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Students learning Japanese, Cardiff University

13.7% of the student population of Wales is made up of students from countries outside the EU including Japan.

Here are some links between Welsh Universities and Japan. 

Cardiff University

Japanese programmes take place at Cardiff University's School of Modern Languages. Courses were established in 1989 and Cardiff University is recognised as one of the leading Japanese studies centres in the country.

The university continues to develop its undergraduate curriculum and strengthen its links with sister universities in Japan as well as through the appointment and training of high calibre staff. The university has close links with the Japanese Embassy which sponsors one of its seminar series.

Cardiff University's exchange universities in Japan include Asia Pacific University, Chuo University, Dokkyo University, Hiroshima University, ICU, Keio University, Kobe University, University of Kitakyushu, Meiji University, Ristumeikan University, Toyo University, Yokohama National University.

The University is in regular contact with The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) which has visited and held briefing sessions in the past. Professor Andrew Quantock, Director of Research in the School of Optometry & Vision Sciences, is Wales’ representative for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences UK Alumni Association. He is also is Visiting Professor at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine.

The School of Optometry & Vision Sciences has many links in Japan, including with R&D of a major contact lens firm.

In 2009 the University was visited by Gifu University to discuss potential academic collaboration and research. As part of the event, Professor Jonathan Osmond and Professor Max Munday spoke at the Japan-UK Higher Education Symposium in London immediately following the visit.

Bangor University

Bangor University has a “Study Abroad” partnership with Waseada University, in the northern part of Tokyo. Founded in 1882 as Tōkyō Senmon Gakkō, the institution was renamed Waseda University in 1902. Its alumni include seven post-war prime ministers and prominent corporate leaders. Currently, seven of the Fortune Global 2007's CEOs are Waseda graduates. In particular, the School of Political Science and Economics has a significant influence on Japanese society. Study Abroad allows students who are taking a degree course at another university to visit Bangor, for a semester or a whole academic year and are able to transfer the qualifications and credits they've achieved at Bangor back to their home university to count towards their final degree.

Bangor is a founder member of a pan Wales High Performance Computing Initiative, partnering with Fujitsu.

Beginners’ Japanese: Our School of Modern Languages offers, as a module, Beginners' Japanese. This provides an introduction to elementary Japanese with the emphasis on developing practical listening, speaking and reading skills. It focuses on the linguistic skills necessary to cope with a range of daily life situations and introduce students to aspects of Japanese culture. It provides familiarisation with Japanese characters, the emphasis being on communication and acculturation with a view to preparing students for travel, commerce and work in the global context.
Representatives of the University have visited a number of events in Tokyo and Osaka including SI-UK Education Fairs, the Waseda University Study Abroad & Recruitment Fair and British Council Education UK events where we have made local contacts and links.

Swansea University

Swansea University has two agreements with Japanese institutions: Japan College of Foreign Languages and Osaka College of Foreign Languages, both of which facilitate entry into subjects taught within the University’s College of Arts and Humanities, and have been running for 5 years. Also, the Students’ Union runs a Japanese Society with members from across the globe.

Students learning Welsh in Tokyo

In Daito Bunka University in Tokyo, students are learning Welsh.



Find out more about our universities on our Studying in Wales pages.