At Keele we offer 6 levels of Japanese, from absolute beginner to intermediate, available to all Keele students and staff.

From the tea ceremony and Zen to Naruto and ramen, Japanese language is the key to a whole new world of experience.  Be ready for the Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics, visit temples and Ghibli museum or join Keele Japanese sempai who live and work in Japan where more and more overseas graduates are recruited.

See the module catalogue for the descriptions of:

Semester 1
Semester 2

Japanese 1

Japanese 2

Japanese 3

Japanese 4

Japanese 5

Japanese 6

Which level do I choose?

There are 6 levels (stages 1-6). The qualifications table will show you the most appropriate module for your level of language competence. Where GCSE qualifications are given, we assume these were taken 2-5 years ago.

Keele Students

If you choose a Modern Language module as a free-standing elective within your undergraduate degree programme there is no additional cost.

If your principal programme does not allow you to take any free-standing elective modules you can still enrol on one language module per semester free of charge.  Equally, if you can only choose one free-standing elective per year you can take a second module in the same language without additional charges.


Students who have sufficient free-elective space but would like to take one or more Modern Language modules in addition to their degree have to pay a module fee of £250 for the first module and £199 for a second module in the same language in the same year.

We are pleased to offer our PGT and PGR students a number of free places on our language modules (subject to availability). For details please e-mail languages@keele.ac.uk.

Please contact the Language Centre office (languages@keele.ac.uk) who will be happy to advise on any of the above.

Keele Staff

As part of Keele's international strategy, the Language Centre offers free places on credit-bearing language modules to staff.


Times for classes are dependent on the Keele undergraduate timetable and will be available from the beginning of the academic year.

Students who have completed a Japanese module may apply to study for 3 weeks at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies or Tokyo Metropolitan University in July, allowing the chance to get first-hand experience of language and culture during the vacation period - see Summer Schools for more information.

What our students say

Here's what some of our previous students had to say about our Japanese Modern Language modules:

"Very informative sessions that pinpointed my weaknesses which helped me quickly improve with any difficulty. Overall excellent teaching!"

"The lecturer is very supportive and fun. I would recommend this module to anyone."

"I feel that I have gone from zero Japanese language proficiency to a level that I am actually confident enough to self-travel in Japan. This is how efficient the teaching is and it is my favourite subject in Keele."