Languages: Japanese


The Japanese Program offers three BS degrees, a minor, and a certificate.  Our courses range from Elementary to Advanced Japanese including content-based courses in literature, popular culture (such as anime and songs), history of SNS development, technical and business translation, 3D-content development in Japanese using Second Life, and Japanese linguistics.  We also offer a summer study abroad program (LBAT in Japan). First and second-year Japanese are also available as interactive online courses.

The Japanese program offers four years of Japanese. During the first five semesters (2.5 years), you will learn four basic skills in Japanese:  speaking, listening, reading and writing with more emphasis on conversation skills.  You can accelerate this by taking online courses in summer semesters.  After finishing JAPN 2002, you will be eligible to take a summer intensive study abroad program (LBAT - Language for Business and Technology), in which you can spend eight weeks studying in Japan.  After finishing JAPN 3001, you will be ready to take most upper-level courses (3000-level and 4000-level) which are mainly content-based courses.

Our target language proficiency reached in four years is Intermediate-Low/Mid on the ACTFL scale.  Participating in study abroad programs is highly recommended for reaching this level of proficiency and beyond.  Georgia Tech has exchange programs with several universities in Japan (See below).  You can also apply for international internships in Japanese corporations for six months to a year.  Study or internship abroad is a requirement for ALIS majors (See below).  IAML and GEML students are also encouraged to study or internship abroad.  These international experiences can also be used toward International Plan degrees.  Your language proficiency and concentration on your major areas in ALIS, IAML, or GEML together with your international experiences will provide you with a distinct advantage in employment opportunities and a stronger grounding in science and technology.

Majors in Japanese

Japanese Minor and Certificate

To earn a Japanese certificate or minor, you need 12 or 15 credits respectively beyond JAPN 2001.  To accelerate toward your minor/certificate, you can participate in an LBAT:  an intensive, immersive summer program in Japan.  The prerequisite for participating in an LBAT is JAPN 2002.  In an LBAT, you can earn 9 credits of 3000-level Japanese in 8 weeks, or 12 credits with an additional third-year language course.

Exchange Programs in Japan

Scholarships to Study in Japan

Scholarships and opportunities to study in Japan are available including the scholarship for LBAT Japan

Resources for Business Japanese

Resource page for A Systematic Approach to Business Japanese – Textbook used in JAPN 3692: Business Japanese in LBAT

JLPT: Japanese Language Proficiency Test

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is offered by Japan Foundation.  This is the world standard for measuring your level of Japanese language proficiency.