Japanese

Japanese language is the gateway to a rich and vibrant culture, and it opens doors to one of the world’s largest economies. From the business world, to the tech world, to entertainment, culture, fashion, and beyond, studying Japanese will create new career opportunities and new ways of thinking. If your goal is to tackle an important corner of the international market, to broaden your social media reach, or simply to enjoy reading Manga, Japanese is the way to go!

Whether NYU Shanghai is your home campus or study away site, you can begin or continue your Japanese studies in our small, dynamic, immersive class settings. Our Japanese program provides students the opportunity to begin or continue their studies at the elementary and intermediate levels, and prepares students for advanced coursework at the Department of East Asian Studies in Washington Square. See a complete list of course offerings below.

Course Offerings

Elementary Level
JAPN-SHU 5 Elementary Japanese I

Prerequisites: None | Credits: 4 | Meeting frequency: Four times a week | Offered every semester

Introductory course in modern spoken and written Japanese, designed to develop fundamental skills in areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Gives contextualized instructions to develop both communicative and cultural competency. Systematically introduces the Japanese writing system (Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji). Open to students with no previous training in Japanese and to others on assignment by placement test.

JAPN-SHU 10 Elementary Japanese II

Prerequisites: JAPN-SHU 5 | Credits: 4 | Meeting frequency: Four times a week | Offered every semester

Intermediate Level
JAPN-SHU 15 Intermediate Japanese I

Prerequisites: JAPN-SHU 10 | Credits: 4 | Meeting frequency: Four times a week | Offered every semester

JAPN-SHU 20 Intermediate Japanese II

Prerequisites: JAPN-SHU 15 | Credits: 4 | Meeting frequency: Four times a week | Offered every semester

Prerequisite: JAPN-SHU 15 or equivalent with a minimum grade of C-, or placement exam.