Learn Japanese

Japanese lessons at the UQ St Lucia campus

Brisbane no minasan, konnichi wa! Learn Japanese for everyday situations. We offer Japanese courses that are interactive, communicative and taught by qualified language tutors.

All lessons are held at The University of Queensland St Lucia campus, where you can take advantage of the extensive campus facilities, transport options, and state-of-the-art classrooms.

You don’t need to enrol in a degree to study at IML. Our classes open to the general public, have no pre-requisite or placement tests and are some of the most affordable in Brisbane. Everyone is welcome!

Upcoming IML Japanese courses:

IML Japanese courses commence in January, February, March, April, July and October. 

For other course offerings, please see below.


There are no formal entry requirements. All IML courses are open to the general public. Anyone 16 years old and over is welcome to enrol. Students with no previous experience in face-to-face language study can choose from the courses listed below, depending on their availability and learning objectives. Survival, Short Courses and Level 1A+B courses are all suitable for complete beginners with no previous knowledge of a language.

Survival and Short Courses focus on speaking and listening skills. Beginners interested in learning grammar and script should consider a Level 1 course. Level 1 includes more in-depth study of a language and prepares students for Level 2. For a detailed list of all topics covered in each course, please see course outlines available as PDF documents on our course pages.

Type of course Focus
Survival Conversation
Short Course Conversation
Level 1A+B Speaking, Reading, Listening, Writing

Student with previous knowledge

There is no placement test. To select the most appropriate course, we strongly encourage students to compare course outlines available as PDF documents on course pages. We also recommend to view the textbook and the chapters covered in the course at IML Library.  Other factors to consider include whether the student currently interacts with the language, for example, through friends or family. 

If you are familiar with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), you can also use the below comparison. CEFR ratings can be found on all IML course outlines. During the first three weeks of the course, we will accommodate all transfer requests provided the Level is available and there is a vacancy in the class selected. Transfers can only be arranged within the current teaching year. 

Level 2A+B A1/A2
Level 3A+B A2
Level 4A+B A2/B1
Level 5A+B B1
Level 6A+B B1/B2

IML language classes are some of the most affordable in Brisbane. Enrol by the enrolment due date to take advantage of the early bird fee which is available until midnight of the enrolment due date. All fees are payable in full at time of enrolment. As IML courses are not accredited, they are not eligible for HECS payments. 

Survival courses: $220 for 12 hours of classes (early bird fee only $16.58/hr - $199)

Conversation: $270 for 18 hours of classes (early bird fee only $13.60/hr - $245)

Short Course for Beginners: $380 for 16 hours of classes (early bird fee only $21.56/hr - $345)

Year & Accelerated courses: $599 for 46 hours of classes (early bird fee only only $12/hr - $549)

Semester 1 Only & Semester 2 Only courses: $599 for 45 hours of classes (early bird fee only $12.20/hr - $549)

Summer Intensive: $599 for 42 hours of classes (early bird fee only $13/hr - $549)

IML Japanese courses for Beginners

If you are new to face-to-face Japanese study, you can choose from one of the following options, depending on your availability and learning objectives. Survival and Short Courses focus on speaking and listening skills. The Scripts course aims to have students able to recognise and read the two basic Japanese alphabets - hiragana and katakana. Level 1A+B offers more in-depth study of Japanese, including speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and will prepare you for a Level 2A+B course.

Prospective students

Other IML Japanese Programs

High School Program

For students in the Senior phase of learning (Year 11 and 12) who wish to enrich their knowledge and enhance fluency of expression. Program content is based on themes and topics specified in the Qld Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) Senior Syllabi and in the International Baccalaureate program (IB).

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Japanese for Teachers

For teachers and prospective teachers of Years 11-12 Japanese. Course content is based on the new QCAA Japanese 2019 Senior Syllabus (Kanji, vocabulary, cultural aspects and activities relevant to associated topics, with a focus on Units 2-4). Japanese language use: 90-100% immersion.

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Talk to us

If you have any questions about IML language courses, please contact our friendly Student Services Team.

Email: iml@uq.edu.au

Telephone: (07) 3346 8200

IML Office: 37 Blair Drive, St Lucia 4067 QLD

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