Many courses are offered monthly for roughly 6-12 week durations.
The two top most recommended sites in my searches were the Alpha
Japanese Institute (a Japan-based language school with a branch in the
UK), and the University of London's part-time course offerings.
Alpha Japanese Institute
(location: Covent Garden, and various locations in Japan)
Covent Garden School
3-5 Neal Street
WC2H 9QL London
tel: +44 (0) 20 72408761
The Institute maintains two programs of study: Japanese Language
training for both corporate and academic clients and training of
Japanese language teachers. We are pleased to say that our efforts are
held in very high regard by diplomats, educators and businessman in
They offer 4-12 week courses, from "1st Month course" (intro level) to
Business Japanese. You can call for a free trial lesson.
Here is an example schedule showing the flexibility of the course:
Beginner Japanese, 8 week term, Mon, Wed, and Fri. Choose the classes
at 10-00-12:00, 13:30-15:00, or 19:00-20:30.
University of London-School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
(location: Russell Square/British Museum)
The Courses Secretary, SOAS Language Centre
School of Oriental and African Studies
Russell Square, LONDON WC1H OXG
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4888
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7898 4889
Diploma and Certificate courses in Modern Japanese are taught in the
Language Centre (e.g. Diploma in Japanese for International Business).
The school provide beginners, intermediate and advanced evening and
daytime courses in groups of 12 students or fewer that last ten to
twelve weeks (the next one starts now, beginning of May). They also
offer intensive summer courses in July and August. Alternatively, they
arrange individually tailored courses and in-company instruction.
The SOAS is sponsoring the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
which officially certifies language proficiency.
OTHER LANGUAGE PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
The Nihongo Centre London
They offer various courses in locations around London (e.g. Berlitz on
Grosvenor St., community colleges). The site provides a rich source of
information on learning about Japan and Japanese, including the
proficiency exam outline and requirements.
The Japan Foundation Nihongo Centre
London SW1X 7LY
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7838 9955
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7838 9966
the Cactus Language lists Japanese courses at the London Piccadilly
(location: Green Park/Piccadilly Circus)
Survival Evening Course (1 lesson per week): Mondays or Wednesdays,
6.30-8.30pm for 6 or 12 week terms.
Survival Evening Course (2 lessons per week): Tuesdays and Thursdays,
6.30-8.30pm for 6 or 12 week terms.
Longterm Evening Course (1 lesson per week): Tuesdays or Thursdays,
6.30-8.30pm for 11 week terms.
the Association for Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT), who puts out
the popular "Japanese for Busy People" book and cassette tape language
learning series, offers courses.
AJALT dispatches instructors to various Japanese language teaching
institutions located throughout Japan as well as abroad. Overseas
assignments are usualy financed by the Japan Foundation, or in certain
cases, by direct agreement. Most requests to supply instructors in
Japan are from colleges and universities.
Languages for Business Communication offers weekly classes, 1-2 Week
Intensive language courses, and Weekend courses
227 LINCOLN Avenue, Twickenham- TW2 6NL
Tel : +44 (0)20 8893 3988
The (JICC) Japan Information and Cultural Centre of the Embassy of
Japan (in the UK) provides more contacts and learning support,
including videos, books, and scholarships for learning Japanese.
Japan Information and Cultural Centre (JICC)
Embassy of Japan
London W1J 7JT
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7465 6500
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7491 9347
Opening hours 9.30am - 1.00pm and 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Enquiry section closes at 5:00pm
You may want to look into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET)
The program, established in 1987, encourages overseas (non-Japanese)
students to participate in international exchange and foreign language
education in Japan. Conducted by local governments, the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Home
Affairs and the Council of Local Authorities for International
Relations (CLAIR). Scholarships are available. Often, you would teach
English in Japan in exchange for learning Japanese. Additional
information is available on the Council for International Exchange's
You can also try searching Google with the terms
recommend OR recommended
Clarification of Answer by
01 May 2002 13:25 PDT
The JLPT proficiency test is a better language qualification than a
Bachelors in Japanese since it is standardized internationally. The
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is an internationally
recognised qualification sponsored by the Japan Foundation.
The courses offered by the different programs would bring you through
introduction to advanced level proficiency. Is your language
capability more important to you or the type of degree/certification?
If you really must have a bachelors degree in Japanese, the part-time
options in London only offer Japanese as a component of another
bachelors degree, say linguistics and Japanese or international
business and Japanese. The Japanese language learning you would get in
this case may be equivalent to that obtained from a diploma or
certificate in Japanese (as identified previously). Full-time
Japanese-only programs are immersive, often involving some time in
Your other option, if you already have a Bachelors degree of some
sort, is to consider a part-time Masters (MA) in Japanese. That will,
in any case, require some background in Japanese.
Some part time BA degrees where Japanese is a component:
japanese language as part of a bachelors degree (say, economics and
Japanese, international studies and Japanese, etc.)
53-57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1LQ
Goldsmiths College, University of London
Professional and Community Education (PACE)
PACE offers a wide range of part-time language courses, including
[...] Japanese. There is also a programme of pre- and in-service
training courses for language teachers, translators and interpreters.
Please see the PACE Prospectus for full details
or phone 0800 0920 659 for a copy.
(Japanese courses listed on prospectus: Japanese Language, Life and
Culture 1 & 2 (30 weeks each)
University of Westminster postgraduate modules
Modules on offer are French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese (all
from beginners to advanced level), Teaching Foreign Languages, and
Cross Cultural Communication. In addition Polylang offers English for
Academic Purposes modules for students whose mother tongue is not
English. All modules are assessed by coursework and examination. As
Polylang is at undergraduate level these modules are studied as an
extra element rather than within a postgraduate programme.
For registration details telephone +44 (0)20 7911 5000 x 2062 or see
the Polylang website
Room 405, 9-18 Euston Centre
London NW1 3ET