Asian Studies

About the year abroad

The year abroad is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Japanese culture, take their language skills from lower intermediate level to advanced level, and also develop a rich understanding of Japanese society.

"... It felt good to be using the language at a kind of level that wasn’t just “survival Japanese” but instead to communicate and understand various complex ideas and opinions."

Chris Aien - MA (Hons) Japanese - Graduated 2011

"... The first two years of the degree had provided me with vast amounts of information about Japan, so I was confident that Kyoto was the right place for me to live and I was right".

Al Blackshaw - MA (Hons) Japanese - Graduated 2007

 

The third year of the MA Japanese and MA Japanese and Linguistics programme is a compulsory year abroad, in which the students study at a partner institution in Japan. The year abroad is a crucial part of these programmes, as it gives students an opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture, take their language skills from lower intermediate level to advanced level, and also develop a rich understanding of Japanese society. The year abroad is one of the most popular aspects of these programmes.

We currently have 16 exchange partner universities in Japan. Although each university has their own curriculum for their language courses, all provide a high standard of language tuition for their exchange students. Some universities also offer lectures or courses (mainly foundation courses of Japanese culture / literature / society) taught in English for international students.

Partner Universities

The University of Edinburgh has exchange relationships with a number of world-class universities in Japan.

During your first week your host university will assess your level and allocate you to a class accordingly. Each university has its own Japanese language programme, however all Japanese language classes will be conducted solely in Japanese. Students will study all four elements of language: grammar, listening, reading and oral. In addition there will be the opportunity for students to take a variety of courses in Japanese culture and society. The makeup of these courses and language of instruction varies dependent upon the host university.

Courses are assessed throughout the year, and this may include oral presentations and written papers. Students also complete distance-learning tasks with staff at the University of Edinburgh and are expected to begin research for their dissertation project.

The universities in Japan with which we have exchange agreements are: