Why study Japanese?
Japan is one of the world’s leading economic powers and a major trading partner of the UK. Interest in Japanese language continues to grow worldwide not only for its economic power but also its popular cultures such as anime, manga, and entertainment industries (film, music, gaming technology), martial arts, philosophy, etc. According to a survey conducted by the Japan Foundation in 2009, over 36.5 million people are learning Japanese worldwide.
Studying Japanese will enable you to enjoy its rich and unique cultural heritage. It also helps you to understand how and why Japanese people behave and think in their way.
By studying a language and culture which is very different from your own, you will have an opportunity to rethink your own language and culture. This helps you to have a better understanding of your own heritage.
Studying Japanese will make you stand out from the crowd, giving you access to excellent job opportunities, including those in Japan.
Ways to study Japanese at the University of Birmingham
As a Minor Subject in a BA Major/Minor degree: Economics with Japanese, International Business with Japanese, BA Modern Languages
These are four-year programmes with study abroad in your third year. You study Japanese intensively along with your major subject. The length of stay in Japan varies from 4 months to 10 months, depending on your degree programme. The programme aims at complete beginners but could accommodate post GCSE Japanese students.
As a Module outside the Main Discipline available via Languages for All (LfA)
Japanese is available as a language MOMD (an optional module), which can be taken by students from most School across the University. The module is worth 20 credits out of the120 credits which you are required to study per annum. Availability of the MOMD scheme varies. Please check with your department/School before enrolling, as some degree programmes do not have provision for MOMD study. Japanese currently offers various levels from Level 1 (for the complete beginner) to Level 7 (for post A-level Japanese students).
As an Open Access Extra-Curricular Course available via Languages for All (LfA)
Japanese courses are available in our Open Access programme, which is available to all. Students meet for 2 hours per week over 20 weeks in the University autumn and spring terms. A course fee is payable on enrolment. Please see Open access Courses for further details.
Do you represent a School or a College?
If you are a school or college teaching courses in Japanese or would just like to find out more about Languages for All, please contact us.
Languages for All
The University of Birmingham
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 3324