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Japanese is spoken by about 127 million people. A distinctive feature of Japanese is its complex writing system. It consists of multiple writing systems: Kanji (漢字) comes from the Chinese writing system, whereas  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.

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

There is also communication courses at A2 or B1 level. 

Not every course may be offered every semester.
Please determine your course level by taking our placement test.

Intensive courses (course levels may vary) take place during the semester break in spring and fall.

The intensive courses take place over a shorter period of time, but have more training units per week than the courses during the semester. The number of ECTS and the workload is therefore the same as for the semester-long courses.

Current dates and registration deadlines can be found on our homepage.

You can find a complete overview of our course program in TUMonline.

More Offers and Cooperations

Would you like to make contact with other TUM students or employees and at the same time improve your language skills in a flexible and practical way? At TUMtandem we will find a tandem partner for you within TUM and support your joint learning process. More information on TUMtandem

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. 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.

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.

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Photo of Staff: Eckert, Astrid and Heddergott, Andreas / TUM.

Marie Miyayama-Sinz
Coordinator of Japanese Program

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