The JapaneseStudies program at York University has been steadily growing since its inception in the 1960's as Japan has emerged as one of the major economic powers in the world. The 21st century is called the century of Asia. Having a good command of any Asian language is an enormous asset in professional opportunities.
We offer a comprehensive four-year Japanese language program designed to provide students in various fields with a working knowledge of the language and useful information concerning Japanese people, society, and culture. Learning Japanese with reference to cross-cultural communication is emphasized so that students will be able to adapt to foreign environment without much difficulty.
The communicative approach has been adopted to help students to become creative, independent, and sensitive language learners. Students learn how to make maximal use of their knowledge at their own levels including non-verbal communication skills. The Section has been developing courses in Japanese Studies in anticipation of setting up a degree program in the near future.
Various Japan-related events are scheduled all year around to provide students with opportunities to get hands-on experience. York University has been hosting the Japanese Language Proficiency Test since 1997 as one of the outreach activities for the whole eastern regions of Canada and several neighbouring states in the U.S .
Through the outstanding achievement attained by York students in the Ontario Japanese Speech Contest and National Japanese Speech Contest in the past, the Japanese Program at York University has been considered as one of the top programs in Canada. Students have opportunities to participate in a one-year study in Japan program usually after they finish AP/JP3000.06. We have an exchange agreement with Meiji University, Dokkyo University, Keio University, Waseda University, Nagoya University and Hitotsubashi University.
The Japanese Section has been assisting the Japanese Program at the Faculty of Foriegn Languages (FLEX), University of Havana, Cuba, since 2008, based on the exchange agreement signed between the two universities. This is another outreach project, which involves in faculty training and education.