Language Requirements for the MSc and MPhil in Japanese Studies

Japanese Language Requirement:

We do not teach beginners Japanese and require students to already have language proficiency equivalent to the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Proficiency Level N4.

If you do not already have a pass at N4 or above we strongly recommend that you arrange to take the JLPT test in the December prior to your application.  Addresses of test centres world-wide can be found on the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test website.  Please submitted a copy of your test certificate with your application, failure to do so may result in a delay with your application.

Once you have been made an offer on the course you may be asked to take an on-line test so that we can assess your level.  If you have no certificate of your language proficiency we may make the offer of a place on the programme conditional on you having an acceptable score equivalent to JLPT Level N4.  The results will be held in the strictest of confidence by our Japanese Language Co-ordinator.

What is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test?

The JLPT is an internationally recognised qualification for non-native speakers, sponsored by the Japan Foundation and the Japan Educational Exchange and Services.  In the UK the test is administered by the SOAS Language Centre, University of London (and separately at the University of Edinburgh) on behalf of the Japan Foundation.

JLPT Levels

In 2010 the old 4-level JLPT changed into a new 5-level JLPT: N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5.  A middle level (N3) has been added to bridge the gap between the former Level 3 and Level 2.

For details of this change see on the official website of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test, administered by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services.

JLPT 2018

The next est date in the UK is Sunday the 2nd, Decenber 2018.  The Japanese Language Proficiency Tests are held at SOAS, University of London.

English Language Requirement (for those whose first language is not English):

English is the language of instruction for all programmes offered at Oxford and all examination papers are written in English.

If your first language is not English, you must supply suitable evidence that you have reached the relevant higher level before any offer of a place can be confirmed. The University recognises only certain English tests. The standard and higher level requirements are given in full, along with details of recognised English tests, in the Guidance for international students