Short Courses

Japanese Courses

Explore our available Japanese Language Courses.

We will be offering these courses in-person. Please note: 

  • Our in-person courses will follow the latest Scottish Government and University of Edinburgh guidance on health and hygiene in teaching spaces. More details will be made available prior to the start of courses.  


Japanese courses

Choose the level that's right for you...

We're delighted you're interested in learning Japanese!

  • If you have no previous experience of the language, please enrol on the any of the Beginners Step 1 Courses. 
  • For those with some knowledge of the language, please take a look at our Language Level Self-assessment for Japanese.
  • Still unsure? Please email and one of our tutors will contact you within 5 days to help you choose the correct level.
  • Further descriptions of the CEFR framework and competencies at each level can be found on our Language Levels pages.

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

The JLPT is an internationally recognised qualification for Learners of the Japanese language.

The next JLPT test at the University of Edinburgh: 3rd December 2023.

The applications for the 2023 JLPT December test will open on Monday 14th August 2023.

Full details here.

Booking Deadline

Courses will close for booking 8 days before the course start date. Book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment!

Other Ways to Learn Japanese at Edinburgh

If you’re an undergraduate student at the University of Edinburgh, you can take Japanese as an outside subject in one or both of Years 1 and 2 of your programme, depending on your timetable and prior knowledge.

Find out more about outside subjects 

Japanese is also available to all students (undergraduate and postgraduate) as an Open Language Course. There are options for complete beginners and more advanced learners.

Browse Open Language Courses