Georgia Tech offers three BS degrees, an MS degree, a minor, and a certificate in Japanese. Our Japanese courses range from the elementary to advanced levels, including language-based content courses in literature, translation, technology, and linguistics. We also offer accelerated courses, a summer study abroad program, and online courses to accommodate student learning.
During the first five semesters (2.5 years) of Japanese, students develop four basic skills in Japanese: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students can accelerate this timeline by also taking online courses during the summer or taking accelerated classroom-based courses in the spring. After finishing JAPN 2002, students are eligible to participate in an intensive 10-week study abroad program in Japan (LBAT - Language for Business and Technology). If there are more applicants than we can accommodate in LBAT, those who completed JAPN 3001 will be preferred. After four years in this program, students should reach the Intermediate-Low/Mid proficiency level on the ACTFL scale.
In addition to the LBAT Summer program, Georgia Tech has exchange programs with several universities in Japan (See below). Students can also apply for 6-12 month international internships at Japanese corporations. ALIS majors are required to study or intern abroad; IAML and GEML students are encouraged to do so (See below). These international experiences can also be used to count towards International Plan requirements.
The combination of language proficiency, intercultural competence, and international experiences in these programs provide students with a distinct advantage in employment opportunities and a stronger grounding in science and technology.
Programs of Study
Masters in Japanese
Undergraduate Majors in Japanese
- BS in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (ALIS)
- BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages (IAML)
- BS in Global Economics and Modern Languages (GEML)
Minors and Certificates in Japanese
To earn a Japanese certificate or minor, students need 12 or 15 credits respectively beyond JAPN 2001. To accelerate progress toward a minor or certificate, students can participate in the LBAT Japan program (see below). Japanese courses are also available as part of the minors in East Asian Studies; International Business, Language, and Culture; and Linguistics.
The Japan Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) is an intensive summer program in Japan. The prerequisite for participating in LBAT is JAPN 2002 (though JAPN 3001 is preferred). During LBAT, students can earn 9-12 credits of 3000-level Japanese in ten weeks. In addition to intensive classroom instruction led by Georgia Tech faculty, the program includes fieldwork projects and professional site visits to private companies and government/research institutions to experience business practices firsthand and understand current technological and socioeconomic issues facing the country.
Exchange Programs in Japan
Japanese Main Contact
- Conversation Partners
- Online Language Support Center
- Online Japanese Courses (Facebook)
- Japan Student Association
- Resource Page for A Systematic Approach to Business Japanese
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test