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Japanese Language and Literature Course

About the Japanese Language and Literature Course

The degree course of the Japanese Language and Literature specialty is provided at the first (Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Literature) and Second (Master of Arts in Japanese Language and Literature) levels of higher education. The aim of the program Japanese Language and Literature is to prepare professional linguists and to provide students with a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the Japanese language, its structure, grammar, and vocabulary, as well as its rich literary tradition.

The Japanese language is a member of the Japonic language family, which also includes the Ryukyuan languages spoken in Okinawa and other nearby islands. The IEU, Ukraine – Malta Campus students study a complex Japanese writing system including kanji (Chinese characters), hiragana (a syllabic script), and katakana (a script used for loanwords and emphasis). In literary studies, students learn about the major literary movements and authors in Japanese history and analyze the themes, motifs, and literary devices used in their works.

The Japanese Language and Literature degree course at International European University, Ukraine – Malta Campus is one of the most prestigious language programs in Europe. It was established by the Ministry for Higher Education in Malta. The Japanese Language and Literature Degree program in Europe focuses on Japanese literature, culture, and history, depending on the specific program and course requirements. ​​By studying the Japanese Language and Literature at the International European University, Ukraine – Malta Campus students develop advanced skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Japanese, opening up many career opportunities in fields such as education, translation, international business, and diplomacy.

Name of specialty – Japanese Language and Literature;

Level of Higher Education – First (Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Literature) and Second (Master of Arts in Japanese Language and Literature) level;

The list of specializations and educational programs – Japanese Linguistics, Japanese Buddhism and Literature, Japanese Shinto and Literature, Japanese Classical Literature, Japanese Visual Arts, Japanese Poetry and Poetics;

The total amount of credits from the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System – 240 credits;

Duration of studying – 4 years of full-time studying (Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Literature), 2 years of full-time studying (Master of Arts in Japanese Language and Literature).

The Educational Process

International European University Language School in Malta aims to provide international students with invaluable knowledge and experience in Japanese Langauge and Literature using modern information technologies, software, and technical advancements. We use European study plans and curricula, modernized classrooms, reading rooms, and all necessary equipment to make the educational process more comfortable and effective.

All IEU, Ukraine – Malta Campus students get acquainted with interpretation booths in their practical classes. The booths used for synchronized translation are typically called “interpretation booths” or “translation booths”. They are soundproofed structures that allow interpreters to listen to the original speech and provide simultaneous interpretation into the target language without disturbing the audience.

Japanese Language and Literature course at the International European University, Ukraine – Malta Campus starts with the basics of Japanese grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. As students progress, they learn more complex grammatical structures, idioms, and expressions. Courses include opportunities to practice speaking and listening to Japanese, as well as reading and writing in Japanese. In literary studies, students learn about the major literary movements and authors in Japanese history and analyze the themes, motifs, and literary devices used in their works.

Japanese Language and Literature course at the International European University, Ukraine – Malta Campus is centered around discovering new experiences and knowledge during classroom instruction. This involves a blend of theoretical lectures, engaging discussions, and dynamic group activities to inspire students to fall in love with the intricacies of the Japanese language and literature. International students learn the fundamentals of the Japanese language and literature, including grammar, syntax, phonetics, and literary analysis. The IEU, Ukraine – Malta Campus students study related topics such as history, culture, and sociolinguistics as a part of elective classes.

European Language School students are free to use a powerful library with famous worldwide textbooks or a digital library with electronic resources, and excellent search tools, lectures of the most prominent professors who promote fresh ideas and views in the field of Foreign Languages. We spread our experience with those ready to become true professionals and be part of a new generation of modern linguistics.

Future Japanese Language professionals obtain the necessary knowledge and competencies to be able to:

  • exploit the principal bibliographical reference tools used in the different disciplines of linguistics and literature;
  • construct a research hypothesis and defend it using the appropriate methodology in a piece of personal work;
  • describe the current scholarly state of the investigation concerning a linguistics issue and produce a bibliography;
  • demonstrate an ability to put into effect the instructions for a significant piece of work (including respecting deadlines) and an ability to discuss and interact; constructively with a supervisor;
  • carry out a piece of work according to the scientific method as well as learn to apply critical analytical skills to the study of any type of information or document;
  • construct clear and sophisticated reasoning, use appropriate terminology, put a question in its theoretical context, establish a hypothesis and verify it;
  • analyze, synthesize, and identify the objectives of important ideas in any complex text or piece of reasoning;
  • gain a thorough understanding of the principles of argumentative writing;
  • learn to write a piece of academic work by the norms and ethics of academic writing (bibliographical references, use of quotations, notes, etc.);
  • develop a practical command of the different forms of academic communication for conveying a research finding (oral presentation, written dissertation, text analysis & commentary, review, etc.);
  • learn to systematically express and apply the standard rules of Japanese spelling and prescriptive grammar by acquiring a command of its metalanguage and understanding the norms of grammar on a theoretical level;
  • learn to carry out a morphosyntactic and syntactic analysis of contemporary written and spoken Japanese;
  • learn the fundamental principles of corpus linguistics and how to produce a quantitative and qualitative analysis of a corpus;
  • acquire in-depth knowledge of the historical-political and sociocultural events that have conditioned the emergence of Japanese, its diffusion, and development;
  • acquire in-depth knowledge and skills in phonetics and the historical morphology of Japanese as well as acquire an ability to think critically about linguistic variation and how language functions and evolves;
  • learn to read and understand a medieval literary text in ancient or middle Japanese and to translate it into modern Japanese as well as identify its poetic and aesthetic characteristics;
  • work with documents and reproduce the information in another language in written media, such as articles and books;
  • explaining and dictating concepts;
  • use these verbal communication skills to transfer information from one person to another;
  • understand non-verbal communication cues and how they interact with verbal communication;
  • understand how people use their body language to support their statements or differences between body language across different cultures;
  • use body language correctly to convey the right message and adhere to cultural norms;
  • build functional professional relationships with others in the industry and help students make requests, provide updates, and set boundaries in the workplace;
  • understand the meaning of words and phrases and the context in which to use them.

