Taught course

Masters...and Intensive Language (Japanese)

SOAS University of London · Department of Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Entry requirements

Access to the Japanese language pathway is currently available for students with beginner, or post-beginner level of proficiency. As a point of reference for post-beginner level, this would correspond to having completed Minna no Nihongo, Volumes 1 and 2 (or an equivalent text), knowledge of approximately 500 kanji, and tuition time of about 220 hours in total. The list of kanji is available here, and a sample test is available here.

Students’ proficiency levels will be assessed through a placement test during registration week (specific dates will be provided to the applicants). Students bear the costs of travel to and from Japan, as well as living expenses during the period of their stay.


Months of entry


Course content

The two-year language pathway is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in Japan. The intensive training in Japanese language aims at supporting students’ ability to tackle their disciplinary interests by engaging with written texts and in oral communication in Japanese.

Your chosen discipline is combined with intensive Japanese language over two years (including a period in Japan), making this programme unique in Europe.

Information for international students

Information, including English Language requirements, can be found here: International studies

Fees and funding

Please visit our website for further information on funding: Funding your studies

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7898 4700