Gain fascinating insights into Japan’s rich language, culture and society.
With Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Japanese), you can study Japanese without completing a second bachelor’s degree.
- Graduate, NZQF Level 7
- Available for part-time study over one year or more
The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Japanese) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to improve their knowledge of Japanese.
Massey’s GCertArts (Japanese) will equip you with upper-intermediate and above language skills in spoken and written Japanese. These will also help you gain a valuable insight into the social and cultural background of this complex and powerful society.
You can expect to acquire competence equivalent to Level Three and above of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
Prior proficiency in Japanese is required at least equivalent to the level of Japanese 2A.
Learn a globally relevant language
The increasingly multicultural nature of society means it is important to learn about new languages and cultures and how they interact with your own. Massey’s Japanese programme shows you the world from the Japanese perspective. It also shows you how Japan has interacted with the rest of the world.
Interactive study and supportive staff
Whether you study on campus or by distance, you will learn from supportive, passionate staff. You’ll use study materials with digital exercises and assignments, audio, videos and presentations. You can integrate your own self-study with these supportive learning resources. Distance students can attend regular live online language tutorials. You don’t have to learn on your own. Everyone can practise speaking Japanese in a shared environment.
Combines culture and language
Language doesn’t exist in isolation - it becomes more powerful when it is learnt in a cultural context. Options to take courses on Japanese society, literature and film will give you a rich perspective for understanding Japan. Some are delivered in English. Through exploring this context, you will also explore your own culture and identity.
Careers and further study
With a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Japanese), you’ll have career prospects in many areas, including:
- trade and commerce
- the Japan Exchange and teaching programme (JET)
- foreign affairs
- military and strategic affairs
- border security
- disaster management
- creative arts
- website localisation
Once you have completed your Graduate Certificate you can go on to postgraduate study if you wish. Your Japanese skills may enable you to undertake a postgraduate qualification with a Japanese perspective in the discipline of your bachelor’s degree.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Japanese) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions.
If you do not have the entry requirements
English language and foundation courses
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
- English Language Proficiency
- Foundation Certificate in Academic English
- Foundation Certificate in Advanced Academic English
- Full Foundation - Certificate in Foundation Studies
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Courses and planning
No endorsement option
- Courses from the Schedule – 60 credits
- Courses from one endorsement – 45 credits
- Course selected from the Schedule – 15 credits
This qualification is available with or without endorsement.
Ensure overall you have at least 45 credits at 300 level.
Courses for this specialisation
|242203||Japanese Language and Society||15|
|242304||Reading and Writing about Current Japan||15|
|242305||Readings in Modern Japanese Literature||15|
|242307||Japanese-English Translation Techniques||15|
|242390||Individual Research Project in Japanese Studies||15|
Planning your programme
If you study full-time, you’ll take 60 credits per semester.
If you start at 300-level Japanese you will be able to complete in one year . Otherwise you will need to start at Japanese 2B.
To establish your level of Japanese you may be required to take an online placement test. Please consult the programme coordinator for advice using the Enquire button on this page.
Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and finance
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
A good fit if you:
- are interested in different people and cultures
- are keen to improve the level of your Japanese
- want skills that can take you all over the world.
Key information for students
Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.
Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
Applying and enrolling
Applying for the programme
Check you are ready
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
Choose your programme and click on Apply now
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
Enrolling in courses
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
- prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
- corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
- restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
- location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
What are courses and credits?
What are courses and credits?
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
- See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
- Courses search
Understanding course numbers
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
- sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
- undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
- as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.
Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.