Japanese Studies

Welcome to the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Tübingen

COVID-19: Information for current and prospective students

You are interested in entering a program for Japanese Studies? Welcome on the pages of the Tübingen department of Japanese Studies.

Wie offer the only German-language university program with integrated study in Tübingen and Kyoto, and we are accepting applications now. According to current information, coursework in the winter semester for students entering the bachelor’s program will be carried out in person. Classes will begin on November 2. We would like to greet you as a student and will answer any of your questions. Please be aware of the following information:

  • The department library is offering emergency loans for Japanese Studies students. Further information may be found here (only in German).
  • The deadline for all proseminar and advanced seminar exams for the summer semester 2020 is October 31, 2020.

All further questions should be directed at the secretariat, mornings (9 am to 12 pm) Tel. 07071 2976985 and afternoons (1 to 4 pm) Tel. 07071 2976959.


The Department of Japanese Studies at the Tübingen Institute for Asian and Oriental Studies is one of the largest institutions for the study of Japan in German-speaking countries. The four full-time chaired professors represent the areas of Japanese cultural studies, linguistics, religious studies, and modern Japan.

Founded in 1993, the Tübingen Center for Japanese Studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto is the only program in Japan for German-language Japanese Studies. Students are required to spend one year of their bachelor studies abroad to ensure that all graduates of Tübingen Japanese Studies are equipped with well-rounded language skills.

More than fifteen instructors guarantee that all students are provided with intensive and individualized advising from the first semester until completion of the bachelor or master’s programs.

Programs in Japanese Studies