Study Abroad

A city at night in Japan


The Japanese Language Program encourages students to study abroad in Japan for a year, spring/fall, or summer in order to utilize and improve your Japanese language. This experience will help you practice and strengthen your proficiency, and develop cultural awareness.

Sample of Approved Programs

Studying in Japan exposes you to new ways of living, learning and interacting. You may find yourself navigating Japanese cultural encounters, experiencing traditional Japanese foods and different customs—and all in Japanese.

Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs that offer Japanese language coursework. There you can filter options to search for unique program traits like internships or research. Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where Japanese courses may be available.

Study Abroad Liaison

To assist students with their academic choices abroad and to help answer any questions about receiving major/minor credit while abroad, each academic department and program has assigned a faculty member to serve as the Study Abroad Liaison. As every department has different policies regarding credit from abroad, the Study Abroad Liaison can assist you with guidance on major/minor credit. Find the Study Abroad Liaison for Japanese.

Requesting Credit in Japanese Studies

Students wishing to receive Japanese Language credit for coursework done off-campus during the academic year should discuss these plans with the Study Abroad Liaison. All students as part of their application process for either a summer or semester term abroad will be required to have a course proposal reviewed by the department if they wish to receive credit in that major/minor. For the semester, this is an initial conversation and students should continue to discuss plans with the department as they have more course information (syllabi, etc.). For the summer, courses are pre-approved. Upon return, semester students should complete the Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement form for final and formal review. 


Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan provide assistance to students with travel and living expenses incurred during a semester or year in Japan. The deadline for students who will be studying in Japan in Fall or Academic Year is typically in April while the deadline for Spring students is typically in October.