CLS Japanese 日本語

The Japanese Language

Japan has been known for decades as one of the world's cultural, technological, and economic hubs and has long drawn students fascinated with the country's combination of millennia old traditions and stunning modern prowess across countless different fields. Learning Japanese offers not only the opportunity to experience firsthand the beautiful culture and people of this island nation, but to build a career around its long-standing social and economic importance worldwide.

The Japanese language will give you a competitive edge among Americans seeking to engage in East Asia's booming global market. Furthermore, Japanese language proficiency and cultural knowledge will give you the ability to form successful cross-cultural partnerships with Japanese people and in fields of study as diverse as architecture, politics, medicine, and literature.

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Featured Alumni Profiles

Tristan Hilderbrand
Japanese 2017
Hikone, Japan
Michael Mauer
Japanese 2016
Hikone, Japan
Dana Fager
Japanese 2011
Kyoto, Japan
Joshua Trinidad
Japanese 2012
Kyoto, Japan

Japanese Stories

CLS 2017 Application Launches!

We are pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the U.S. Department of State 2017 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in fourteen critical foreign languages. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State... Read more

Learn More About CLS from Japanese Alumni!

Learn more about the CLS Program in Japan from CLS 2010 Japanese alumna Loretta Scott and others! Loretta runs KemushiChan, producing Japanese language-learning materials for public on her YouTube channel and as a consultant for private... Read more

Announcing the 2016 CLS Application!

We are pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the U.S. Department of State 2016 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in fourteen critical foreign languages. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau ... Read more