The major programme in Japanese Studies is an intensive and rigorous undergraduate programme that includes training in both Japanese language and in Japanese culture and society. The highlight of the program is a year of study at a university in Japan as an exchange student. The Department has exchange partner relationships with over 19 top universities in Japan in areas such as Kyushu, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo. Students may apply for scholarships to help cover expenses of the exchange program. In addition to attending classes in Japan, all students are expected to complete a major field-research project and, based on this research, to submit a final-year project in their third-year of study. In the first and second years of study, major students are required to take courses in Japanese language (available for students with different levels of previous training), Japanese culture and society, and field-research methods. The third-year is spent in Japan. In their forth year of study, students return to the Chinese University where they meet with their research supervisors to write their final-year project, and take elective courses in Japanese language and studies, along with other courses required by the University.