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Information for the 2012 Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is now available from here

Why study Japanese?

  • Japanese after Leaving Cert –click here
  • Japanese Opening Doors: JET employment opportunities for Japanese graduates –click here
  • Life in Japan-click here
  • Japanese for the Leaving Certificate- click here
  • Annual Speech Contest for Japanese students – click here
  • Japanese Café in Cork - click here
  • Provides an opportunity to access an East Asian Culture
  • Interest in Japanese culture, such as films, manga, sport, books, anime, food, fashion, music, theatre, computer games
  • Offers an opportunity to gain an insight into a radically different culture, giving the student access to new and interesting ways of interpreting the world
  • Employment opportunities in Japan are plentiful for Anglophones (tourism, cultural production, film companies, publishing houses, magazines)
  • Opportunities for further study, in Ireland, in Japan, or in other countries
  • Access to continental Asian economies, where Japanese is used commercially
  • The spoken language is quite easy to master, while the written language provides an interesting and rewarding challenge to motivated students
  • Develops cognitive capacities in students, which may assist in their acquisition of other languages, and in their study of other subjects.

Japanese at DCU

  • DCU is the only university inside Dublin offering Japanese as part of a four year degree course
  • The first Japanese degree programme started in 1987 at NIHE (DCU) and has established itself as the main university for Japanese studies in the Republic of Ireland
  • We have 10 partner universities in Japan. This year abroad gives students valuable experience in immersing themselves in a different culture
  • There are scholarship opportunities for students going to Japan for year abroad

Students who have no knowledge of Japanese previously can take Japanese as a major language in the BA in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies degree programme.

BA Programmes

You can study Japanese on the following degree programmes at DCU:

BA in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
BA in Business Studies International

If you wipsh to find out more about the kind of Japanese modules offered at DCU, click here and click on modules starting with 'JA' (e.g. JA110 Japanese Language 1)

Comments and experiences

Sarah O'Farrell, 4th Year Student, Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (Japanese/French specialization) Graduating 2011

"Teaching at DCU is interactive, because we have small class sizes and the lecturers use different teaching and learning styles. It's always interesting; there are presentations, debates, and games"

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What our Graduates Say

Colm Gaffney

Dr. Colm Caffrey, graduated from BA in Applied Languages
(Japanese/German) 2004
Japanese-English Translator,
World Intellectual Property Office, Geneva

"I really believe that the attention to detail, approachability and support of the lecturers from the Japanese department is second to none and an excellent preparation for working life."

Roisin McGowan, Japanese and English teacher

Graduated BA International Business and Languages (Japanese) 2005
MA International Security & Conflict Studies 2007

I always said "I'm not a language person" until I began to study Japanese at DCU ten years ago. At that time, I didn't really know what to expect, but now I can't imagine my life without it! Studying Japanese allowed me to make friendships that would otherwise have been impossible and to view the world through a new perspective. The skills, opportunities, and friends and that I have gained through studying Japanese have changed my world.

Contact us

Contact Dr. Ryoko Sasamoto for queries relating to Japanese language study

  • Phone: +353 1 700 5810
  • Email: ryoko.sasamoto@dcu.ie

Postgraduate study:

Research opportunities leading to MA and PhD degrees in the following areas:

  • Japanese film
  • Japanese literature
  • Japanese Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Teaching Japanese as a Second Language
  • Japanese translation

There is also a taught MA in Translation Studies (Japanese):

Contact Dr. Minako O'Hagan for more information on the MA in Translation Studies

  • Phone: +353 1 700 5435
  • Email: minako.ohagan@dcu.ie

Useful links

DCU Japanese Society
DCU Anime & Manga Society
Irish Japan Association
Culture and Education (Japanese Embassy)
Japan Foundation

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