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UWL is proud to participate in the UW System Collaborative Language program in order to offer Japanese.

Japanese program offerings

  • Two-year course of study fulfilling the College of Liberal Studies language requirements for BA degrees
    • Japanese 101 (fall semesters)
    • Japanese 102 (spring semesters)
    • Japanese 201 (fall semesters)
    • Japanese 202 (spring semesters)
  • Opportunities to study abroad
  • Opportunities to teach English in Japan through the Guy Healy Program


Those who have studied Japanese before need to take a placement test for placement into to appropriate course. Please email the Japanese instructor at

Why learn Japanese

  • Japan has the third-largest economy in the world
  • Japan's population is almost one-half that of the US, but they live in an area smaller than California
  • Japanese innovations are everywhere (such as Pokemon and Nintendo)
  • Japanese traditional, modern, and pop cultures are world-renowned
  • A large portion of Japan's history was spent in isolation, allowing them to develop an incredibly unique culture
  • Learning Japanese helps improve your ability to problem solve and other brain functions (check out these benefits of being a bilingual)
  • European languages are typically the first choice as second languages for speakers of English, so learning Japanese sets you apart from everyone else
  • Not convinced? Check out more reasons to study Japanese!