The Japanese language programs enable students to develop strong cross-cultural communication skills and foster a broader engagement with Japanese culture.

Japanese is one of the most important languages for Australia’s cultural and trading relations within the Asian region. Japanese language proficiency is seen as an asset for students seeking careers in professions including international business, diplomacy, tourism and education.

Program and course information

You can study Japanese as an elective in any program.

Studying Japanese

The following 12 credit point courses are offered for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Languages FAQ (PDF 112 KB) – frequently asked questions about Languages electives.

Placement procedure and self evaluation quiz

In order to ascertain your prior level and ensure you maximise your language learning, we have a self-evaluation tool for all prospective students who have some knowledge of the language. This tool will help determine the best level of enrolment:

Japanese placement procedure and self evaluation quiz (PDF 444 KB)

Student experience

Languages academic mentoring program

The peer academic mentoring program sees intermediate and advanced students mentor new students for 1 – 2 hours each week, to assist with specific language or study related difficulties.

The program aims to enhance the students’ language learning experience, resulting in increased confidence and motivation. The students discover different learning styles, network with other students, learn effective ways to communicate, and share successful language learning strategies.

Social opportunities

Students formed the RMIT Japan Club in 2010, which brings together RMIT students who are interested in all things Japanese to get together for social events and Japanese language practice.

The program provides language exchange sessions where all students have an opportunity to engage with native Japanese speaking students within the classroom, to apply, in a practical way, language learnt in their courses.

International exchange

You can study abroad and gain course exemptions. RMIT has close to 200 partner universities in 31 countries to choose from. You can also take advantage of a number of international study tour opportunities.

If you are studying Japanese you  may have the opportunity to experience one or two semesters on exchange to Japan at Ryuukoku University or Tama University.

More information on international exchange and scholarship opportunities.

Study tours

Through partnerships with institutions such as the Muroran Institute of Technology in Hokkaido, you may have the opportunity to go on study tours.

Study tours encourage you to engage with the world academically, culturally and professionally. On returning from a study tour you’ll be able to reflect on the new perspectives you have gained and the experiences you have enjoyed.

These tours may involve 2-3 weeks in Japan, which could include a home-stay experience, and visiting cities in Kansai for cultural projects.

LEAD student mentor program

Get involved in the student mentoring program through LEAD! You be able to build leadership skills and capabilities and gain recognition by volunteering to mentor Japanese 1 and 2 language students. Volunteers are sought in the beginning weeks of each semester.

RMIT LEAD – Student engagement and leadership development

Working with industry

Internship programs and work placements

Workshops and presentation on JET program

Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest

RMIT Japanese language students regularly compete in the Japanese Language Speech Contest. Held annually in September, this competition gives students a chance to actively use their language proficiency by presenting a speech in Japanese: three minutes for High School Senior and Open Beginner Divisions, five minutes for Background Speaker and Open Divisions.

Contact us

  • Hiroko Ohashi – Coordinator, Japanese Language Studies
  • Emma Dalton

Sessional lecturers

Speak to our friendly staff about programs, applications, pathways and important dates at RMIT Info Corner.

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