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Why study Japanese?

About the program

The Augustana Japanese Program offers three levels of language instruction taught by a native Japanese speaker specializing in language pedagogy. The program focuses on the basic and most important skills needed to communicate in Japanese.

Dr. Mari Nagase and Augustana students participating in the Language and Cultural Enhancement Program on the steps of the Todaiji Temple in Nara, Japan. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Classes are full of opportunities for students to listen to and speak Japanese. All types of instructional technology are utilized to accelerate students' learning: a language lab, computer programs, word processing, as well as audio and video tapes. The program is designed to provide students with the language skills they need to become more confident in speaking Japanese.

Students in the Japanese Program may take advantage of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. Participants may work in Japan in local government or public or private schools on the junior high and high school levels as assistant language teachers.

Augustana's Asian Student Organization brings together students for activities such as Asian Night and foreign language conversation tables at the college's Pagoda House.

Kobe Exchange Program

Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, located in Kobe, Japan, is a school of similar size to Augustana offering a varied program of study to students from across the globe.  As part of an exchange agreement with KCUFSA, Augustana students may enroll in a Spring Trimester equivalent program (April-July in Kobe).  On this program students can participate in an intensive Japanese language immersion program. Students on this program will replace our Spring Term with a Spring Semester in Kobe, taking 9 credits in Japanese. 

For more information, email or call Dr. Mari Nagase, (309) 794-7675.