Associate of Arts in Japanese Studies

Associate of Arts in Japanese Studies provides students not only with a well-balanced and broad-based curriculum on Japanese culture and society to broaden their understanding of current Japan, but also a strong emphasis on Japanese language communication skills training to help students acquire essential competence in spoken and written Japanese for academic and employment-related purposes. Students are given opportunities to participate in Japan Summer Study Tour, Summer Internship and various types of Japanese language learning activities. Graduates are prepared for further studies in local institutions or in Japan, and employment in any field where Japanese language proficiency and communication competence are required.



Arts and Humanities 






Kowloon City/Telford




2 years



63 CPS



Associate Degree 




Admission, entry requirements, fees and key dates

Applications can be submitted by the following methods:

  1. E-APP (for current year HKDSE only) 
  2. Online Application (for applicants with other qualifications)
  3. By Post / In Person (Application Form)

Click here for more information on admissions procedures.

Programme Specific Entry Requirements

  • No programme specific entrance requirements.

General entry requirements


Application Fee

$150, waived for this year

Tuition Fee

Associate Degree Programmes

HK$1,800 per credit x
63 Credits required for Programme Completion
= HK$113,400

Associate of Social Science in Social Work

HK$2,600 per credit x 38 social work courses credit +
HK$1,800 per credit x 21 general Education credit +
HK$2,500 per credit x 15 fieldwork placement credit
= HK$174,100

Other Fees

A Graduation Fee of $400 will be charged upon enrolment in a programme.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in self-financing Bachelor/Associate Degree /Higher Diploma programmes are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the following sources:

  • Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (FASP)

Provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

Enquiries:       2152 9000

  • Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree.

Enquiries:        2150 6222

  •  Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Some of the AD programmes or course(s) in the AD programmes are included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.

The CEF subsidizes students over 18 years of age with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Eligible applicants enrolling on courses after 1 April 2019 will be reimbursed 80% of their fees on the first $10,000 and 60% on the second $10,000, subject to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable programme/course(s).

Enquiries:        3142 2277

Semester A - 2020/2021

EventStart DateEnd Date
E-APP applications close (main round)   15 May 2020
E-APP applications close (second round)   30 June 2020
Orientation   28 August 2020
Teaching period

31 August 2020

28 November 2020

Add/Drop date without financial penalty   13 September 2020
Add/Drop date 50% tuition fee payable   10 October 2020
Student revision period

30 November 2020

5 December 2020

Examination period

7 December 2020

19 December 2020

Semester B - 2020/2021

EventState DateEnd Date
Teaching period

11 January 2021

23 April 2021

Add/Drop date without financial penalty   24 January 2021
Add/Drop date 50% tuition fee payable   27 February 2021
Student revision period

26 April 2021

1 May 2021

Examination period

3 May 2021 

15 May 2021

Summer Semester - 2020/2021

EventStart DateEnd Date
Teaching period

7 June 2021

24 July 2021

Student revision period

26 July 2021

31 July 2021

Examination period

2 August 2021

7 August 2021



Programme structure and outcomes

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this programme will be able to:

1. Demonstrate Japanese language skills at an appropriate level (Japanese Language Proficiency Examination N3 Level) for academic and employment-related purposes
2. Articulate an understanding of Japanese culture and society
3. Explain Japan’s socio-political, cultural ties with other East Asian countries
4. Identify and explore critically problems, gather relevant information, carry out and present basic research under guidance, and propose solutions to address problems responsibly both individually and as part of a team
5.  Relate the major ideas in arts and humanities, science and technology to their own area of study


  • Oral Communication in Japanese
  • Written Communication in Japanese
  • Japanese for Professional Communication
  • Sino-Japanese Relations
  • Youth Culture in East Asia
  • The Japanese Mind
  • Understanding Japanese Society Though the Media
  • Translation Across Cultures

To qualify for this award, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 63 credit points by satisfactory completion of the following core courses.

Course CodeCourse Name  
Programme Core
LAC14804 Sino-Japanese Relations
LAC24804 The Japanese Mind
LAC24805 Understanding Japanese Society Through the Media
LAC24807 Translation Across Cultures
LAC24808 Youth Culture in East Asia
LAC24806 Project
LAC14800 Oral Communication in Japanese I
LAC14801 Oral Communication in Japanese II
LAC14802 Written Communication in Japanese I
LAC14803 Written Communication in Japanese II
LAC24800 Oral Communication in Japanese III
LAC24801 Written Communication in Japanese III
LAC24802 Written Communication in Japanese IV
LAC24803 Japanese for Professional Communication
Language Skills
LAC13706 Advanced English Reading and Writing
LAC13708 Advanced English Listening and Speaking
CGE1200 Practical Chinese
General Education
CGE 26513 Chinese Culture and Contemporary Life
CGE 13213 Information Technology: Applications and Impacts

An additional 2 General Education courses to be chosen as electives. 

Students are required to select one elective from the Society and Organisation domain, and at least one of the courses chosen must be level A2.

General Education courses must be selected across all three pf the following domains:


  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Office administration
  • Public relations
  • Translation and interpretation.

Any enquiry relating to the AAJS programme should be directed to the Programme Leader, Dr Hitoshi Murakami.

Contact us

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Telephone: (852) 2707 3113
Fax: (852) 2707 3114

Address: 1/F, Le Billionnaire, 46 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]

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