Japan is one of the world’s top economies and one of America’s most important trading partners, home to exciting new technologies and rich classical and pop cultures.

The Japanese program at UW-Madison is considered to be one of the best programs in the United States and is well known for its quality and effectiveness. We offer students a range of courses and activities that impart an understanding of the culture and civilization of Japan. Program faculty provide expertise in a wide range of fields, including Japanese language pedagogy, Japanese linguistics, classical Japanese language, and Japanese literature and visual culture from their beginnings in the eighth century down to the present day in a transnational context. Students in Japanese courses at UW-Madison receive outstanding instruction from faculty at all levels, and they receive close personal attention that is rare at a large university.

Majors & Certificates 

Japanese Major, Asian Studies Major, Certificate in East Asian Studies, Certificate in Japanese Professional Communication, Certificate in Japanese Studies for Engineering Majors; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.


Rachel Weiss, rweiss@wisc.edu

Japanese Conversation Table

Fridays at 4:40-5:40 pm
Room 201, Van Hise Hall
Contact: Yoshi Hara, yhara2@wisc.edu

Only for intermediate or higher level students


Live in Nihongo Hausu, the Japanese House in the International Learning Community

Study Abroad 

You can study Japanese in Japan. Contact International Academic Programs for more information. Additional opportunities are available through the College of Engineering and the Wisconsin School of Business.

Student Organizations

Japanese Student Association; browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


Consider an internship where you can use Japanese, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.

Summer Study Options

Japanese is frequently offered during the summer. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for detailed course information.

Non-credit Classes

Affordable non-credit language classes offered on campus in the evenings, on the weekends and in the summer. Learn more

Online Learning

Nihongo eto: Portal for Learning Japanese