Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This is a full-semester unit that enables students to undertake intensive language study at a university in Japan to develop their oral and written skills to a high level. It is offered as an alternative to any Japanese language unit above the first year. The details of the academic program that students do at their host university in Japan depend on which units students choose to take. Besides taking language subjects, students normally study a range of regular non-language subjects offered by the host university in which the language of instruction is Japanese. As well as enabling students to gain a high level of fluency in spoken and written Japanese, the unit exposes students to a whole new world of experience. Living and studying independently in Japan for a semester helps students develop a range of invaluable life skills and cultural competencies.

24 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Through months of intensive instruction and interaction with the Japanese, students develop their oral and written skills to a high level and achieve operational fluency in the Japanese language; and achieve a high level of familiarity with social norms, culture and language use in Japan, preparing them for a wide range of social and employment contexts.


Assessment arrangements are in the hands of the host university in Japan. Students receive grades for each of the units they enrol in, and an official transcript of these grades is issued. The student is awarded an Ungraded Pass/Fail at UWA.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Tomoko Nakamatsu
Unit rules
12 points of Level 1 Japanese units
or approval of convener
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.