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Bachelor of Arts (Japanese)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Gain fascinating insights into Japan’s rich culture and history

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

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What is it like?

Massey’s BA (Japanese) will equip you with advanced language skills in spoken and written Japanese, coupled with a solid understanding of the cultural background underpinning this complex and powerful society.

With your BA (Japanese), you can expect to acquire competence approximately equivalent to Level Two of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Nihongo Noryoku Shiken). 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.

Relevant in a global context

The increasingly multicultural and global nature of society means it is important to learn new languages and about other cultures, and how they interact with, and are affected by, your own and other cultures. The BA (Japanese) shows you the world from the Japanese perspective, and how Japan has interacted with the rest of the world.

The BA (Japanese) produces many of its own digital study materials, relevant to Australasian students, so you will gain skills that are applicable to your own communities.

Interactive study and supportive tutors

Whether you study on campus or by distance, you will learn from supportive, passionate academics who produce study materials complete with digital exercises, audio, videos and presentations. Your lecturers deliver regular live online tutorials/lectures at various times to fit with your busy schedule.

They ensure that you don’t have to learn on your own and that everyone can practise speaking Japanese in a shared environment.

Uniquely combines culture and language

Language does not exist in isolation, and becomes more powerful when it is learnt in a cultural context. You will use film, anime and literature to examine social, historical and political developments. Through exploring this context, you will also explore your own culture and identity.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in different people and cultures
  • Are good with languages and keen to learn a new one
  • Want skills that can take you all over the world


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

  • Business
  • Development
  • Education
  • Foreign affairs
  • Trade and commerce
  • Tourism
  • Policy analysis

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