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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

Welcome to Japanese Studies!

Abteilung Japanologie

Japanese Studies is the scholarly engagement with Japan from its historical beginnings through to the present day. Its basis is the analysis and methodologically reflective interpretation of original-language sources. Japanese Studies in Zurich has Chairs in both Japanese Philology and the Social Science of Japan. At the BA level, they provide a broad-ranging, basic training in the content, method and languages of the discipline. In the research-oriented degree programs at the MA and doctoral levels, knowledge and methodological tools relevant to the chosen specialization and the research interests of both professors are extended: on the one hand, topics of intellectual, literary and religious history are the focus; on the other, contemporary questions facing Japanese society, such as immigration or social inequality stand at the center.

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Japanese Studies at the University of Zurich

In our new brochure you will find information about the main foci of the Japanese Studies in Zurich, about the range of courses, mobility programs, perspectives etc.


University of Zurich
Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Department of Japanese Studies
Zürichbergstrasse 4
CH-8032 Zurich

Administrative Office

Phone: 044 634 31 81
Opening Hours:
Mon/Tue 13:00–15:30, Thu/Fri 9:30–12:00

Administrative Office's Webpage

Student Advisory

For questions concerning Japanese Studies please go to General Student Advisory Japanese Studies.


For technical questions concerning your degree path, the current course offering, module booking, cancellation, module evaluation, and overview of assessment, please consult the Student Administration of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies.

Contact: (Tel.: 044 634 59 83)

Agenda Asien-Orient-Institut – Japanologie