"He who does not know a foreign language, does not know anything about his own."
In this complex and diverse world, it is ultimately necessary to study another language to acquire a better understanding of its diverse peoples and cultures. The study of the Japanese language is strongly encouraged for those who wish to be successful in many professional fields and for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of Japan.
Japanese language courses provide the tools for students to acquire basic Japanese language skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking, to build up their communication ability, and to prepare them to accomplish their educational, professional and personal goals.
The study of Japanese enhances the student's understanding of modern Japanese culture, but also fosters a deeper understanding of his or her of own language and culture. This understanding, respect and love for one's native culture and Japanese culture as separate and equal entities provides the foundation for true communication and understanding, which in turn create the only possible foundation for international and global peace.
If you have previously studied Japanese elsewhere you are required to take a placement
test. Contact the Department of Languages to arrange the test. The Coordinator of
the Japanese Program will assess your level and assign you to the most appropriate
class. If you register for a course without taking a placement test and your knowledge
of the Japanese language is determined by the instructor to be inappropriate for the
class you have chosen, you may be asked to transfer to a more suitable course.
UAA-HUE Exchange Program
The Japanese majors are strongly recommended to study in Hokkaido University of Education (HUE) in Hokkaido, Japan. Students who have successfully completed three years of Japanese are encouraged to apply. Study abroad requires good planning, and it is very important to meet with your advisor early on in your study at UAA.The Monty Dickson Center