Diploma in Japanese

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Japan is the fourth largest economy and there are many opportunities for fluent speakers of Japanese. The Diploma in Japanese helps you become a competent communicator in Japanese, with strong language skills in all areas required for daily communication.

You also develop an awareness of the cultural and social differences between New Zealand and Japan. The programme is a mix of intensive language study, practical application of the language, cultural awareness and an understanding of business and hospitality etiquette.

Programme code: AK3429
Level: 6
Points: 240
Duration: 2 years full-time / Equivalent part-time
Venue: City campus
Start date: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

AUT University encourages early application. These qualifications will remain open until all places have been filled.

Entry requirements

  • NCEA — 48 level 2 credits including eight level 2 credits in one of the following subjects: Economics, Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira, Physical Education or any language rich subject from AUT's subject list.
    CIE — 60 points on the UCAS Tariff, including any one subject similar to the NCEA subjects listed above.
  • Completion of Year 13 is recommended.

Career opportunities

  • Translating
  • Hospitality
  • Airlines
  • Interpreting
  • Business
  • Travel and tourism
  • Retail
  • Consultancy.

Those who enter the programme with a degree will have an even wider choice of careers depending on their other qualifications.

Structure and content

Students who have secondary school qualifications in Japanese may be exempt from one or more papers at the introductory level and go straight into higher level papers, subject to a placement test. These students would then be required to make up the points with other papers.


CLSY502 Intercultural Competence
CLSY503 Asian Popular Culture
COMM510 Undergraduate Writing for Academic Purposes
JAPA511 Speak Japanese I
JAPA512 Write Japanese I
ENGL601 Language and Communication
ENGL603 Language and Society
HIST690 Te Tiriti O Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi
JAPA605 Japanese Society and Culture
JAPA611 Speak Japanese II
JAPA612 Write Japanese II
JAPA613 Intermediate Japanese
JAPA701 Japanese Language and Oral Competency
JAPA702 Japanese for Formal Contexts
JAPA703 Japanese Religions and Samurai
JAPA704 Japanese Language and Social Trends
JAPA705 Japanese Authentic Reading
LSKL501 Writing and Referencing

Last updated: 19-Jan-2018 10.55am

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