Certificate in Japanese (Foundation) Certificate in Japanese (Foundation)

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CertificateFull-time, 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$2,900 - $3,700







Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

20 January for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street


Learn to read, write and speak basic Japanese for employment, travel or further study.

During your studies you will develop the language skills to read, write, listen and speak basic Japanese to communicate effectively.

No prior knowledge of Japanese is required for this foundation course.

This is an academic course of study and time and commitment to after class study is essential for success in this programme. The programme leader will be available to discuss the programme with you to ensure it meets your needs.

This programme is intended for those whose first language is not Japanese. The Head of School will, in consultation with the relevant language specialist, determine whether you are a first language speaker.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry. English Language requirements apply.

    Pending approval by NZQA

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

With a focus on practical application and spoken Japanese, this programme will give you a basic understanding and speaking ability, which can be applied to employment situations or a visit to Japan. Employment options include working in the tourism, hospitality and teaching professions.

Study pathways

Following on from the Certificate in Japanese (Foundation) you may wish to further enhance your Japanese language skills with our Certificate in Japanese, Diploma in Japanese or the Bachelor of Language (Japanese).