The Diploma of Japanese Studies (DJAST) is centred on a core of compulsory papers that emphasise the development of a firm foundation in Japanese language skills. An understanding of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, modern society, politics and business.

Graduates will have mastered the basics of the Japanese language and have gained a platform for the study of Japanese language at higher levels leading to employment.

This programme is being discontinued and will have its final intake in 2020.

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  • University entrance or at the discretion of the Head of School


  • Graduation from high school in your home country
  • Evidence of English proficiency, equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5 or equivalent score on an acceptable international English proficiency test



High School Japanese or time in Japan is helpful, but not necessary.



  • 120 credits, one year, full time
  • 8 papers, minimum of four Japanese language papers at any level and up to four elective culture papers




Graduates may cross-credit their DJAST into the first year of the Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies.


The course enables graduates who have a bachelors degree and are already working in Japanese-owned firms or enterprises to better understand the Japanese work ethos and communicatie with their Japanese colleagues.

The course lays the foundations for future careers in translation, interpretation, or any job in Japanese enterprises.  It is also very helpful for graduates who have appropriate teaching qualifications either to teach Japanese in an Anglophone country, or to teach English in a Japanese context.



The Diploma of Japanese Studies (DJAST) includes a total of eight papers at level 5 or above. To complete your DJAST you must include four core Japanese language papers, and four elective papers from the lists below.

  • 20.501 Contemporary Japanese 1: Speaking and Listening
  • 20.502 Contemporary Japanese 2: Reading and Writing
  • 20.503 Contemporary Japanese 3: Speaking and Listening
  • 20.504 Contemporary Japanese 4: Reading and Writing
  • 20.509A English to Japanese Translation 1
  • 20.601 Contemporary Japanese 5: Speaking and Listening
  • 20.602 Contemporary Japanese 6: Reading and Writing
  • 20.603 Contemporary Japanese 7: Speaking and Listening
  • 20.604 Contemporary Japanese 8: Reading and Writing
  • 20.609A Japanese to English Translation 2
  • 20.701 Contemporary Japanese 9: Advanced Japanese 1
  • 20.702 Contemporary Japanese 10: Advanced Japanese 2
  • 20.703 Contemporary Japanese 11: Advanced Japanese 3
  • 20.704 Contemporary Japanese 12: Advanced Japanese 4

Other Japanese Language papers for special topics 

  • 20.605 Japanese Skills 2 A, B, C, D
  • 20.606 Japanese Advanced II A, B, C, D
  • 20.705 Japanese Skills 3 A, B, C, D
  • 20.706 Japanese Advanced III A, B, C, D

Japanese Studies elective paper descriptions

  • 10.511 Intercultural Communication
  • 10.513 Advanced English Skills
  • 10.611 The Study of Language
  • 20.511/611 Japanese Civilisation
  • 20.512/612 Japanese Business
  • 20.709A Japanese to English Translation 3
  • 20.709B Japanese to English Translation 1
  • 20.711 Social Conflict in Modern Japan 
  • 20.713 Japanese Foreign Policy
  • 30.611 Asia-Pacific Business Environment
  • 50.514/614 NZ-East Asian Relations
  • 50.615 South East Asia
  • 50.713 North East Asia
  • 80.502 Introduction to Ecotourism  
  • 90.602 Internationalism