Japanese Program


ようこそ! At St. Olaf, you can pursue your interest in Japan and the Japanese language in the following ways:

  • We offer from beginning to advanced (4th year-level) language courses. Students not only develop skills in the language but also gain knowledge of Japan in all of the language courses by using various authentic materials. You may take Japanese language courses to fulfill the College’s foreign language requirement, to major in Asian Studies, and/or complete a concentration in Japan Studies.
  • We offer various Japan-related courses both from Asian Studies as well as from other departments such as art history, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and religion.
  • You can choose three different campuses for study abroad: Waseda University in Tokyo, Nagoya University in Nagoya, and Hokusei Gakuin University in Sapporo. Study abroad can be for a semester or a whole year.
  • You may apply for an Academic Internship during Interim or Summer: The sites our students have interned include an anime studio in Tokyo and an English language school in Obihiro, Hokkaido.
  • You may join the Asian Conversation Program to broaden your understanding of Asia while studying Japanese and travel to Japan for Interim.
  • You can also participate in various extra curricular activities, such as Taiko drumming, martial arts, anime, etc.
  • Some of our graduates have received Fulbright scholarships, been accepted for the JET Program (6 students are starting this fall), and continued learning about Japan in various graduate programs.

Why Study Japanese?

For more information, contact

  • Prof. Karil Kucera, Chair of Asian Studies/Professor of Art History and Asian Studies, at kucera@stolaf.edu
  • Prof. Rika Ito, Professor of Japanese Language, at ito@stolaf.edu