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The Japanese program equips students with the latest skill sets for professional careers in translation, interpretation, and localization management.

Our small classroom environment (faculty-student ratio is typically 1:12) includes an optimal balance of native English and Japanese speakers, which fosters peer linguistic feedback and a more dynamic academic atmosphere. Courses cover a variety of topics including economics, politics, technology, patent, health and medicine, and business. The program also has a consecutive interpreting practicum to enhance consecutive interpreting skills in real-life settings. We often host guest speakers and career-oriented workshops.


The program connects students with internships and jobs at high-profile companies such as Apple, World Bank, and the FBI. During summer and winter breaks, students take advantage of available internships at organizations such as Honda, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and Kyodo News.


Our graduates are successfully employed by prominent companies and organizations, including Honda, Google, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, the IMF, Bloomberg, U.S. Department of State, and SMBC Nikko Securities; and at academic institutions such as Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Rikkyo University. We have a strong alumni professional network.

Launching Your Career

The demand (and earning potential) for professionals with Japanese language skills is significant. Top companies such as Honda, Netflix, Salesforce, Nintendo, and AFLAC are desperately seeking professionals trained in Japanese translation, interpretation, and localization management. Winnie Heh, Career Advisor, and Professor Tanya Williams of the Japanese Translation, Interpretation, and Localization Management programs discuss this growing career field that can lead to high-earning and fulfilling career opportunities for individuals with the right language skills and training. Watch the recording of this online discussion.

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