BBK Japan

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Welcome to BBK Japan!


What are we?


BBK Japan is an academic society at Birkbeck. Our focus is to provide opportunities for students at the college to further expand their current studies with additional opportunities to learn and study.



Currently Birkbeck offers 5 levels of Japanese language, however they are only once a week. This leaves students to study on their own and find thier own resources for speaking and understanding the language. We aim to fill that gap with our study sessions, tutoring sessions, and workshops.

Whether your goal is to learn a few phrases, or prepare for a job interview if you move to Japan, we aim to help all students feel comfortable in their plans to interact with Japanese culture.

Do you do events as well?


We try our best, however due to the nature of Birkbeck societies, we are almost completely self-funded.

That being said, we do sometimes host field trips to various lectures and events. And occiasionally we hold karaoke nights as well!

Additional Info.

Contact email:

Several of our close friends for culture events and job preparation around London are:

The Japan Foundation London

The Japan Society

Cross Borders Recruitment

Japan Matsuri

Hyper Japan


BBK Japan is a proud partner to the Birkbeck International Students Officer, and subsidary group of the International Students Society! For all news, cultural updates, and general information please visit the Birkbeck International Students Society Facebook page @ International Students Society


Check out the calendar for an up-to-date list of events!


For fun cultural and academic posts, visit our Facebook page!

BBK Japan is on Facebook!


Terms and conditions

Click here to view terms and conditions


Birkbeck Students' Union groups are only open to full membership for enrolled Birkbeck students. Other membership categories may exist depending on the group's constitution and the approval of the SU's Executive Committee.

In additional to the general term and conditions for Birkbeck Students' Union organised and managed events, all our Clubs, Societies, Networks and Projects may apply additonal conditions on attendance. Examples can be, and not limited to, membership of a club or society, students from one programme or class, self-organised groups and liberation campaigns limited to participants on a self-defining basis into the group membership (e.g. LGBTQ+ students or women only).

All attendees at an event must register in advance and ensure they bring along a copy of their e-ticket and their Birkbeck student ID. 

All society memberships expire the 31 July the end of the academic year. To continue your membership to a society, you must re-join the beginning of the new academic year.