at 100-level, but you will need to complete Japanese 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B in order to take the 300-level courses required for the major. To complement the language courses there are courses on Japanese culture, language, society and cinema which are taught in English. 

If you already have prior knowledge of Japanese, you may enter at higher levels, subject to successful completion of an online placement test. You will need to contact the Programme Coordinator using the Enquire button on this page before you embark on language courses, so that you commence your studies at the most appropriate level for you.

Minors

Completing a minor is optional. Minors increase the breadth of your degree. They give you extra knowledge, attributes and capabilities.

A minor must be in a different subject from your major.

A Bachelor of Arts (Japanese) with a minor

You may choose a minor from any University undergraduate degree that has recognised minors. If the minor is from another undergraduate degree, the regulations of that programme will apply.

All BA majors can be taken as minors and there are also some additional minor-only subjects.

A Japanese minor (for students who are studying a different degree) 

If you are not studying towards a BA (Japanese) and wish to complete a minor in Japanese see the BA regulations for requirements.  

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • are interested in different people and cultures
  • are good with languages and keen to learn a new one like Japanese
  • want skills that can take you all over the world.

Key information for students

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Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

 

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships