“Learning another language is like becoming another person.” – Haruki Murakami

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 if you are seeking a career in international business, diplomacy, tourism and education. The Japanese program actively encourages you to engage in activities both in and outside the classroom. Through learning Japanese, you will develop inter- and intra- personal skills that enable you to communicate flexibly and collaboratively in cross-cultural settings.

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 within Japan and student-led collaborative activities further assist to expand your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges. 

Program and course information

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

Studying Japanese

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

Semester 1                                                                        

Semester 2
Advanced courses

See RMIT's frequently asked questions about Languages electives.

Placement test

In order to ascertain your prior level and ensure you maximise your language learning, we have a self-evaluation tool for all new students undertaking the Japanese program with some prior 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

In class, the program provides language exchange sessions where you will have an opportunity to engage with native Japanese speaking students, to apply the language learnt in your courses in an engaging and meaningful way.

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

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 practise the Japanese language.

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test testing centre

The Japanese program at RMIT offers a variety of courses to meet students' professional and personal needs. We host 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)

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. 

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.

International opportunities

Exchange/study abroad

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

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.

Engagement with Community, Associations and Research Centres

RMIT Language, Culture, International Education research program (SGSC Centre)

Contact us

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

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