Graduate Diploma in Arts (Japanese)

Course summary

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Japanese) enables you to study for one year as a full-time student at a Japanese university that maintains an exchange agreement with UOW.

You will focus on Japanese language subjects and may also study a subject in Japanese history, politics or literature depending on your interests and the availability of subjects at the exchange partner university. Assessment is a combination of language-based assessment set by the exchange university, and tasks assigned by UOW. 

The Graduate Diploma will be awarded by UOW on successful completion of the year of study in Japan, as well as an exit examination held at UOW.

Course information

Study area



Course Code





1 year full-time (2 sessions)


On Campus


UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

This program is not available to international applicants.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score





IELTS Academic






TOEFL (Internet-based)






UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Japanese, but this is not compulsory. The program is not designed for native Japanese speakers.

Interviews will be conducted in August/September of the year prior to commencing study in Japan.


2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
On Campus

Session Fee: $10,488
Full Course Fee: $20,976

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Some Commonwealth Supported places may be awarded on an equity basis. Contact UOW Future Students, or telephone 1300 367 869 for an application form.

The fee per session is based on a standard full-time load and is equivalent to 24 credit points, ie 4 subjects.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.



Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer



75th percentile rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



25th percentile rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.


This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.


2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study



Vocational education & training study



Recent secondary education

Basis of admission




ATAR plus additional criteria



Other criteria only (non-ATAR)



Work & life experience



International students



All students



L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.


For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn


Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants: 31 January. Late applications will be accepted where places are available.
    Provided a complete application, including all required supporting documentation has been submitted, on-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome within two weeks of receipt.

  • International Applicants: One week prior to course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February 2018
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Japanese) will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the Japanese language and grammar;
  2. Comprehend spoken and written Japanese to B2 Level in the Japan Foundation's (JF) Japanese Language Educational Standard;
  3. Communicate in both spoken and written Japanese to B2 Level in the JF’s Japanese Language Educational Standard;
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate historical events and socio-cultural forces that have shaped contemporary Japan and its people. 

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Japanese) students must successfully complete the following subjects:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
JAPA851 Japanese Studies Abroad  24 Autumn, Spring
JAPA852 Japanese Studies Abroad II 24 Autumn, Spring

Assessment is conducted at the exchange university in Japan and will depend on the program of study each student selects. After one year of study at the exchange university, candidates will be required to pass an exit examination at the University of Wollongong. The Graduate Diploma from the University of Wollongong will be awarded upon successful completion of these requirements.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

UOW's Faculty of Law, Humanities and The Arts fosters an international outlook and graduates will be able to adapt easily to changing environments in the national and international arena.

The Faculty's Modern Languages program has a strong commitment to research and accepts postgraduate students in French, Italian, Japanese and Linguistics. In recent years, linguistics and computer-aided language learning have been focal points of research.

Arts graduates have found employment as policy analysts, researchers in foreign affairs and trade, advisers to politicians, research historians with large companies, journalists, international aid programs, publishing, the diplomatic corps, heritage consultancy, legal services, environmental projects, community development, arts administration and academia.