Japanese Studies – ようこそ (Welcome)

Historically, Japan is one of the most dynamic nations in Asia. It is simultaneously steeped in rich traditions and a source of innovation. Australia’s relationship with Japan is one of the most engaged and durable diplomatic and trade relations in the region. Understanding Japan’s language, culture and history are vital for the socio-economic development and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region. Monash has a long history of engagement with Japan and maintains one of the most extensive programs in Japanese studies in Australia. Monash prepares students with a critical appreciation of Japanese language and culture, and foundational skills and strong communicative competence to actively participate in Japanese professional environments and advancing scholarly research on Japan.

Our language offerings cater to students from introductory through advanced levels with a flexible structure that allows entry at several levels, ensuring sequential study suitable to student’s background. Language units combine the structured development of communication skills with aspects of Japanese society and culture. Elective and capstone units cover a number of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary areas of Japanese studies and ground understanding of Japan within broader Asian contexts. The units reflect the key strengths of the program in linguistics/applied linguistics, contemporary socio-cultural studies, history and translation.

We offer numerous opportunities for exchange, through both academic and internship programs. We also foster advanced study through well respected honours and postgraduate programs. Engagements are complemented by the Japanese Studies Centre and the Monash Asia Institute. We consider Monash to be one of the most established centres for gaining broader understanding of Japanese language, culture and society in Australia, which will assist Monash graduates in effectively operating in the “Asian Century


  • Celebrating 50 years of Japanese at Monash Read more
  • The 46th Japanese Language Speech Contest 2015 (Victorian Final) was held at the University of Melbourne on Sunday 13 September with 14 Monash students participating. Congratulations to the students and to the staff who helped them prepare their speeches and supported them on the day. The overall standard was very high and the Open Division was very competitive. The atmosphere ... Read more
  • The 46th Australian Japanese Language Speech Contest Finals was held at The Japan Foundation, Sydney on Saturday, 10 October 2015. Our students Nicholas Pappas (Proficient 2) won the second prize for Open Division and Thanh Nguyen (Intermediate 2) won the second prize for Open Beginner Division. Congratulations to the students and to the staff who ... Read more
  • A Postgraduate Symposium hosted by The Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University With a Keynote by Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki 9:00 – 5:30 Saturday 26th September, 2015 The Japanese Studies Centre is pleased to announce a call for papers for a postgraduate symposium at Monash University. The Centre is committed to mentoring future generations of Japanese Studies scholars and with this symposium, we hope ... Read more
  • The Japanese Program is pleased to announced the arrival of Dr. Jason Jones, our new lecturer in Japanese Studies! Read more