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Japanese Language Program

The Japanese curriculum of the University at Buffalo provides a solid foundation for an understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse culture of Japan. The language, culture, linguistics, technical Japanese, and pedagogy courses offered are useful to students who aspire to an East Asia-related academic or professional career in education, government, communications, or business, as well as in other fields in the United States and abroad.

The curriculum of the Japanese program includes:

  • Courses designed to develop or improve competence in spoken and written Japanese through the advanced level, including advanced-level independent study.
  • Courses on Japanese culture, linguistics, pedagogy.
  • Courses that examine Japanese business culture and vocabulary, and science and technology topics in Japanese.
  • Courses for graduate students who wish to attend the Japanese language classes or pursue independent study in Japanese.


The program offers a Japanese minor, which consists of six required courses beyond the first year-second semester Japanese language (Japanese 102).

A special major is also available through the College of Arts and Sciences for students who wish to pursue beyond the requirements for a Japanese minor.

Programs for study abroad in Japan are available for a summer or a full academic year. Study abroad is particularly encouraged for Japanese minors as well as special majors in Japanese.