Language Requirements for the MSc and MPhil in Japanese Studies

Language Requirements for the MSc and MPhil in Japanese Studies

Japanese Language Requirement:

As we do not teach beginners Japanese, we require students to already have language proficiency equivalent to the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Proficiency Level N4 or above.

For non-native speakers of Japanese, Japanese language proficiency equivalent to the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Proficiency Level N4 is required, and in general, an aptitude for Japanese language learning. Please submit a copy of your test certificate with your applicationYour test must have been taken no more than two years before the start date of your course.

If you have no certificate of your language proficiency, and were unable to take the test because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you will be asked to take an on-line test and have an interview in Japanese so that we can assess your level. The offer of a place on the programme will be conditional on you having an acceptable language competence equivalent to JLPT Level N4 or above.

If you do not already have a pass at N4 or above you will need to take the JLPT test in the December prior to your application at the very latest.

Addresses of test centres world-wide can be found on the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test website

Books that will help you master N1, N2, N3, N4, and N5 levels in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test can be found here https://www.thejapanshop.com/en-gb/collections/jlpt-resources

Evidence of training in the Japanese language is required.

 

What is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test?

The JLPT is an internationally recognised qualification for non-native speakers, sponsored by the Japan Foundation and the Japan Educational Exchange and Services.  In the UK the test is administered by the Japan Research Centre (JRC) at SOAS, University of London (and separately at the University of Edinburgh) on behalf of the Japan Foundation.

 

JLPT in London

Sunday, 7th July 2024 and Sunday, 1st December 2024.

 

English Language Requirement (for those whose first language is not English):

English is the language of instruction for all programmes offered at Oxford and all examination papers are written in English.

If your first language is not English, you must supply suitable evidence that you have reached the relevant higher level before any offer of a place can be confirmed. The University recognises only certain English tests. The standard and higher level requirements are given in full, along with details of recognised English tests, in the Guidance for international students.