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The ANU Japanese Studies Program offers students a range of courses on the historical, political, and cultural forces that have helped to shape contemporary Japan. As one of Australia’s key trading partners, both private and public sector employers actively recruit ANU graduates with detailed knowledge of, and experience in, Japan. All students in this program study compulsory foundational courses on the history and culture of Japan, a range of electives from numerous disciplinary offerings, and two advanced courses focused on specialized research topics relating to Japan. Many students in the Japanese Studies program also choose to study Japanese language, although knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement.

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Students in the program have various opportunities to spend time studying at one of the ANU’s partner universities in Japan. At these top-ranked universities students can take intensive courses in the summer break, an exchange semester, or the flagship Year in Asia (Japan) program. Competitive scholarships are available for in-country studies to qualified students as well as self-funded learning abroad opportunities.

Equipped with the knowledge and skills provided by the Japanese Studies program, students will be able to engage meaningfully with the culture, society, and people of Japan in both professional and personal settings.

For more information on the program visit the Japanese Studies Major webpage. Information on study abroad options can be found on the ANU Global Programs webpage.