The three-year bachelor's degree in Modern Japan, a core subject, provides in-depth knowledge of the Japanese language, culture, history and society (with a focus on Japanese modernity) as well as the methods and tools of Japanese studies.

We also offer a variant of the course: the BA + cultural and social science research on Japan . A one-year, intensively supervised research stay at a partner university can be integrated into the core subject and a four-year bachelor's degree can be completed.

The study of Modern Japan includes basic knowledge of the Japanese language, history, culture and society. The specialty of studying at our institute is the focus on modern Japan. As soon as you have acquired your basic knowledge of the region of Japan in the first semesters, you can focus on your own study areas in in-depth thematic modules.

Our institute offers seminars in the field of cultural and social science research on Japan, which deal with fields such as gender studies, globalization, demographic change, consumer society and popular culture. A stay of at least six months in Japan is strongly recommended. There are different ways to get to Japan: You can study at one of our partner universities or you can freely choose a university and organize your stay there yourself.

The Bachelor Plus Cultural and Social Studies in Japan Research is an extension of the three-year Bachelor's core subject course to a four-year course with an integrated one-year stay abroad at a Japanese university. The main focus of the course variant is the planning and implementation of cultural and social science research projects for students in Japan. During the creditable studies at Japanese partner universities, the students prepare project and final theses and are supervised in eLearning events.

One of the reasons why Düsseldorf is a very popular place to study for Japanese Studies students is because we have such a large and lively Japanese community here, with whom we maintain good contacts and which we include in our research and teaching. 


In the first year, in addition to the Japanese language courses, the acquisition of basic Japanese knowledge in the areas of history, culture and society is on the schedule. In the second year you will expand your knowledge of Japanese and deepen your studies on topics from the areas of Japan-related cultural and social science. In the third year, what has been learned should be applied in projects and internships - if possible combined with a stay in Japan - and the course should be completed with a thesis. You can find a detailed overview of the modules to be studied in the course schedule .

The Bachelor Plusis designed as a variant of the regular three-year Bachelor's degree in Modern Japan in the core subject. Whether a regular Bachelor Modern Japan or Bachelor Plus - the course of study is identical in the first three semesters. After a successful application in the third semester, active preparation for the stay abroad begins in the fourth semester. During the two-semester study abroad at a Japanese partner university in the fifth and sixth semester, the students work on their field research projects. After returning from Japan, the seventh and eighth semesters are identical to the fifth and sixth semesters of the regular three-year Bachelor's degree in Modern Japan in the core subject.


The entry requirement for the Bachelor's degree in Modern Japan is general or relevant subject-specific higher education entrance qualification (Abitur). Under certain conditions, those with professional qualifications can also study without a high school diploma. A good knowledge of the English language, in which much of the non-Japanese specialist literature is written, is required.

For the Bachelor Plus course variant, the application is only made in the third semester as part of the advertisement for a study place at a Japanese partner university. The integrated stay in Japan will begin in the following winter semester. Prerequisites are a convincing research project (empirical research project) for the stay in Japan as well as the completion of the language modules 1 and 2 and the module regional science basics with an average grade of at least 2.5


The intercultural skills acquired during the course are increasingly in demand, especially in international organizations and commercial enterprises. The job market opportunities for graduates of the Bachelor's degree courses in Modern Japan can therefore be assessed as very positive. Depending on the combination of subjects, there are good career prospects in educational institutions, organizations with a cultural focus, libraries, in publishing and journalism, in the tourism industry and in all international companies and organizations with a connection to Japan. There are also a variety of job opportunities in areas of activity that require a knowledge of Japanese. With a large number of Japanese companies, the Düsseldorf location is well suited for starting a career.

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