Japanese Studies

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

The Department of Japanese Studies at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Tübingen is one of the largest institutions for Japanese studies in the German-speaking world. The focus in research and teaching is on religion, technology / modern Japan and environmental history, and each is represented by its own professorship.

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