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Curtin University

Welcome to our Japanese Program!

Expand your horizons

Are you interested in the language of the country where a great mixture of tradition and cutting-edge high-tech invention exists? Japan is the country and Curtin is the best place for you to do a Japanese major to broaden your horizon academically as well as interpersonally!

Expand your horizons: Japanese @ Curtin

Curtin began teaching Japanese in 1967, and has maintained a strong Japanese program ever since. Because Japan is Australia’s biggest trading partner, Japanese language skills help you to find employment in various industries, such as trading, mining, banking, tourism, and teaching. Also, many Curtin Japanese graduates have visited Japan and worked in Japan. Graduates with fluency in Japanese are in high demand in local and international businesses.

The Japanese course caters for three types of students – beginners, students with TEE Japanese and those who have spent a year on exchange in Japan. The teaching methods applied for both spoken and written language use up-to-date technology (computer assisted learning and internet) cultural awareness activities. The relationship between the Japanese section and Curtin EFL (English as a Foreign Language) program is a strong one, so students may become involved in a variety of joint activities with Japanese students learning English at Curtin. A “Speakers Corner” operates in the Wednesday common free time to provide the opportunity to practice Japanese and encourage Japanese students to practice their English. The Department has links with partner universities in Japan and students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad as part of their Curtin degree studying for Curtin credit at one of these universities.

You can take this course as part of a four year double degree with either Commerce or Media and Information to broaden your employment opportunities. (Please note: The structure of this course may change if taken as part of a double degree. Refer to the handbook for specific unit information.)
High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research projects.