The effectiveness of short term in-country study/work programs
The University of Wollongong introduced a Japanese Language major in 1991. This course in Japanese language is an innovative and a unique course in Australia in that there is an intensive beginners program including 12 hours a week offace to face classes in session 1 and 2 followed by an intensive 7 week program summer session in year 1. Between years 2 and 3 there is a compulsory in-country study program during the summer session in Japan for a period of 5-6 weeks. The aim is that by the end of year 3 of the Japanese studies course, students will be able to communicate fluently in Japanese and will understand the Japanese culture and way of life. This full program is available for students enrolling in BA or BA/BCom degrees.