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

Courses during the semester break

  • Intensive courses take place during the lecture-free period in spring and fall.
  • You will find the program in TUMonline towards the end of every lecture period.
  • As soon as the registration period has been set, the information will be published on our homepage.


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.

Cooperation with Kyoto University

Since the summer semester of 2022, there has been a cooperation with Kyoto University.

This year, for the first time, two students from the TUM Language Center are taking part in the Kyoto Summer Program, which currently takes place online but normally on site. From the winter semester 2022/23 onwards, the cooperation is to be continued so that TUM students can regularly take part in the program.

Cooperation with the University of Tokyo

TUM maintains a strategic partnership with the University of Tokyo. As part of this cooperation, the project "Hands-on" was launched in the summer of 2019, in which eight BA students from Tokyo sat in on Japanese courses at the TUM Language Center and designed various activities together with TUM students. After the end of the pandemic, this project will be continued!

More info about the Hands-on Program at the University of Tokyo

With the introduction of the TUM-UT-Tandem-Program, the cooperation between the two universities was further expanded and intensified: since the winter semester 2020/21, TUM students and UT students can form online tandems with each other! In the summer semester of 2021, the first online teaching event took place, in which students from both universities participated and discussed various topics. In addition, the TUM-UT Tandem program has been integrated into the communication course since the winter semester 2021/22.

Tandem Learning

TUMtandem brings TUM students together for structured intercultural conversation.

Read more about TUMtandem here.

Feel free to contact us via sprachenzentrum@tum.de if you should have any questions.

Marie Miyayama

Coordinator of Japanese Program

Office Hours
On Tuesdays from 14:00 to 15:00

By arrangement during the semester break
Room 212, Richard-Wagner-Str. 3 (MUC)


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