Bachelor of Language (Japanese) Bachelor of Language (Japanese)

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DegreeFull time - 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$5,100- $5,600







Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

International Applications due


Madras St Campus


Become proficient in spoken and written Japanese suitable for living and working in Japan, your studies include language, linguistics and cultural studies.

This intensive three-year degree programme will enable you to develop a high level of proficiency in spoken and written Japanese suitable for living and working in Japan.

Core courses include Japanese language, linguistics, cultural studies and a supervised research project. Elective areas of study include business, marketing, translation and interpreting and language teaching (including the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults).

CPIT offers four scholarships for study in Japan for six months to one year. We also work closely with the Japanese consul in Christchurch, and many of our graduates are accepted to go to Japan on the consul's one-year Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) programme.

The programme leader will be available to discuss the programme with you to ensure it meets your needs.

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

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme can work in tourism, international business, interpreting and translation. Many of our graduates have also won scholarships to study further in Japan.

Study pathways

Advance your knowledge with the Certificate in Liaison Interpreting or Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or the Bachelor of Applied Management.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete 360 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
  • 42 NCEA credits at Level 3(14 credits in each of two subjects, one of which must be Japanese, and 14 across any subject, subject areas or domains, including unit standards).
    8 credits in NCEA English Level 2 (4 in reading and 4 in writing)
    14 credits in NCEA mathematics (or Pangarau) Level 1.
    If you have achieved a minimum of 72 credits at NCEA level 2 including a minimum of 14 credits in each of four subjects and a number of merits and excellence you may apply for entry. You need to have achieved degree entry standards for numeracy and literacy.
    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact CPIT for requirements.
Alternative Requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. CPIT literacy and numeracy assessments are available.
Additional Requirements
English Requirements
  • IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 6.0 in any of the subtests).
  • If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. Refer also to the Acceptable Alternatives Chart which includes credits in English-rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an 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

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.