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Japanese Studies
Bachelor of Arts (Minor subject)

Short description

Short description

The three-year bachelor's programme in Modern Japanese Studies (minor subject) provides students with basic knowledge of the Japanese language and gives a comprehensive introduction into culture, history and society (with a focus on Japanese modernity) as well as the methods and tools of Japanese Studies.

Combination options

For this study programme you need a major subject

Art History
English and American Studies
German Languages and Literatures
Historical Studies
Japanese Studies
Jewish Studies
Romance Languages and Literatures

Entry/Admission requirements

The entry requirement for the bachelor's programme in Modern Japanese Studies is a university entrance qualification ("Abitur"). Under certain conditions, persons holding vocational qualifications can be admitted without a university entrance qualification. Good knowledge of the English language, in which the greater part of the non-Japanese specialized literature is written, is required.

Programme content

The bachelor's programme Modern Japanese Studies includes basic knowledge of the Japanese language, history, culture and society. The unique feature of our department is its focus on Modern Japan. Once students have acquired a basic knowledge of Japan in the first semesters, they can focus on their own areas of study interest in in-depth modules.

Our department offers seminars in the fields of cultural and social science research on Japan such as gender studies, globalisation, demographic change, consumer society and popular culture. Since Düsseldorf has such a large and lively local Japanese community with which we maintain good contacts and which we include in our research work and teaching, it is a popular place of study for students of Japanese Studies.

Programme structure

In the first year, the curriculum focuses on Japanese language classes. In the second year, students acquire a basic knowledge of Japanese Studies in the areas of history, culture and society. In the third year, students deepen their studies in the areas of cultural and social science research on Japan.

Programme objectives/Career prospects

The intercultural expertise gained during the studies is increasingly of interest for international organizations and business enterprises. Employment opportunities for graduates of the Bachelor's programmes in Modern Japanese Studies can therefore be considered very positive. Depending on the subject combinations, there are good career prospects in educational institutions, organizations with a cultural focus, libraries, in the publishing sector and journalism, in the tourism sector as well as in all internationally operating companies and organizations with a relation to Japan.There are also various employment opportunities wherever knowledge of the Japanese language is required. In this regard, Düsseldorf with its numerous Japanese companies is well suited as a location for starting a career.

Programme start:
Winter semester
Programme duration:
6 semesters
Language of instruction:
German (partially: English and Japanese)
Application procedure:
Local admission restrictions - HHU
Closing date for applications:
by 15/07/2024
Closing date for enrolment:
As stated in letter of acceptance
Closing date for re-registration:
01/07/2024 - 15/08/2024
Relevant documents:

Examination regulations

Module guide

Both available in German only.

Study programme contact:

... for prospective students:

Julia S. Zhu M.A.
Jasmin Rückert M.A.


... for students: 

Maren Haufs-Brusberg M.A.

Ami Kobayashi M.A.

Katharina Dreßen M.A.

Ramona Rosalewski M.A.


Study programme/Department
SSC contact:

Student Services Center (SSC)
Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345


For questions regarding the course of studies and for examination issues:

Student and Examination Administration
Contact Examination Administration

Student Services Center (SSC)

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