Department Introduced

About Us

Introduction and History

    Among Japanese educational organizations in Taiwan,the Department of Japanese Language and Literature (DJLL) at National Taiwan University (NTU) is the first department which is established in national universities since 1994. The founding professors and teachers originate from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. The establishment of DJLL marks the beginning of a new era on Japanese study and education.

Goals Academic Activities

One of our goals is to develop outstanding human resources capable of professional-level proficiency in Japanese and also with international outlook. We expect students to have independent thinking and good efficiency of expressing themselves, and encourage them to develop a wide spectrum of interests. In the same time, we make further efforts not only to promote studies on Japanese linguistics (language education) and Japanese literature (culture), but also to foster international exchanges.
As to academic activities, we cooperate closely with other Japanese departments at different universities in order to establish national-wide organization and try to work together to hold symposia and conferences on a regular base. Also, although not on a regular base yet, we invite remarkable and well-known Japanese professors to give lectures at NTU, trying to stimulate research interests and provide an interface for sharing research results. Besides, by cooperating with several famous universities in Japan, we provide students opportunities to go overseas to study as exchange students. Thus, they can experience Japanese local customs and its culture personally. We believe this kind of experiences helps students deepen and expand their knowledge of Japanology. Furthermore, in order to cultivate professional human resources capable of Japanese linguistics and literature, the graduate school of DJLL was established in 2003.

Main Policy

With a view to building up a firm foundation for Japanese language proficiency, our class design emphasizes small-group class and tightly packed schedule on language training during freshman and sophomore years. In senior years, our goal is not only to keep strengthening students’ language proficiency, but also to provide courses on various topics, such as Japanese linguistics, literature, translation, Japan history and so on. We hope they can expand a good knowledge and acquire a high academic level of Japanese. NTU also provides Professional Education Courses for Japanese. This is good news for those who are interested in teaching Japanese at junior high or senior high/vocational senior high schools.

Besides, DJLL has a rich and fulfilling international exchange student program. We have signed academic exchange agreements with fifteen well-known universities in Japan. They are Akita International University, Hokkaido University, Kansai University, Keio University, Kyoto University, Kyushu University, Meiji University, Ochanomizu University, University of the Ryukyus, Soka University, Tohoku University, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo Gakugei University, and Waseda University. The number of joint schools is increasing in the future. The enrollment limit of applying exchange student program is around twenty per year.

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Enrollment Limit for Undergraduate:50

Applicants for admission to our undergraduate program should follow the entrance rules abided by all departments in our university.


Only those who have successfully passed the entrance examination with relatively high scores are admitted to our department. Before the 1954-1955 academic years, our university held its own examination. Since the 1954-1995 academic years, applicants have been required to take part in the Joint Entrance Examination of All Universities and Colleges in Taiwan.

Special Admission Quotas for Recommended Students: Since the 1994 academic year, high-schools may recommend qualified candidates for the basic subjects test sponsored by the University Admissions Testing Center. Successful candidates will be referred to individual universities for the special subjects’ examination. Both test scores will be tabulated and a minimum admission standard will be set.

Special Admission Quotas for Students Making an Application to Our School. High school students who meet the qualifications of our school and departments and pass the basic subjects test sponsored by the University Admissions Testing Center can attend the special subjects test given by our school. Test scores of both the basic and special test will be tabulated, a minimum standard set, and admission decided.

Transfer Students

Students who have completed at least one year of study at other colleges or universities, or who have graduated from a junior college may apply for admission. The students should have a certificate of transfer issued by the original college or university. Admission is given through the competitive examination held each July.

Contact information

If you need more information or have any questions about admission to our undergraduate students, please email to our department (


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Book and Teaching

Worth special mentioning is the collection inherited from Taipei Imperial University. Under the guidance of the famous scholar Masatsugu Ando and outstanding cataloguing experts Yasushi Uematsu and Sadaharu Takita, publications crucial to the study of Japanese literature were procured, some of which can't even be found today in Japan itself. These include 4,852 volumes in 562 sets belonging to the Momonoki Collection, 1,269 books in 505 sets belonging to the Nagasawa Collection, 332 books in 331 sets belonging to the Ueda Collection, 8,597 string-bound books in 2,272 sets, over 7,000 modern bound books, and precious Japanese writings on Taiwan aborigines. This collection stands up to comparison against those of the Imperial Universities within Japan itself. Looking forward to the establishment of its graduate program and a unique focus, the Department is putting its efforts to collect overseas Japanese literature. In all, the Department has amassed a total of over 350,000 volumes and over 60 Japanese periodicals.

In terms of facilities, the Department has computers with Japanese OS, Japanese software, TVs, VCRs, and a computer/conference room for student on-line access and seminars. For language teaching, the Department uses the facilities of the Audio-Visual Center of the College of Liberal Arts.

Career Options

1.Our goal is to foster specialists in
 1.Japanese language proficiency
 2.Japanese literature
 3.Japanese culture
 4.Japanese translation and interpretation
 5.Japanese language teaching

2.Possible further plans to study in
 1.Graduate school of Japanese language and literature
 2.Research institute of Japanese studies
 3.Graduate schools of linguistics and translation

3.Career options
 Students will have much potential to be Japanese teachers, diplomatic agents, translators and interpreters, as well as other jobs like working at trading companies, travel agencies, publishers and newspaper companies.