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 B1, where you will learn Hiragana and Katakana and approximately 300 Kanji.

Courses during the semester

We offer Japanese courses from level A1.1 to B1 following the CEFR.

Program overview in TUMonline

(Course registration not possible in the overview.)

Courses during the semester break

  • The program of the intensive courses in the lecture-free period is now available in TUMonline.
  • Registration starts 3 weeks before the first day of the intensive course.
  • Examinations are taken in the form of course-related academic work.

Course Registration

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