Japanese is one of the most important languages for Australia’s cultural and trading relations within the Asian region.

Japanese language proficiency is an asset if you are seeking a career in international business, diplomacy, tourism, education, creative arts or the media. Through your studies, you will develop inter- and intra- personal skills that allow you to communicate collaboratively in cross-cultural settings.

Learning Japanese at RMIT, you are encouraged to engage in activities both inside and outside the classroom. An abundance of learning opportunities and activities allow you to reflect on and analyse aspects of the Japanese culture embedded in the language. Study tours in Japan and student-led collaborative activities further assist to expand your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges.

Japanese landscape

"Learning another language is like becoming another person."

- Haruki Murakami

Course and subject information

You can study Japanese as a major in the Bachelor of International Studies (Languages) or as an elective in any course.

The following Higher Education 12 credit point subjects are offered for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The course guides provide full details including subject descriptions, pre-requisites (if any), learning outcomes, learning activities and assessments:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Explore our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about languages at RMIT.

Placement test

In order to ascertain your level of fluency 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


The Japanese Language Proficiency Test testing centre

RMIT hosts the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, an internationally recognised test held worldwide to evaluate and certify the proficiency of Japanese in non-native speakers.

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

Student experience

In class, you’ll participate in language exchange sessions where you will have an opportunity to engage with native Japanese-speaking students to apply your language skills in an engaging and meaningful way.

Japanese language students also have the opportunity to use the language in social, workplace, international contexts by engaging in different learning activities outside the classroom.

Social opportunities

Students can join the RMIT Japan Club to participate in social activities and events.

International opportunities, exchange and study abroad

You will have the opportunity to study overseas and gain credit for courses. RMIT has over 200 partner universities in 31 countries to choose from. Scholarships and mobility grants are available.

You may have the opportunity to participate in study tours through partnerships with institutions like the Muroran Institute of Technology in Hokkaido.

Study tours encourage you to engage with the world academically, culturally and professionally. These tours typically involve 2-3 weeks in Japan, which could include a home-stay experience, and visiting cities in Kansai for cultural projects.

Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest

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.

Industry and community internship program

Participants in the above speech contest are also encouraged to apply for internships with Japanese companies in Melbourne though The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Melbourne.

Community associations and research centres

Contact us

Speak to our friendly staff about courses, applications, pathways and important dates at RMIT Connect.

Japanese course coordinators:

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