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Japan Language & Culture Program

Cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19

The Japan Language & Culture Program runs during spring and offers students an exciting opportunity to develop their language skills and complete parts of their degree in a native-speaking environment. The program is fully accredited by the University of Tasmania as 25% overseas study units (HMJ060 & HMJ061).

The Japan Language & Culture Program is open to University of Tasmania students who are enrolled in 200 and 300 level Japanese language units. The Japan Language & Culture Program is:

  • A eight to a ten-week intensive program.
  • Equivalent to 25% course load (two units) of Japanese study for 200 and 300 levels.
  • Students (Level 200) will take part in a one-week internship program after the conclusion of the language program.

Register Now
Application will close 27 August.

Please email to: Student.Mobility@utas.edu.au.

You will automatically be assessed for eligibility to participate in the program as well as eligibility for scholarship funding.

Once you have registered, the program coordinator will contact you about next steps.

The aims of the Japan Language & Culture Program are:

  • To build on existing language skills through intensive language study led by experienced Japanese teachers.
  • To supplement language study with Japanese cultural experience .

Please contact Dr Katsuhiko Suganuma if you are a non- Japanese major student.

Information Session

An Information Seminar for J-STOP = Japan Short Term Overseas Program 2019 / 2020 was taking place as follows.

  • Tuesday 6 Aug, 4pm-4:50pm
  • Launceston - Video Conferencing Room L172, Building L-Faculty of Arts, Newnham Campus
  • Hobart - Video Conferencing Room 473, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus
  • Watch the Information Session Recording.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Tue 27/8 - Application closes
  • Fri 28/9 - Enrol in HMJ060 & HMJ061. Travel Plan and JICOP Accommodation Forms due.
  • Mon 7/10 - Pay accommodation fee
  • Fri 25/10 - Mandatory Pre-Travel Orientation Session

    Language and Internship Program - 10 weeks

    (Equivalent to HMJ204 & HMJ205, 25%)

    • Prereq: HMJ102
    • Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
    • Duration: Ten weeks 
    • Dates: Fri 29/11/2019 to Fri 7/02/2020 (72 nights)
    • Host Institution: Japanese Language and Internship School Asahi Nihongo
    • Accommodation Style: Serviced apartment (home stay may be available in the first two weeks only)
    • The program includes optional excursions to various historical and cultural sites (fees to be calculated separately).
    • It also includes a one week internship program which gives students the opportunity to see how Japanese businesses operate and to experience real Japanese working culture
    • Elective afternoon courses, including karate, calligraphy and tea ceremony, are available to enrich cultural understanding
    • Eligibility: students who will have successfully completed both HMJ101 and HMJ102 by the time of the commencement of the program and who have 2 x 200-level unit space in their main bachelor degree, either as a major or minor, or degree/student electives, or in a concurrent Diploma of Languages.

    Professional Internship Program - 8 weeks

    (Unspecified Level 300 Japanese, 25%)

    • Prereq: HMJ205
    • Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
    • Duration: Eight weeks
    • Dates: Fri 29/11/2019 to Fri 24/01/2020 (58 nights)
    • Host Institution: Japanese Language and Internship School Asahi Nihongo
    • Accommodation Style: Serviced apartment (home stay may be available in the first two weeks only)
    • A Workplace Integrated Learning opportunity, including induction, supervised workplace experience and on-going monitoring by the host institution
    • A placement in one of over 100 organisations, both in private and public sectors
    • Eligibility: students who will have successfully completed both HMJ205by the time of the commencement of the program and who have 2 x 300-level unit space in their main bachelor degree, either as a major or minor, or degree/student electives, or in a concurrent Diploma of Languages.

    (May be subject to some changes)

    Japan Tourism and Occupational Mobility Programme

    (Equivalent to two unspecified Level 300 units, 25%)

    • Prereq: HMJ205
    • Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa
    • Duration: Five weeks
    • Date: Friday 10 January 2020 to Friday 14 February 2020
    • Host Institution: Kanagawa University
    • Accommodation Style: University accommodation
    • Focusing on Japanese language study, the program’s objective is to improve Japanese proficiency and deepen understanding of both traditional Japanese culture and various aspects of contemporary Japan by taking classes related to Japan, going on field trips and having the opportunity to directly experience the tea ceremony, calligraphy, and so forth. Opportunities to interact with Kanagawa University students have also been incorporated into the program.
    • The program offers an off-campus schedule which includes workplace visits and enables the induction of students into the complexity of Japanese workplace protocols
    • Students can participate in activities such as visits to art and popular culture sites in the Yokohama and Tokyo Areas

    (May be subject to some changes)

Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyūshū. Fukuoka City features a subtropical climate with mild winters. It is the most populous and largest city in Kyūshū, and is praised for its green spaces in a metropolitan setting (Monocle, “The World's Top 25 Most Liveable Cities” since 2013 – ranked 7th in the 2016 survey). The host institution, Asahi Nihongo (Japanese Language and Internship School), has a long and established partnership with the University of Tasmania, offering highly experienced Japanese language education. Students have a homestay option with local host families where they can experience real life in Japan, and learn first-hand about Japanese culture and customs.

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Kanagawa University is located in Yokohama. The City of Yokohama is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture and one of Japan's most cosmopolitan cities as being a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area. It is about 30 minutes away by express train to central Tokyo's Shinjuku shopping and youth mecca. Yokohama was the first port opened up to foreign trade after the opening of Japan in 1854. It remains a maritime city to this day and retains an international flavour. Kanagawa University was founded in 1928 and has developed into one of Japan's largest universities, integrating junior and senior school systems. Kanagawa University's International Centre offers various levels of Japanese language programs, and has extensive experience in Japanese-as-a-second-language teaching to international students.

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Tuition: Students will enrol in 25% (or 12.5%) overseas studies units that are credited to their degree and for which HECS charges apply. Tuition fees are not paid by students to host institutions.

  • Travel costs - $2,000 – 2,500 (door to door)
  • Living costs - $800 - $1600 (depends on the course)
  • Medical (travel) insurance if the free UTAS Student Travel Insurance policy does not suit your needs.

The ranges of costs provided are all approximate for 2018.

There is no administration fee required to secure a place on the program.

Financial assistance is available through OS Help. Check the eligibility and conditions and apply if it suits your needs. (For more details refer to the Commonwealth Government's guidelines)

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Mobility Scholarships of $3000 are available for the the following programs:

  • Tourism and Occupational Mobility Programme at  Kanagawa University Program (Level 300, 5 weeks)
  • Professional Internship Program at Asahi Nihongo (Level 300, 8 Weeks)
  • Language and Internship Program at  Asahi Nihongo (Level 200, 10 Weeks)

Limited College of Arts, Law and Education (CALE) scholarships may also be available for eligible students. You will need to apply at the time of application.

Students who receive payments from Centrelink (such as Youth Allowance) should be eligible to receive these payments whilst on the Short Term Program but it is vital that you contact Centrelink to verify this.

Please note, however, that Centrelink will cease payments if a student leaves Australia more than 6 weeks before the commencement of their studies overseas. Payments will not be reinstated until the student physically re-enters the country. Please visit the Centrelink website for further details.

To find out more, please email:

Kanagawa University Program - Katsu.Suganuma@utas.edu.au

Asahi Nihongo Language & Internship Program - Yoji.Hashimoto@utas.edu.au.