Japanese traditional building and red bridge
Prof Torri and Prof Maeno Hinamatsuri with hina dolls
Mount Fiji and Traditional Japanese building
Student dinner in Language corridor
Japanese traditional silk fans



(Let's study Japanese language and culture at Wellesley!)

Why study Japanese?

  • An increasingly globalized work world needs graduates with fluency in East Asian languages
  • Our excellent and dedicated Japanese faculty
  • Study abroad destinations in Hokkaido, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto
  • Summer internships with financial support
  • At the advanced level, you will be able to speak with fluency, watch Japanese anime and dramas without subtitles, and read manga or fiction in the original
  • You'll become steeped in the culture and visual media of the world's third largest economy!

Students are strongly encouraged to begin their study of Japanese in the first year.