Language Requirements for the MSc and MPhil in Japanese Studies

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 or above.

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 submit a copy of your test certificate with your application, as failure to do so may result in a delay with your application.

If you have no certificate of your language proficiency, and are unable to take the test in time because of Covid-19 circumstances, you will be asked to take an on-line test, and have an interview in Japanese, so that we can assess your level.  The offer of a place on the programme will be conditional on you having an acceptable language competence equivalent to JLPT Level N4 or above.  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 in London

JLPT in London July and December 2020 has been cancelled.

After carefully observing the situation concerning COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel JLPT in London July, and also December.  It is very unfortunate but the safety of all candidates and staff is our priority.  JLPT is due to run again in July 2021.

Cancellation of the test in 2020 (July) of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).


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.