Learning a foreign language is the start of a global future.

We understand Japan’s world status as an economic and innovation leader has expanded international career opportunities. That’s why Swinburne offers Japanese language study in conjunction with Asian Studies units.

Japanese language study is an opportunity to learn the vernacular while gaining an understanding of the country’s history and culture. We provide language instruction at beginner and advanced levels. You can also undertake an in-country experience through one of Swinburne’s partner universities in Japan. Study tours are another option we provide through work integrated learning.

Dr Kaya Oriyama is a language expert and Swinburne lecturer in Japanese.

Benefits of being bilingual

It's never too late to learn another language. And not just because you can show off your impressive vocabulary.

“Speaking another language can help improve concentration and multi-tasking skills,” Swinburne lecturer in Japanese, Dr Kaya Oriyama, says.

“Being bilingual for a long time also helps protect and delay the onset of dementia by five years on average.”    

Rupa Samanta

Although this language takes a lifetime to master, I think that’s what I love most about it. As someone who loves constantly challenging myself, Japanese is a great way for me to test my limits. I’ve had countless opportunities and experiences that have changed my life thanks to Japanese.


Bachelor of Business: Entrepreneurship and Innovation with a Minor in Japanese; 1st prize winner at the Japanese Speech Contest Victoria 2018

The Swinburne Advantage

We turn knowing into know-how.

We believe an undergraduate education must be about more than knowledge. In today’s competitive job market, it must be about true job readiness.

Work Integrated Learning allows you to gain professional experience as part of your studies at Swinburne. It’s just a matter of choosing the opportunity that suits your future.

Choose from professional degrees, professional placements, professional internships, industry-linked projects, industry study tours and accreditation placements. There are also a range of other opportunities you can create.

You’ll build invaluable skills and confidence in knowing you have what it takes to land a job in your field by graduation.

We think it’s an approach that makes the adventure worth taking. See for yourself.
The Swinburne Advantage. Available to all new undergraduates.

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