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  • Overview

    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

    • Basic Japanese Language (1) 20 credits
    • Basic Japanese Language (2) 20 credits
    • Personal Tutorials for International Business 10 credits
    • Principles of International Business 20 credits
    • Global Entrepreneurship 10 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Japan in War and Peace 10 credits
    • Japan: A Cultural History from Buddhism to Murakami Haruki 10 credits
    • Foundations of East Asia 20 credits
    • Introduction to East Asian Religions 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad in Japan 120 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Japanese 2A: Written Communication Skills 20 credits
    • Japanese 2B: Spoken Communication Skills 20 credits
    • Research Methods in International Business 20 credits
    • Managing International Business 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Japan's International Relations 20 credits
    • Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan 20 credits
    • Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China 20 credits
    • Global Business History 20 credits
    • The International Economic Environment 10 credits
    • Small Business Internationalisation and Growth 10 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Japanese 3: Advanced Communication Skills 20 credits
    • International Business Dissertation 40 credits
    • International Strategic Management 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • East Asia's Regional Political Economy 20 credits
    • Advanced Japanese in Context: Culture and Identity 20 credits
    • Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read International Business and Japanese BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Leeds University Business School are both home to tutors who are experts and leading researchers in their fields. We use a variety of teaching styles so you can benefit from their expertise including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also a major part of the course, since it gives you the chance to build research and analytical skills.

    Read more about How we teach Japanese Language.


    Different assessment methods are used, including exams and essays. Some modules may also assess you on oral presentations or group work. We’ll provide plenty of support to help you handle this –you’ll be able to attend extra classes on issues like public speaking, structuring an essay and exam technique throughout your time at Leeds.

  • 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.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Grade 6/B in Mathematics and grade 4/C in a foreign language at GCSE are required. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.

    • BTEC

      BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 overall including 16 at Higher Level with 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level and 4 in a foreign language at Standard Level

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or AAAABB in Highers.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 80%

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • 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

    Residence abroad

    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