Study Abroad in Japan: Do I Have to Know Japanese?

There's no doubt that some knowledge of the language helps. The majority of study-abroad programs require a minimal knowledge of Japanese; some require two or three years of previous study. There are programs, however, for students with no prior study of the language. If you're a beginner, start your investigation, with summer programs and with the programs run by organizations like Eurocentres, The Council on International Educational Exchange, or the Institute for Asian Studies.