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Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities

Japanese Studies

Programme Code: AD 106 3416 6338 2305 5315

QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 14/002817/L4
Registration Validity Period:  01/07/2014 to ongoing

Application Code 報名編號 : AD106

Applicants who wish to apply for this theme should submit a separate application.


Programme Aims & Features

The programme features 6 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 Theme and Korean Studies Theme), and, at the same time, select a combination of courses offered by the other themes.

Japanese Studies

This programme 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 analysing Japanese cultural artefacts and social issues.

Opportunities for Further Studies

Some of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of recent years have articulated to*:
The University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese 
BA Chinese History
BA Chinese Language and Literature 
BA English Literature
BA Japanese Studies
BA Korea Studies
BA Philosophy
BA & BEd Language Education - Chinese (Double Degree) 
BA & BEd Language Education - English (Double Degree) 
BA Conservation
BA Education and Chinese
BA Global Creative Indutries
BA Linguistics
BA & BSc (Double Degree)
BA & BSc Social Data Science (Double Degree)
BSc Information Management

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA Anthropology
BA Bimodal Bilingual Studies
BA Chinese Language and Literature
BA Chinese Language Studies & BEd Chinese Language Education (Double Degree)
BA Conservation
BA Cultural Management
BA Cultural Studies
BA English
BA English Studies
BA History
BA Japanese Studies
BA Linguistics
BA Philosophy
BA Religious Studies
BA Translation
BSc Community Health Practice 
BSocSc Gender Studies
BSocSc Global Studies

City University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese
BA Chinese Language
BA Chinese & History
BA Creative Media
BA Digital Television & Broadcasting
BA English
BA English Studies
BA Linguistics & Language Applications
BA Linguistics & Language Technology
BA Media & Communication
BA Translation & Interpretation
BAS New Media
BBA Business Analysis
BBA Finance
BBA Global Business Systems Management
BEng Electrical Engineering
BSc Creative Media
BSocSc Public Policy & Politics 
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) English & Applied Linguistics
BA (Hons) Language & Speech Sciences
BA (Hons) Linguistics & Translation
BBA (Hons) International Shipping & Transport Logistics
BSc (Hons) Nursing
BSc (Hons) Property Management
Broad Discipline of Hotel & Tourism Management
Broad Discipline of Language, Culture & Communication

Hong Kong Baptist University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Humanities
BA (Hons) Chinese Language & Literature
BA (Hons) Creative & Professional Writing
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies and Creative Industries
BA (Hons) English
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature and BEd (Hons) English Language Teaching (Double Degree)
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) History and BEd (Hons) Personal, Social & Humanities Education Teaching (Double Degree)
BA (Hons) Religion, Philosophy & Ethics
BA (Hons) Religious Studies
BA (Hons) Translation
BA (Hons) Music
BA (Hons) Visual Arts
BBA (Hons) Accounting
BBA (Hons) Applied Economics
BComm (Hons)
BSocSc (Hons)
BSocSc (Hons) European Studies - French Stream
BSocSc (Hons) European Studies - German Stream
BSocSc (Hons) Geography

The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Creative Arts &  Culture &  BEd (Hons) Music (co-terminal double degree)
BA (Hons) Creative Arts &  Culture &  BEd (Hons) Visual Arts (co-terminal double degree)
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) - General Studies / Mathematics Major
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) - English Language
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) - History Major
BSocSc (Hons) Global & Environmental Studies
Lingnan University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Chinese
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies
BA (Hons) Global Liberal Arts
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) Translation
BA (Hons) Philosophy
BA (Hons) Visual Studies
BSocSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling Psychology Concentration
BSocSc (Hons) Social Sciences

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

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.  

