School of English and Modern Languages

  • Japanese
  • Year Abroad in Japan

    After studying Japanese for two years at Oxford Brookes, students spend their third academic year at one of our partner universities in Japan. While there, they study Japanese intensively, five days a week, as well as choose elective courses about Japan, usually in English, though sometimes in Japanese as well.

    We are partnered with the following Japanese universitites:

    • Aoyama Gakuin University
    • Kansai Gaidai University
    • Kitakyushu University
    • Kyushu Sangyo University
    • Kyoto Gaikokugo (Gaidai) University
    • Gakushuin University
    • Meiji Gakuin University
    • Nagasaki University
    • Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
    • Obirin University
    • Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
    • Ryūkoku University
    • Tsukuba University
    • Tsuru University
    • Yamanashi University

    For my year abroad I chose to study at Aoyama Gakuin University in Shibuya, Tokyo. It’s the best university from a cultural capital standpoint and is ideally located in Shibuya, near most of the more interesting places in Tokyo. I had visited the university while on holiday in Japan so I had a very good idea of where it was and what it was like.

    Andy in Kyoto
    Rainbow Bridge, Odaiba

    I’d recommend you visit beforehand, if you can, to get an idea of what you want to get out of your year abroad experience. Consider where you want to study and why as location can be very important depending on what you want to do; you’ll find travel costs can get high quickly if you want to repeatedly visit places – particularly if you need to use the Shinkansen (high speed trains). Finally, study lots of kanji as they’re everywhere!

    Andy Banks, Japanese Studies