"He who does not know a foreign language, does not know anything about his own."

- Goethe

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.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.

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.

Nihon Bunka, Japanese Culture Club

An open opportunity to practice your Japanese skills with other UAA students!

Facebook logo    Dates: Bimonthly, Fridays
    Location: ADM 142
    Times: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 
    Contact: Dr. Harada

Japanese students participating in traditional Japanese drumming performance

UAA-HUE and UAA-Iwate University Exchange Program

The Japanese program has two student exchange programs with our partner universities in Japan: Hokkaido University of Education (HUE) and Iwate University. Japanese majors are strongly recommended to study in Japan, and students who have successfully completed three years of Japanese are encouraged to apply. Study abroad requires good planning, and it is important to meet with your Japanese Language Advisor early on your study at UAA.

For more information, please contact Dr. Hiroko Harada at
(907) 786-4038 or hharada@alaska.edu.

The Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language & Culture

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