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Classroom learning
meiji shrine UVM Japan
A campus near a lake
Looking up at the tower of Ira Allen chapel
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The Japanese Program at UVM offers courses in Japanese language, literature, pop culture and a variety of courses such as history, religion, and art through the Asian Studies Program. Language courses range from elementary to advanced levels, using the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Employers in business, education, government, finance and many other fields are looking for people who can speak Japanese and operate successfully in a Japanese cultural context. As one of the top 10 languages spoken in the world, facility in Japanese opens doors to a wide variety of career opportunities including business, education, government and finance.

Major requirements

Beyond the classroom

Japanese flower arrangingStudents of senior lecturer Kazuko Suzuki Carlson participating in an Ikebana (Japanese style of flower arrangement) workshop, presented by Toshi Saitoh. Events like this are often brought to campus by the Japan America Society of Vermont, based in nearby Colchester. Students in UVM's Japanese program enjoy many other on campus activities like community meals, a Japanese book club, calligraphy classes, and get-togthers celebrating traditional Japanese holidays and festivals. 

4 Year Plan for Career Success


  • International Business
  • Teaching Japanese in U.S.
  • Teaching English in Japan
  • Interpreter/Translator

Where alumni work

  • AEON
  • Akita Inu Tourism
  • Burton Corporation
  • Chikyuu no Arukikata T & E Inc.
  • Harvard Extension School
  • HedgeFund Intelligence
  • Interac
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • NEXCO West USA
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Consulate General of Japan
  • Rincon Law Group, PC
  • Vantage Japan
  • The Yonso Project

Graduate Schools

  • Akita University
  • Columbia
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • St. Michael’s College
  • Savannah Law School
  • School for International Training
  • Tokyo University of the Arts
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Saint Andrews
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Vermont

Related Information


The Japanese minor consists of 15 credit hours of Japanese language, with at least nine of those hours at or above the 100 level, including 102 or its equivalent. Three credit hours at or above the 100 level in Japanese linguistics or literature may be substituted for three credits of language study beyond 102 or its equivalent.

View the UVM catalog requirements for the Japanese minor.