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What will I learn?

Japan is famous for its pop culture, great food, long history, rich traditions, beautiful seasons and nature, advanced technology, and much more. It is also one of Australia’s major economic and political partners, as well as in cultural exchange, and research and development.

Develop your ability to engage professionally with the people and culture of Japan. This course focuses on a communicative approach, which steadily builds your proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing contemporary Japanese, as well as learning about many aspects of Japanese culture and society.

This course features integration of on-campus learning and in-country study which allows students to undertake an exchange program in Japan. After completing either your second or third-year units in Japanese language, you’ll have the opportunity to study for one or two semesters at one of our 10 Japanese partner universities. If you have completed ATAR Japanese, you might be eligible for our fast-track course, where you can skip first-year Japanese units.

3 reasons to study Japanese at Murdoch

Murdoch has received a five-star rating for median graduate starting salaries in the field of languages*.
*Source: The Good Universities Guide 2020
You can study a Japanese major and two minors in Asian Studies, Global Politics, Modern History or Anthropology, or alternatively study two majors in 3 years and graduate with several specialisations, further enhancing your career prospects.
You can immerse yourself in Japanese culture and language through study for one or more semesters at one of our 10 partner universities across Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kyoto and Hyogo.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

Contemporary Japanese spoken and written language
Japanese cultural practices
Japanese worldviews
Many aspects of the society, history and nature of Japan
Research skills and methods using Japanese sources.

Your future career

When you graduate, you’ll have the language skills and cultural knowledge needed to work in a broad range of industries, both locally and internationally. Careers could include:

Interpreter or Translator
Hospitality or Tourism Operator
Teacher or Academic
Professional in Japan

Professional recognition

You can apply for professional accreditation as an interpreter and translator through testing by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

Which department am I in?

Creative Arts and Communication



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$25,920.00 (14,10,229) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2023


Murdoch University

Perth Campus,

90 South Street,


Western Australia,

6150, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

IB -3 or better in Higher level (HL); 4 or better in Standard Level (SL). Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Overall 6.0 with no band below 6.0; Test of English as a Foreign Language - IBT (TOEFL IBT) - 73 with no band less than 18; Test of English as a Foreign Language - Paper Based (TOEFL - Paper Based) - 534 (Test of Written English not less than 4.5); Cambridge Advanced English prior 52 with no section less than Borderline; Cambridge Advanced English after 169 overall with no band below 169; Occupational English Test (OET) - OET with a minimum of C in the four components; Pearson Test of English (PTE) 50 with no band below 50.

For international students

Applicants are required to complete secondary education (Year 12 or Australian equivalent) currently or within the last two years are eligible to apply. Entry requirements vary country by country.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT): 140 Written English; International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 Overall; Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): 169 Overall; Pearson Test of English (PTE): 50 Overall; Test of English as a Foreign Language Ð IBT (TOEFL IBT): 73 Overall; Occupational English Test (OET): C (250-290) Reading; C (250-290) Writing; C (250-290) Speaking; C (250-290) Listening

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Phoenix Academy
  • Canning College

About Murdoch University

Murdoch’s creative approach to education gives students the support, skills and opportunities to think critically and forge their own career pathways.

  • Murdoch University spans six campuses across three countries
  • Home to over 25,000 students from 90 countries
  • AUD 2.5 million awarded in scholarships annually
  • Top Australian university for industry co-authored papers

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