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Japanese is a key world language used in cultural and economic pursuits, research and diplomacy around the world.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to broaden their career opportunities in these fields.

The Japanese major is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of Japanese. If you have completed substantial Japanese study, then the Japanese Advanced major is for you.


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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Language teacher
  • Japanese cultural adviser
  • Japanese-speaking logistics manager
  • International business translator/interpreter
  • Interpreter
  • Corporate travel consultant
  • Head of languages
  • Conference translator/interpreter

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Online study
  • Overseas study
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Foundational Japanese 1
  • Foundational Japanese 2
  • Understanding Contemporary Japanese Society and Culture
  • Modern Japanese Literature & Society

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