Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Silliman 204
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-6211
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Study abroad in Japan An exchange program with the Kansai-Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan offers intensive courses in written and spoken Japanese.
Students model kimonos in the Nott Memorial. Students model kimonos in the Nott Memorial.


The Union College minor in Japanese, offered through the department of modern languages and literatures, gives students a solid foundation in Japanese language and culture with classes in basic, intermediate and advanced Japanese.

In addition, Union offers a fall term abroad in Osaka through an exchange program with Kansai-Gaidai University. Students take intensive courses in written and spoken Japanese and have additional opportunities to improve language skills by staying with a host family.

Because there are so many ways to make connections across disciplines at Union, you might be inspired to study Japanese culture and music in a Japanese drumming workshop offered through the department of music, or take a visual arts class in Edo prints and printmaking.

As a student of Japanese, you can become involved in a number of academic, arts, cultural and social events on campus, including art exhibits, Japanese Language Table, culinary activities and films.

Proficiency in Japanese opens up extensive career opportunities. Students of Japanese are well-suited for careers that require exposure to global issues in the arts, diplomacy, domestic and international business, education, engineering, government service, journalism, law, politics and technology.