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Diploma in Japanese

This course is available


Level of Study



2 years

Next start date

Expected July 2022


Auckland University of Technology


Japan is one of the world’s largest economies and there are many opportunities for fluent speakers of Japanese. The Diploma in Japanese helps you become a competent communicator in Japanese, with strong language skills in all areas required for daily communication.

You develop an awareness of the cultural and social differences between New Zealand and Japan. The programme is a mix of intensive language study, practical application of the language, cultural awareness and an understanding of business and hospitality etiquette.

What you study

Students who have secondary school qualifications in Japanese may be exempt from one or more papers at the introductory level and go straight into higher level papers, subject to a placement test. These students would then be required to make up the points with other papers.

Papers you can study

  • CLSY502 Intercultural Competence
  • CLSY503 Asian Popular Culture
  • COMM510 Undergraduate Writing for Academic Purposes
  • JAPA511 Speak Japanese I
  • JAPA512 Write Japanese I
  • ENGL601 Language and Communication
  • ENGL603 Language and Society
  • HIST690 Te Tiriti O Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi
  • JAPA605 Japanese Society and Culture
  • JAPA611 Speak Japanese II
  • JAPA612 Write Japanese II
  • JAPA613 Intermediate Japanese
  • LSKL501 Writing and Referencing

Career opportunities

  • Translating
  • Hospitality
  • Airlines
  • Interpreting
  • Business
  • Travel and tourism
  • Retail
  • Consultancy

If you already have a degree when you start this diploma, you'll have an even wider choice of careers depending on your other qualifications.

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