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International Business and Japanese, BA

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
BAFull-time4 yearsSeptemberGBP 9250 per yearGBP 17500 per year

About International Business and Japanese, BA - at University of Leeds

Japan is one of the world's largest economies and a major player on the international stage. This exciting degree will give you the chance to gain an understanding of issues in international business management while learning Japanese from scratch.

Core modules will develop your skills in Japanese from beginners' level - the course is for non-native speakers of Japanese only, though if you have some prior knowledge of the language (post-GCSE/A-level or equivalent to JLPT N4) we can accommodate your needs. You'll also study a broad base of modules in international business management, exploring the challenge of running successful and profitable foreign operations.

In addition, you'll choose from a wide range of optional modules to explore Japanese politics, history and culture, as well as topics from across East Asia. You'll even spend a year at a Japanese university to gain first-hand experience of life in this fascinating country and gain skills that are attractive to employers.

Language students at Leeds have access to a wide range of facilities. They include our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

We also have our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.


Our International Business degrees are accredited by the Institute of Export which allows you to acquire an exporting qualification after your studies and strengthens your job prospects in international trade.

  • Course content

    A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    This course is for non-native speakers of Japanese only. In your first year, you'll develop your knowledge of Japanese through intensive language classes, while core modules will introduce you to the key concepts and issues in international business. You'll also choose from optional modules on Japanese, history, politics and culture - and you'll bring your two subjects together with one of our Cornerstone modules.

    This foundation will prepare you for your second year, which you'll spend at a Japanese university developing your confidence in Japanese language and immersing yourself in the local culture. When you return, you'll have a new perspective and insight to apply to your studies.

    Over the next two years, you'll take further language classes to refine your written and spoken Japanese, while covering international business topics such as the global economy and strategic management. You'll also choose from a wider range of options covering topics such as Japanese politics, history, literature, cinema and aspects of life across East Asia. You'll apply the skills you've developed to an international business topic of your choice when you complete an independently researched dissertation.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: AAB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

      GCSE: 6/B in Mathematics and 4/C in a foreign language.

      • Career opportunities

        A Joint Honours degree in International Business and Japanese will give you a dynamic range of skills.

        You'll be fluent in a major world language and have a thorough understanding of international business management, which will both open doors to careers within the UK and further afield.

        But you'll also have transferable skills such as communication and presentation, research, teamwork, and analytical thinking. Spending time abroad will demonstrate your adaptability and independence, while managing two different subjects will equip you with organisational skills.

        Graduates have pursued careers in fields as varied as management, business and finance, marketing, the civil service, journalism and education. Others have gone on to postgraduate study or specialised training in language-based roles such as translating or interpreting.

        Careers support

        We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

        Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

        The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

      • Study abroad and work placements

        After your first year, you'll get the chance to spend a year studying at one of our partner universities in Japan spread across Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Fukuoka.

        It offers you invaluable experience of Japanese life and culture, and the intensive language classes you'll undertake will help you develop your language skills. You'll also get the chance to study a variety of subjects such as history and politics, but the curriculum varies between universities. Of course, there will also be plenty of time for you to travel and explore everything that Japan has to offer.

        Read more about Residence abroad in East Asian Studies

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