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Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities

Japanese Studies

Programme Code: AD 106 Online Application 3416 6338 2305 5315

Application Code 報名編號 : CC 80 - 207

Applicants who wish to apply for this theme should submit a separate application. (Application Code: CC 80 - 207)

The programme features 6 study themes. Upon completion of the first year curriculum, students will specialize in one of the four themes in the second year of their study (except Japanese Studies and Korean Studies themes), and, at the same time, select a combination of courses offered by the other themes.



Programme Aims & Features

Japanese Studies

This theme aims to provide students with a broad-based arts education as well as a strong foundation in Japanese. With the careful design of core courses, students are able to develop an innovative and creative mind in analyzing Japanese cultural artefacts and social issues.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2018 Overall Progression Rate: 82%
Government-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 73%
Many of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of the past three years articulated to*:
The University of Hong Kong
BA & BEd Language Education - Chinese (Double Degree) 
BA & BEd in Language Education - English (Double Degree) 
BSc Information Management

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA Anthropology
BA Chinese Language and Literature
BA Conservation
BA Cultural Management
BA Cultural Studies
BA English
BA History
BA Japanese Studies
BA Linguistics
BA Philosophy
BA Translation
BSSc Gender Studies
BSSc Global Studies

City University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese
BA Chinese & History
BA Digital Television & Broadcasting
BA English Studies
BA Linguistics & Language Applications
BA Linguistics & Language Technology
BA Media & Communication
BA Translation & Interpretation
BBA Global Business Systems Management
BSocSc Asian & International Studies

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) Bilingual Interdisciplinary Chinese Studies
BA (Hons) Chinese & Bilingual Studies
BA (Hons) English Studies for the Professions
BA (Hons) Language & Speech Sciences
BBA (Hons) International Shipping & Transport Logistics
Broad Discipline of Hotel & Tourism Management
Broad Discipline of Language, Culture & Communication

Hong Kong Baptist University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Chinese Language & Literature
BA (Hons) Creative & Professional Writing
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature and BEd (Hon) English Language Teaching (Double Degree)
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) Humanities
BA (Hons) Religious Studies
BA (Hons) Translation
BSSc (Hons)
Bachelor of Communication (Hons)
BSSc (Hons) European Studies - German Stream
BSSc (Hons) Geography

The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Language Studies - Chinese Major
BA (Hons) Language Studies - English Major
BA (Hons) Language Studies & BEd (Hons) English Language (co-terminal double degree)
BA (Hons) Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
BEd (Hons) Chinese History
BEd (Hons) Chinese Language
BEd (Hons) Early Childhood Education
BEd (Hons) (Primary) - Mathematics Major
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) - English Language
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) - History Major
BSSc (Hons) Global & Environmental Studies
Lingnan University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) Philosophy
BA (Hons) Visual Studies


Through-train Pre-enrolment Scheme

Swansea University, The UK
BA in English Language
BA in English Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language
BA in English-Chinese Translation and Interpreting
BA in Media and Communication
BA in International Relations

HKU SPACE International College

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the full-time top-up degree programmes offered locally by HKU SPACE International College in collaboration with the following universities:

University of the Arts London

Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

The University of Western Australia, Australia


Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in the civil service and other public institutions and services, and the private sector. You will find openings in fields such as journalism, translation, media, education, public relations and copywriting.


*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.  Excluding Japanese Studies and Korean Studies themes.

Generic Skills
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Advanced Chinese Language
  • Quantitative Analysis I 
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • English for Arts and Humanities

Experiential Learning

  • Discovering and Expressing the Narrated Self


Year 2

Bilingual Studies

  • English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Professional Communication Strategies
  • Modern Chinese Language
  • Advanced Putonghua
  • Reading and Writing in Chinese


Chinese Language, Literature and Culture

  • Classical Chinese Language
  • Grammar and Rhetoric in Modern Chinese Language
  • Introduction to Chinese Literary Criticism
  • Studies of Classical Texts
  • Reading and Writing in Chinese


English Studies

  • Introduction to Literature in English
  • English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • Literary Linguistics
  • Professional Communication Strategies



