Japanese Studies

Why Japanese?


Nowadays the keywords 'international', 'intercultural' and 'globalisation' are a part of our everyday life. From future employees it will expected that they not only have specialist knowledge but also think about the borders of Germany and Europe away.

Objectives & possibilities

The participants of 'Japan-Studies' will be exposed to Japanese culture and Japanese language. They attain examination about country and people and acquire basic linguistic proficiency. In Japanese language courses it is informed with a beginning communicatively oriented to action. The job prospects with Japanese knowledge and Japan knowledge have turned out with the present graduates and graduates absolutely promising. We have contacts with Japanese companies in the Rhine Main area as well as an exchange programme with two Japanese partner universities in Japan (Tōkyō & Kyōto).


Demands and construction

The successful participation in the Japan studies is confirmed by a certificate.

The whole Japan studies enclose 30 LPs, i.e. to the acquisition of the additional certificate (official document with stamp and signature) of the faculty 05 it is necessary to attend successful following events:

Course Type Semester Examination SWS ECTS
Japanese I1 language course WiSe exam 4 SWS 7 LP
Japanese II2 language course SoSe exam 4 SWS 7 LP
Japanese III3 language course WiSe exam 2 SWS 4 LP
Applied Geography of Japan I proseminar WiSe exam 2 SWS 3 LP
Applied Geography of Japan II4 seminar SoSe presentation 2 SWS 3 LP
paper to Applied Geography of Japan I or Applied Geography of Japan II 3 LP
Structures of East Asian languages tutorial WiSe exam 2 SWS 3 LP
additional course
Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Stufe 4-3 SoSe exam 2 SWS
  • 1 Book: Genki I (Lection 1-8) – approximate CEFR A1
  • 2 Book: Genki I & II (Lection 9-16) – approximate  CEFR A2, JLPT max. degree 4
  • 3 Book: Genki II (Lection 17-23) – approximate  CEFR B1, JLPT degree 4-3
  • 4 Course 'Applied geography of Japan II' can visit before 'Applied geography of Japan I'.

In other institutions acquired linguistic proficiency can be recognised in particular cases.

Even if many participants of our events work straight towards the additional certificate, nevertheless, it is to be visited as possibly single offers without aiming at the certificate. By later decision for the certificate all visited courses are considered of course.

You find the topical courses and course appointments per semester in Jogustine. About Jogustine a registration must also occur. Choose the desired semester and follow the following path:

Übersicht > Fachbereich 05 – Philosophie und Philologie > BA Linguistik/Allgemeine und Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft (Magister) > Sprachkurse (für Hörer aller Fachbereiche) > Projekt Japan-Studien and then announce themselves about "listener's registration".


Information for BA Linguistic students

  • The following courses of Japan studies are part of the BA linguistics: In Japanese I & II as an option in module 2 or 3, 'Structures of East Asian Languages' in module 4.2
  • Hence, to the acquisition of the additional certificate Japan studies still all other courses listed on top and achievements are to be produced, in addition.

Information for listeners of all departments

  • Japan studies are open for listeners of all faculties, i.e. for all students who are enrolled into the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz.
  • In case of capacity problems in single courses which also belong to the BA  linguistics programme students of BA  linguistics have priority.
  • Instead of the course 'tructures of East Asian Languages' (restricted admission capacity for not BA Linguistics students), there are following alternatives (3 LPs too): Courses of other institutes on the subject "Japan" the second paper to the courses study of the "Applied Geography of Japan I" or study of "Applied Geography of Japan II".


    • All prospective customers of the Japan studies who are not matriculate at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz have to sign up the possibility as an auditor to be able to take part in the courses.
    • You find out information about the registration as an auditor about the student's secretariat (http://www.info.jogustine.uni-mainz.de/722.php).
    • With questions to the old project Japan studies you get in contact please personally with the contacts.


  • Dr Linlin Sun
  • Daniel Gönül, M.A. (Applied Geography of Japan)
  • Takayo Ishizawa, M.A. (language courses)
  • Yohko Wakabayashi, B.A. (language courses)



Johannes Gutenberg-University
Department of English and Linguistics
Language Typology - Japan-Studies
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18

55122 Mainz


Dr Svenja Völkel;  E-Mail: Dr S. Völkel

Beatrix Spahn;  E-Mail: B. Spahn

Tel: ++49-(0)6131-39-22541
Fax: ++49 (0)6131-39-23836

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