The Japanese major consists of 45 units of lower- and upper-division coursework. Upper-division courses in Japanese are generally conducted in Japanese, and students are expected to use Japanese in their speaking, reading, and writing.

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Key Facts



BA (Hons) Japanese

Degree Duration

4 Years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year One


Start Dates

Degree Overview

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Japanese:

Language, Linguistics: Students will speak, listen, write, and read Japanese throughout a variety of language and linguistic courses.
Culture: Students will identify and analyze various elements of Japanese culture not only through a range of culture-focused courses but also through general language courses.
Literature: Students will read and analyze authentic Japanese literary texts and develop their understanding of multi-faceted nature of literary analysis in relation to various contexts and perspectives.
Writing skills: Students should be able to write coherent and engaging essays in Japanese that conform to accepted academic standards.

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  • You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

The program is ranked No. 2 among the “Most Popular Schools for Japanese Language and Literature” in the entire nation according to a study by StateUniversity.com.

The undergraduate Japanese program focuses on developing proficiency in the language in a sociocultural context by offering a variety of language training courses and by conducting courses in culture, linguistics and literature in Japanese.

Your Pathways

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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San Francisco State University

Founded in 1889, SF State offers world-class academics, a diverse campus and an incredible location for students.

With around 27,000 students from all over the globe, international students find SF State a truly welcoming community and diverse place to live in.

SF State has been included in the Top 20 colleges nationwide for best location. It was also rated one of the most diverse colleges in America, according to Wall Street Journal’s 2022 College Rankings.