Learn Japanese at the TUM Language Center


Japanese is spoken by about 127 million people. A distinctive feature of Japanese is its complex writing system. It consists of two writing systems: Kanji (漢字) comes from the Chinese writing system. Hiragana (平仮名 or ひらがな) and Katakana (片仮名 or カタカナ) are syllabaries, or phonetic writing systems. In the Japanese courses at the TUM Language Center, you can study up to level A2.4, where you will learn Hiragana and Katakana and approximately 300 Kanji.

Courses during the semester

We offer Japanese courses from level A1.1 to A2.4 following the CEFR.

Program overview in TUMonline

Courses during the semester break

Use the lecture-free period before the Winter Semester 2019/2020, to improve your language skills.

  • The program for the intensive courses can be found in the 29th calender week in TUMonline.
  • The courses take place in September and October.
  • The registration starts 3 weeks before each course starts.

Course Registration

Students can register via TUMonline. Staff interested in taking a course should come to the first lesson.

The TUM Language Center reserves the right, in case of low number of present participants to cancel the courses.

Language Certificates and Language Tests

You can take a test to receive a language certificate to include in various applications (DAAD, TUMexchange). Please contact m.miyayama@tum.de for further information.

Tandem Learning

TUMtandem brings TUM students together for structured intercultural conversation.

Read more about TUMtandem here. Feel free to contact us via tandem@zv.tum.de if you have any questions.


Marie Miyayama

Coordinator of Japanese Program

Office Hours
On Wednesdays from 11:00 to 12:00

By arrangement during the semester break
Room 212, Richard-Wagner-Str. 3 (MUC)
Tel.: 089/289-29341


Photo Credits: Photos 1-3 are released under Creative Commons CC0 and freely available in the public domain at www.pixabay.com. Foto 4 Miyayama-Sinz: Eckert, Astrid und Heddergott, Andreas / TUM