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

Experiential Learning

  • The Journey of Self-Discovery


Year 2

Bilingual Communication

  • English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Professional Communication Strategies
  • Introduction to Translation
  • Practical Writing for Marketing and Public Relations
  • Reading and Writing in Chinese


Chinese Language, Literature and Culture

  • Classical Chinese Language
  • Introduction to Chinese Literary Criticism
  • Studies of Classical Texts and Culture
  • Studies of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • 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



  • Aesthetics: Art, Beauty, and Contemporary Life
  • 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


Year 1

Choose TWO from the following


  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Chinese Literature
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Modern Chinese Language


Year 2

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


Bilingual Communication

  • Language, Society and Culture
  • Studies of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Introduction to Literature in English

Chinese Language, Literature and Culture

  • Language, Society and Culture
  • Media Publishing Industry and Production
  • Advanced Chinese for Business and Commerce

English Studies

  • Creativity and Creative Industries
  • Aesthetics: Art, Beauty, and Contemporary Life
  • 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.
  • 2020-2021文學副學士(語言及人文學科)
  • 2021 香港大學文學士一年級


  • 2020-2021文學副學士(語言及人文學科)
  • 2021 香港大學文學士一年級


Chan Choi Yi
Chan Choi Yi
  • 2019-2021 Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities (Japanese Studies)
  • 2021 BA Japanese Studies (Year 3), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Offer received: BSocSc (Year 3), The University of Hong Kong
  • Offer received: BA Translation (Year 3), Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Offer received: BA Linguistics and Language Applications (Year 3), City University of Hong Kong

Under the situation of Covid-19, the teaching mode has changed to online mix face-to-face which is a great challenge to both lecturers and students. Lecturers in HKU SPACE CC keep doing their best to help students with any difficulties encountered patiently. I really enjoyed the time I have spent in CC with great lecturers here and friends who also studied very hard. Just feel free to ask them for advice when you need!

Yiu Lai Yam
Yiu Lai Yam
  • 2019-2020 文學副學士(語言及人文學科)
  • 2020 香港中文大學 (翻譯學)
  • 其他取錄︰香港城市大學 (翻譯及語言學)

光陰似箭,昔日徬徨迷惘的心情與現在興奮雀 躍的心情形成強烈的對比。這一年,歷經波 折,但亦能遇到一群志同道合的朋友以及循循 善誘的老師,大家互相勉勵,共同渡過短暫而 忙碌的副學士生活。有時候,繞一條較長的路 未必是壞事,只因它可能會為你帶來意外的收 穫。

Leung Kin Shing Ken
Leung Kin Shing Ken
  • 2019-2020 文學副學士(語言及人文學科)
  • 2020 香港大學(文學學士)

The road to happiness is paved with adversity.

Chan Mei
Chan Mei
  • 2018-2020 Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities (Japanese Studies)
  • 2020 BA Japanese Studies, The University of Hong Kong (Year 3)

HKU SPACE CC provides students with sufficient resources and support. The Japanese Studies programme helps students build up a solid foundation of the Japanese language. Moreover, lecturers at CC are all kind-hearted and willing to solve students’ problems. All in all, this programme definitely would be the best choice for anyone interested in Japan and its culture. For me, it was definitely a memorable 2-year journey.

Cheung Chun Wai
Cheung Chun Wai
  • Bachelor of Arts Linguistics and Language Applications (Year 3), City University of Hong Kong

A dream doesn't become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination and hard work. I am grateful that HKU SPACE Community College gave me a second chance. HKU SPACE Community College provided me a clear path to achieve my dream. Especially the lecturers in College who are always patient, kind and willing to help. I hope you can also persevere and work hard towards your goals.

  • 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。由於課程裡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 received: Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies, The University of Hong Kong
  • Other offer received: 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.

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!

  • 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)


Wong Hiu Ting
  • 2017-2019 文學副學士 (語言及人文學科)(日本文化研究)
  • 2019香港大學文學院三年級 (主修日本文化研究)
  • 2020-2022 倫敦大學東方與非洲研究學院(日本研究碩士)

慶幸在HKU SPACE CC遇上有教學熱誠的老師和志同道合的朋友,一同度過充實又愉快的校園生活。感激校方安排了許多與日本大學的學科交流活動,讓我可以在課餘時間練習日語,更因此認識了很要好的日本朋友。縱然升學之路略有曲折,卻因此令我有更不凡的學習體驗和結識一班懷著相同目標的盟友。你並不孤單,共勉之!