  • Introduction to Aesthetics
  • Introduction to Comparative Literature
  • From A Barren Rock to Asia’s World City: A history of Modern Hong Kong
  • Civilisations, Ideologies and Politics: The Making of Modern Europe since 1850s
  • Selected Topics in Philosophy


Japanese Studies

  • Japanese I
  • Japanese II
  • Contemporary Japanese Society
  • Introduction to Japanese Studies (Year 1 course)
  • Understanding Popular Culture in Japan (Year 1 course)


Korean Studies

  • Korean I
  • Korean II
  • Contemporary Korean Society
  • Introduction to Korean (Year 1 course)
  • Understanding Korean Culture (Year 1 course)


Specialism Electives

Students of a particular theme (except Japanese Studies Theme and Korean Studies Theme) can choose ONE out of three options listed below.


Bilingual Studies

  • Classical Chinese Language
  • Studies of Classical Texts
  • Introduction to Literature in English

Chinese Language, Literature and Culture

  • Advanced Putonghua
  • Media Publishing Industry and Production
  • Advanced Chinese for Business and Commerce

English Studies

  • Creativity and Creative Industries
  • News Writing and Translation
  • Questioning Cultural Identity


  • Questioning Cultural Identity
  • Gender and Society
  • Introduction to Literature in English

Core Curriculum Courses

  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • Choose THREE courses from the Core Curriculum
The Specialism Electives courses do not apply to Japanese Studies Theme and Korean Studies Theme.
Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available.
  • 2015-17 文學副學士 (語言及人文學科)(日本文化研究)
  • 2017 香港大學文學院 (主修日本文化研究,副修韓國文化研究)


Li Wing Sze
Li Wing Sze
  • 2015-17 Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities - Japanese Studies
  • 2017 Faculty of Arts - Japanese Studies [Language Stream], The University of Hong Kong

After entering HKU, I still cherish my memories at HKU SPACE CC where I had friendly teachers, fellow classmates and 'battle companions' who had the same goals. Although the coursework was tough, I was able to get through it and achieve my final goal: entering HKU. Enjoy your life at Community College!

  • 2013-15 文學副學士(語言及人文學科)(日本研究)
  • 香港中文大學社會科學學士(性別研究)三年級
  • 其他取錄:香港城市大學文學士(文化與文化產業管理)

我是Danny,現就讀香港中文大學的性別研究課程,曾於2013年至15年間就讀港大附屬學院的文學副學士(語言及人文學科)課程,主修日本語及日本文化。修讀日本語及日本文化不但能夠讓我學到日本流行文化、日本商業等知識,課程亦會著重於日本語的學習,令學生修讀完成後可以達到JLPT N3的水平。由於課程裏所教授的日本語均是由零開始,同學一開始不需要任何日本語的基礎,因此十分適合任何有對日本文化或日語有興趣的同學。

Ng Wing To, Richard
Ng Wing To, Richard
  • 2012-14 Associate of Arts (Languages and Humanities) in Japanese Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies (and minoring in Contemporary China Studies) (Year 3), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Other offer: Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies, The University of Hong Kong
  • Other offer: Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong

Studying at the Community College was originally an inconvenient experience, due to the long-lasting misunderstandings of the public. Yet, for me, the education provided by the AA Japanese Studies programme at HKU SPACE CC was as good as that by most, if not all undergraduate programmes. Japanese Studies programme at HKU SPACE CC provided me with not only intensive Japanese language training, which made me well-prepared for the one-year exchange programme at The University of Tokyo during my undergraduate studies, but also courses that helped me build up a strong theoretical foundation to deal with the rigorous academic courses at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Although I have shifted my focus on Japanese Studies to Sinophone Studies and critical theories after entering the university, the classes I attended at HKU SPACE CC did enable me to ponder on my studies in one more dimension. I owe an arigato gozaimasu (thank you in Japanese) to my Japanese teachers, and all the instructors who enlightened me when I was still struggling with a university degree. I cannot say they are better than those at the university, but they are good enough to help you start your academic journey.