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Do you like manga and anime, Japanese music and literature? Would you like to learn more about Japanese culture and society? Then Japanese studies is the subject for you!

Around the world, more than 128 million people have Japanese as their mother tongue. A sound grasp of the Japanese language will allow you insights into modern institutions, traditional practices and lived experiences from an insider perspective.

During the course of your studies you will primarily engage in language studies, but also 22,5 credits from a wide variety of subjects aimed at widening your knowledge of Japanese culture and society, such as courses in Japanese popular culture, history, literature and performing arts.

Beginner courses in Japanese are offered every autumn semester as part of the six semesters required to attain a bachelor’s degree. All courses are offered as freestanding courses.

During your sixth semester you will produce a bachelor’s thesis partly based on Japanese language sources.

We have exchange programmes with several Japanese universities in order to provide you the opportunity to study Japanese in Japan.

After completing your bachelor’s degree, you will be eligible to enrol in our two-year Master’s Programme in Asian Studies, which affords an opportunity to deepen your skills in Japanese language and culture, as well as learning more about Asia as a region. During the master’s programme you will have the opportunity to study abroad or participate in an internship. With a master’s degree you will also be eligible to apply to our doctoral programme.

Career opportunities

Our students usually combine studies in Japanese with courses in other subjects, such as economics or political science. Our students have pursued careers at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and in the media. Some work for travel agencies, as translators, teachers and researchers.

Courses and programmes


To receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Languages and Cultures specializing in Japanese, enrol in our freestanding courses.

To receive a Master’s Degree in Asian Languages and Cultures specializing in Japanese, you enrol in one of the master’s programmes listed under “Education”.

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Stockholm University conducts research on a variety of topics, such as manga, anime, literature, music, linguistics, gender and art.