Compulsory Subjects

Japanese Language and Literature degree course covers a comprehensive range of major and minor subjects. The major subjects (or modules) are:

  • Japanese Language Proficiency;
  • Japanese Phonetics and Phonology;
  • Japanese Syntax and Grammar;
  • Japanese Semantics and Pragmatics;
  • Japanese Literature History;
  • Japanese Literature Theory and Criticism;
  • Japanese Literature Genres;
  • Japanese Modern Literature;
  • Japanese Classical Literature;
  • Japanese Medieval Literature;
  • Japanese Contemporary Literature;
  • Japanese Popular Culture and Literature;
  • Japanese Film and Media Studies;
  • Japanese Theater and Performance Studies;
  • Japanese Poetry and Poetics;
  • Japanese Novel and Short Story Studies;
  • Japanese Literature in Translation;
  • Japanese Literature and Gender;
  • Japanese Literature and Identity;
  • Japanese Literature and Society;
  • Japanese Literature and Politics;
  • Japanese Literature and Religion;
  • Japanese Literature and History;
  • Japanese Linguistics;
  • Japanese Language Pedagogy;
  • Japanese Language Acquisition;
  • Japanese Discourse Analysis;
  • Japanese Translation and Interpretation;
  • Japanese Language and Culture;
  • Japanese Language and Society;
  • Japanese Language and Media;
  • Japanese Language and Identity;
  • Japanese Language and Politics;
  • Japanese Language and Business;
  • Japanese Language and International Relations;
  • Japanese Literature and Creative Writing;
  • Japanese Literature and Art;
  • Japanese Literature and Philosophy;
  • Japanese Literature and Environmental Studies;
  • Japanese Literature and Globalization.

Career Perspectives

After finishing the educational professional program of the specialty “Japanese Langauge and Literature” specialists can perform professional work as:

  • Japanese Language Teacher;
  • Japanese Translator;
  • Japanese Interpreter;
  • Japanese Language Program Coordinator;
  • Japanese Language And Culture Consultant;
  • Japanese Language Curriculum Developer;
  • Japanese Language Test Developer;
  • Japanese Language Researcher;
  • Japanese Language Editor;
  • Japanese Language Proofreader;
  • Japanese Language Copywriter;
  • Japanese Language Journalist;
  • Japanese Language Librarian;
  • Japanese Language Archivist;
  • Japanese Language Museum Curator;
  • Japanese Language Tour Guide;
  • Japanese Language Travel Writer;
  • Japanese Language Social Media Manager;
  • Japanese Language Digital Marketer;
  • Japanese Public Relations Specialist;
  • Japanese Event Coordinator;
  • Japanese Community Outreach Specialist;
  • Japanese Grant Writer;
  • Japanese Non-Profit Organization Manager;
  • Japanese Academic Advisor;
  • Japanese Program Director;
  • Japanese Academic Researcher;
  • Japanese Professor;
  • Japanese Adjunct Professor;
  • Japanese Writer;
  • Japanese Author;
  • Japanese Literary Agent;
  • Japanese Publisher;
  • Japanese Bookseller;
  • Japanese Bookstore Owner;
  • Japanese Entrepreneur;
  • Japanese Project Manager;
  • Japanese Business Executive.

Why Study Japanese in Europe?

The International European University, Ukraine – Malta Campus is a perfect option for international students to study Japanese in Europe and discover an excellent opportunity to get a high-quality degree from one of the best universities in the EU. The quality of education is on point as our Language School is consistently ranked among the TOP-10 Language Schools in Europe.

IEU, Ukraine – Malta Campus international students gain access to award-winning teaching methods and internationally recognized qualifications used worldwide. A degree in Linguistics from the International European University, Ukraine – Malta Campus involves studying to practice Japanese language skills through classroom discussions, group activities, and individual assignments. By studying Japanese at IEU, Ukraine – Malta Campus students get the skills and knowledge to communicate effectively in Japanese.

Career Perspectives in Europe

Studying Japanese at the International European University, Ukraine – Malta Campus prepares students for various career opportunities in the public and private sectors, such as international business, diplomacy, translation, education, and many other fields, or they may choose to start their businesses. Studying Japanese at the International European University, Ukraine – Malta Campus can also increase students earning potential and help them stand out in the job market.

Application Process for Linguistics Degree in Europe

The application process for Linguistics Degree at International European University, Ukraine – Malta Campus is easy and fast compared to other European Linguistics universities. International students are provided with full support along the way while collecting the necessary documents, submitting their application, and obtaining the Student Visa.

Rich Cultural Experience in Europe

International students of IEU, Ukraine – Malta Campus are always amazed by Maltese culture rich in history and tradition. The islands discovering is always an eye-opening experience for students who have never left their home country before. Students have the opportunity to travel around Europe during their time abroad, which allows them to see how other cultures live and what they value most about life. Obtaining a Linguistics Degree abroad offers some unforgettable experiences students will never forget! For example: visiting museums or historical sites; tasting new foods from around the world; learning how people celebrate holidays differently; meeting new friends from all over the world who share similar interests, and many more!

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