SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Awards and Prizes

Along with its comprehensive range of language teaching programmes, SOAS Language Centre is involved in a number of activities including:

The Hagio Prize

A £5000 annual travel award intended to promote international understanding of Japanese culture and society. The Prize is endowed by The Atsushi and Fumiko Hagio Fund and supported by Reuters Foundation and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS). The award is open to students who successfully complete the Full time SOAS Diploma in Modern Japanese or the part-time SOAS Diploma in Modern Japanese.

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

The JLPT is an internationally recognised qualification for non-native speakers, sponsored by the Japan Foundation and the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services.

The London UK JLPT is no longer administered by SOAS Language Centre. For all queries, please email or visit the JLPT page:

Japanese Language Proficiency Test 

Japanese Speech Contest: Spoken Business Japanese 

Dedicated to the memory of the late Sir Peter Parker

The Japanese Speech Contest was established in 1990 by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), London, and the Language Centre of SOAS, University of London.

The Awards are widely recognised as having made a significant contribution to the recent growth in the use of Japanese in business, as well as having benefited participants in their professional careers. In 2020 the Japanese Speech Contest celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Japanese Speech Contest: Spoken Business Japanese