Japan Orientation

2020 Course Dates:  27th June to 11th July

Japan Orientation is an introduction to studying Japan, suitable for undergraduate students and students who have been accepted onto an undergraduate course of study from 2019. The programme introduces key issues in the study of Japan. Knowledge of Japanese language is not


Students learn how to approach the study of Japanese arts, cinema, literature, history, and international relations. They are supported to study a topic of your choice, and guided in accessing relevant materials. They learn how to investigate and discuss key issues in contemporary Japan, in the context of its history.

By the end of the program, students will have a greater understanding of Japan and its history with enhanced study skills, and knowledge of Japanese studies resources. They will gain a network of peers studying Japan from different perspectives around the world, and be a more intercultural learner. Students will be asked to write a short personal essay, and to deliver a group presentation at the end of the programme. 

Throughout this undergraduate-level programme, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the world-renowned Lisa Sainsbury Library for Japanese Arts at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. 

You’ll gain a greater knowledge and passion for Japan’s history and culture, and its future in our global society. You’ll also hear from guest lecturers and take part in workshops and field trips to enhance your class discussions.  

Field trips may include: 

British Museum (London) and Cambridge University Library (Cambridge). 

The Toshiba International Foundation is supporting full bursaries to all successful applicants from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

For more details and how to apply (deadline 31 March): 


Please note that these activities are not assessed and that the course is non-accredited.