Realize your exchange dream in Japan and Foster Your Cultural Sensitivity, Global Awareness and Intercultural Communication!
The major programme in Japanese Studies is an intensive and rigorous undergraduate programme that includes both culture and society courses, as well as language courses at various levels. We provide a wide range of courses to meet student needs, including Japanese culture, history, pop-culture, literature, management and philosophy. In Years 1 and 2, students in the major programme take core courses in Japanese culture and society, Japanese language, and field-research methods, and students begin to formulate ideas for their final-year project (FYP). Year 3 is spent in Japan studying as an exchange student at one of our 21 partner universities in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, Hokkaido and Kyushu, while also conducting original research for their final-year project. In Year 4, the students return to CUHK to write their final-year project/thesis, and take elective courses in Japanese studies, along with other courses required by the University.
We also offer a Double Major Programme in Japanese Studies and History, which students can complete in four years. The Department also provides opportunities for local and overseas summer internship programmes, and short-term summer exchange programmes. Various scholarships are available from the University and Department for students taking our major.
Our programme thus immerses students in a cross-cultural experience through our unique course offerings and study-abroad opportunities, and cultivates cultural sensitivity, global awareness and intercultural communication.
#45 (QS Subject Ranking in 2023)
Our graduates are well trained in English and Japanese language, with critical thinking and analytical skills. Our students take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N1) (the highest level) before graduation, and we have a 90% pass rate, which is unparalleled among institutions locally and globally. Our graduates are well-suited for diverse employment sectors. They become civil servants, entrepreneurs, bankers, academics, etc. Some choose to pursue advanced studies and obtain postgraduate degrees in Law, Anthropology, Journalism, Social Work, etc.
Employers include the HKSAR Government, HSBC, the Hospital Authority, Mitsui Bank, Dow Jones, Hokkaido University and Waseda University.
Our Department also offers an M.A. Programme in Japanese Studies and an Articulated M.Phil.–Ph.D. Programme in Japanese Studies for our graduates and the community.
If you are interested in this programme, please review the application requirements and deadlines specific to the respective admission scheme to increase your chances of getting accepted.