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Technical Japanese Studies Certificate (UW-Madison)


In addition to the Master of Engineering in Technical Japanese the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a certificate program in technical Japanese. The certificate program provides an alternative for professionals and students needing to develop technical Japanese skills and knowledge but not wishing to formalize their studies with an advanced degree.

All technical Japanese courses offered by the UW-Madison focus on translating and understanding Japanese printed materials and audiovisual materials. These courses stress the technical vocabulary not found in courses that emphasize literature or conversation.

Students learn to read (with the aid of a dictionary) Japanese technical documents and specifications, product manuals, brochures, patents and memos. Strategies for reading and analyzing the flow of ideas are reinforced through regular assignments and daily feedback from an experienced instructor.

The certificate program option helps technical professionals and students gain reading and translation skills in technical Japanese and conversational ability in modern, colloquial Japanese.

We offer several options for receiving these courses at your home or worksite. Please check the course descriptions for the distance delivery options available for a specific course.

Total credits required for completion: In order to receive the certificate a student must complete a minimum of 18 credits in approved courses related to Japanese language and Japanese technological progress.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants should hold a BS degree in engineering or a related field. Applicants whose BS or BA is not in engineering must have a minimum of 16 undergraduate credit hours in science or engineering.
  2. Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours.
  3. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 580.
  4. International applicants also must have a degree comparable to an approved US bachelor's degree.
  5. Applicants are not required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Certificate-Granting Institution

University of Wisconsin Madison

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