Academic Leads: Prof. Simon Kaner

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Accreditation: Non-accredited

Level: Undergraduate

Japan plays a significant role in the contemporary world, yet it is still seen by many as an unknown and mysterious culture. You'll explore the latest approaches to Japanese studies and focus on discussions involving leading researchers and experts in the field.

Throughout this undergraduate-level programme, you will have the opportunity to visit the world-renowned Lisa Sainsbury Library for Japanese Arts at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

You'll gain a greater knowledge and passion for Japan's history and culture, and its future in our global society. You'll also hear from guest lecturers and take part in workshops and field trips to enhance class discussions.

This module is delivered by Centre for Japanese Studies, Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities at UEA.



By the end of the programme students will

  • Be able to be a more intercultural member of society, having gained knowledge about Japan’s social, political and cultural context

  • Have a greater understanding of Japan’s history and geography

  • Have an appreciation of Japan’s significance within European society

  • Have enhanced study skills, in particular the ability to present information and express ideas about materials studies in oral and written formats.


The course is suited to those who are interested in Japan, East Asia and the latest approaches to Japanese Studies. No specific prior knowledge is required, except a desire and willingness to learn and engage.

Hear from our Alumni

Japan Orientation programme is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge about Japanese studies, lectures were provided by prominent researchers and those whose work is directly related to Japan, you will hear unique information based on their experiences.

Egor from Russia, Japan Orientation 2019

Apply for this programme because it is a valuable experience and it is not often that these occur. You will not only discover an interesting module to study, but you will also find yourself in a beautiful city with friendly people.

Lisa from Romania, Japan Orientation 2018

Japan Orientation gave me the possibility of listening to stories – about Japan, its past, present and future, about my friends’ plans and dreams, experiences and concerns.

Ewa from Poland, Japan Orientation 2018 - read the full post on our blog!