Which level of Japanese should I study?

Have you studied Japanese before?

Choose the appropriate link below:

For more information on the content of each level, please see:
Japanese program content

If you wish to discuss the options with a member of the Japanese staff, please make an appointment by emailing: arts-japanese-placement@monash.edu.


If you have never studied Japanese before

You should enrol in the introductory level. For first year students, the codes are:


If you have done VCE, IB or Australian High School Certificate in Japanese last year*

Post-VCE or equivalent

We recommend that you enrol at the intermediate level:

  • ATS2143 Japanese intermediate 1 (semester 1)
  • ATS2144 Japanese intermediate 2 (semester 2)

The intermediate units include some revision of VCE material but at a more academic level, and quickly move on to new content.

To enrol in Intermediate 1, you need to complete a manual enrolment.

In any case, a diagnostic test will be run in the first week of classes to confirm that you have chosen the appropriate level.

Post-VCE or equivalent – Exceptional Cases
(e.g. a score of 45+ at VCE Level and/or 10-12 months exchange in Japan) **

** if your home background is Japanese, please contact Naomi Kurata regarding Japanese for Background Speakers. (Naomi.Kurata@monash.edu)

You could possibly enrol in the proficient level:

  • ATS2145/ATS3145 Japanese proficient 1 (semester 1)
  • ATS2146/ATS3146 Japanese proficient 2 (semester 2)

    If you are a third year student, choose codes ATS3145/ATS3146

Please take the online placement test
After doing so, you will be given a recommendation about what unit to enrol in.

In any case, a diagnostic test will be run in the first week of classes to confirm that you have chosen the appropriate level.

For conversion tables, see VTAC table of equivalence.

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If you have studied Japanese at another institution (not at VCE level). or not last year

  • If you speak Japanese at home or have had more than two years of formal education in Japan, you should email Naomi Kurata (naomi.kurata@monash.edu) to find out more about the Japanese for Background Speakers course.

Please take the online placement test if any of the following applies to you:
After taking the test you will be given a recommendation about what unit to enrol in.

  • You have lived in Japan for a period of several months or more
  • You have studied Japanese at another institution overseas
  • You have studied Japanese at high school in Australia, but finished at Year 10, or below.
  • If you hold a Japanese Language Proficiency certificate:

Correspondence of JLPT levels and Japanese units at Monash University

Each level of JLPT is expected to achieve the following unit at Monash University:

  • Level N5: Upon successful completion of Introductory 2
  • Level N4: Upon successful completion of Intermediate 2
  • Level N3: Upon successful completion of Proficient 2
  • Level N2: Upon successful completion of Advanced 2
  • Level N1: Upon successful completion of Advanced 4 to 6

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For more information on the content of each level, please see:
Japanese program content

If you have any queries about placement, please email: arts-japanese-placement@monash.edu.