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Japanese, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


We offer a full four years of rigorous Japanese language instruction, as well as courses on Japanese history, historical linguistics, popular culture (including manga, film and anime), and Japanese literature of the classical, early modern and modern periods. Courses covering Japanese religion, political science, East Asian history and Chinese studies are also offered at UM and may be counted as outside electives for the Japanese major.

Japanese is one of the most popular languages in the department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, with a consistent core of majors and minors. Our course offerings equip students with the language skills and cultural knowledge necessary for a career in Japan-focused fields, whether in Japan or elsewhere.

Why Study Japanese at UM?

Japan is the world’s third largest economy, and home to a number of major international firms, particularly in the worlds of finance and high technology. It boasts a uniquely rich history and literary tradition, which also informs its current status as a world leader in cultural media such as animation, graphic novels, fashion, film, food culture, and video games. The city of Tokyo will also play host to the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    55 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Elementary Japanese I
  • Intermediate Japanese II
  • Japanese Cult & Civiliz
  • Mod Jpns Wrtrs/Thinkers
  • Adv Jpns for Professionals
  • Jpns Clasc Lit Engl Trans
  • Special Topics
  • Independent Study or
  • Readings in Japanese

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • Complete an online application
  • Pay the application fee
  • Submit required application documents
  • English language proficiency requirements
  • Academic records
  • Financial information
  • Copy of passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24943 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    49886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24943 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Missoula

  • 1000 - 2080 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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