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Bachelor of Arts in Japanese

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Auckland


Study society, people and culture and equip yourself for the changing future of work.

Programme overview

The BA gives you the freedom to follow your interests and study the subjects you love. You can choose from a wide range of study possibilities that cater for many different interests or career goals.

Your BA study can develop the knowledge and skills you need to future-proof your career. Capabilities such as communication and creative thinking will keep your options open for different opportunities in the fast-changing world of work. You can further extend your skill set for future careers through one or two of our optional, theme-based modules.

Your double major will give your degree a strong focus and deepen your knowledge and skills. You have the flexibility to explore different subjects before you choose your two majors.

You can also study two different fields by combining a BA with another degree as

part of a conjoint programme.

Programme structure

The BA is made up of 24 courses across 3 years of full-time study (360 points/24 courses).

You are required to select two BA subjects as your two majors.

The broad structure of the programme is:

Eight courses in your chosen first major (120 points)

Eight courses in your chosen second major (120 points)

Two General Education courses (30 Points)

Six elective courses (90 points)

Up to two (30 points) of these can be from outside of the BA schedule from other faculties such as Science or Fine Arts.

You can take one or two optional modules instead of elective courses. A module is a group of three courses (45 points) focusing on a specific skill or knowledge to benefit or inform future careers.

See the Subjects tab to learn more about the areas you're interested in, and see what courses are on offer to help you plan your enrolment for the year.

Sample degree planners can be downloaded here and used to plan your study.

See the Student Hub for guidance on degree planning or any questions you may have.

You can access a range of information about The University of Auckland online at AskAuckland.

Where could this programme take you?

Your BA study will help you develop strong capabilities for many careers: communication skills; creative and critical thinking; the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information; problem-solving; adaptability; and an awareness of different perspectives. These enduring capabilities are increasingly valued by employers. You'll be well-positioned to pursue new career opportunities as the world of work changes.

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Further study options

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Master of Arts

Master of Conflict and Terrorism Studies

Master of Indigenous Studies

Master of Public Policy

Entry criteria

Secondary school qualifications:

You need to have one of the following:

International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.

General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 5.5; Internet based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 80 and a written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 60 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of C-; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 50 and no PTE Communicative score below 42; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.

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