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French and Japanese (BA)

  • TR21

4 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Japan is an exciting country, and one that inspires much interest. It remains the world's most powerful economies with businesses and other organisations continuing to need graduates who can understand Japanese as well as Japan. As a student of French and Japanese at Cardiff, you will study the Japanese language and society alongside French and French cultural modules. Your third year will be spent abroad with approximately half the year spent in Japan and the other in France, providing you with the opportunity to truly immerse yourself into the language and culture of both countries. The Cardiff Japanese Studies Centre strives for excellence in all areas of its operations with a number of research-active staff.

French and Japanese

Key Facts

UCAS Code TR21
Duration 4 years
How to apply
Typical places available The School of Modern languages admits around 170
Typical applications received The School of Modern languages - 630
Scholarships & Bursaries
Typical A-level offer AAB (B in French)
Admissions Tutors Marie-Laure Jones
Tel Number 029 2087 5405
Email address
School website

This is a four year degree of which the third year is spent in Japan and France.

Year One

In the first year you will take modules in the Japanese language, which are designed to introduce the language and its writing system. You will also study key points from Japanese history, so that further study of the modern country can be pursued in later years.
The remainder of your modules will be taken from modules within the School of Modern Languages covering the French language as well as cultural modules relating to France.

Details of modules are as follows:

  • Elementary Japanese-Autumn
  • Elementary Japanese-Spring
  • Japanese History
  • Year Two

    In the second year you will take further modules in Japanese, which are designed to increase the facility with which you can comprehend and use more advanced Japanese. At the same time, your knowledge of Japan and Japanese society is increased through lectures and seminars on modern Japanese society. The remainder of your modules will be taken from modules within the School of Modern Languages covering the French language as well as cultural modules relating to France.

    Details of modules are as follows:

  • Intermediate Japanese-Autumn
  • Intermediate Japanese-Spring
  • Contemporary Japanese Society
  • Year Three

    In the third year of study, you will spend approximately half the year in the relevant European country and half in Japan. The time in Japan is spent studying in a Japanese university with which the Centre has an exchange agreement. By this stage you should have a sufficient command of the spoken language to operate comfortably in Japan and gain the maximum benefit from your period of study there.

  • Study Programme in Japan
  • Final Year

    You will then return to Cardiff for the final year to take a further modules in Japanese. More advanced study of the Japanese language during this year is accompanied by study of a key aspect of modern Japan.

    Modules are as follows:

  • Advanced Japanese-Autumn
  • Japanese for Humanities
  • Japanese studies Dissertation
  • The purpose of our taught programmes is to provide students with an education that has inherent value and equips them with the analytical skills that are required to gain employment and make a positive contribution to society.

    To this end, a should:

    • be a critical, analytical and creative thinker
    • possess knowledge, understanding, skills and other qualities that are specific to their field of study and have an ability to apply such knowledge and skills
    • have sound communication, literacy, numeracy and IT skills
    • be an independent learner who is able to solve problems and exercise initiative
    • have sound team-working and leadership skills
    • be an active citizen who respects diversity and is professional and ethical
    • be reflective, self-aware and self-motivated.
    Typical A-level Offer  AAB (B in French)
    Typical WBQ Offer Grade A in the Core plus grades BB at A-level, including French.
    Typical Int Bacc Offer  Considered on individual merit
    Other Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.

    A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.

    There is still a significant shortage of persons with competence in the Japanese language and an understanding of the intricacies of Japanese culture and working practices. As a result there is a considerable range of career prospects, particularly in the commercial sector. Graduates of the different degree schemes with Japanese tend to be in high demand because of this.

    Next intake: September each year

    More information

    School of Modern Languages

    Cardiff Business School