Nagoya is often referred to as geidokoro, a center for art and culture. First-time visitors to Japan may not be as familiar with this city, but Nagoya is the perfect place to experience daily life like a local Japanese student. Countless cultural traditions began here and have been passed down for generations—so you won’t want to miss the many rituals and festivals that take place throughout the area.
Along with its cultural traditions, Nagoya is an important port city and industrial center with major international businesses having a presence here. Not only is it easy to get around the city, but its central location in Japan also makes it easy to explore Tokyo, Osaka, and more.
What You'll Study
Immerse yourself in Japanese culture through full-time enrollment at the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University. A distinguished private university, Nanzan University offers excellent learning opportunities to expand your Japanese language skills and cultural knowledge.
In addition to required intensive Japanese language classes (worth 8 credits), you will choose from a range of CJS English-taught course offerings in Literature, Business, and History. You can also enjoy hands-on instruction in Japanese arts, such as ikebana, shodō, hanga, and odori. Students with very advanced language skills are encouraged to enroll in seminars taught in Japanese with local students.
Nagoya will be your classroom. You can easily find opportunities to apply your lessons when you explore popular local sites, such as the Atsuta Shrine and Higashiyama Park. Visit some of the city’s many museums, like the Toyota Automobile Museum or the Tokugawa Art Museum. Everything you do will be part of your learning experience.
We want you to feel at home in Japan, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Nagoya. From housing to cultural events and activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with Nanzan University.
Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional components:
- Japanese language course (required, 8 credits)
The remaining 7-10 credits may be taken from a combination of the following optional course options:
- English-taught area studies courses (3 credits): offered to all CJS students
- Japanese-taught arts courses (2 credits): offered to both Japanese and international students
- Japanese-taught seminar courses (2 credits): topics of these courses vary by Japanese language level
Course offerings vary from semester to semester. Exact course offerings are determined by Nanzan University shortly before the start of each semester. For this reason, you register for courses upon arrival.
You must take 15–18 credits per semester. Complete and up-to-date course descriptions are available by visiting Nanzan University’s Center for Japanese Studies website.
You may enroll in the following course options:
Japanese Language Courses (8 credits, required)
All courses taught in fall and spring:
- Japanese I
- Japanese II
- Japanese III
- Japanese IV
- Japanese V
- Japanese VI (Spring only)
English-taught Area Studies Courses (3 credits)
These courses are offered to all CJS students. Previous courses have included:
- Japanese Business
- Japanese Culture
- Japanese Culture & Art
- Japanese Popular Culture
- Japanese Economy
- Japanese Foreign Policy
- Japanese History
- Japanese Linguistics
- Japanese Literature
- Japanese Religions
- Japanese Politics
- Japanese Society
- Topics in Management Science in Japan
Japanese-taught Cultural Arts Courses (2 credits)
These courses enroll both Japanese and international students. Previous courses have included:
- Flower Arranging (Ikebana)
- Japanese Culture and Tea Ceremony (Sadō)
- Woodblock Printing (Hanga)
- Traditional Japanese dance (Odori)
Japanese-taught Seminar Courses (2 credits)
These courses are available to students based on their Japanese language class level placement. Previous courses have included:
- Academic Japanese Writing
- Business Japanese
- Classical Japanese
- Creative Writing
- Elementary Translation & Intermediate Translation
- Introduction to Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
- Japanese in Tourism
- Japanese in Volunteering
- Readings in Japanese Literature
- Readings in Science and Technology
- Readings in the Social Sciences
- University Preparatory Japanese
- Project Work for Students in Japanese I - III
Additional Course Disciplines
During the fall semester, certain additional courses at Nanzan University are open to IES Abroad students. These 2-credit courses are part of the regular undergraduate program at the university and are available in several fields. In recent years, courses have included:
- An Introduction to the Social Studies of Latin America
- Intercultural Competence
- Japanese Society & Law
- Media Literacy in the Digital Age
- Seminar in American History
Nanzan University reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond its control.
Nanzan University began in 1946 as the College of Foreign Languages. Since then, it has grown into a full-fledged university with seven faculties and a worldwide reputation for academic excellence. The University has the advantage of a low student-teacher ratio, and undergraduate enrollment is presently limited to around 9,000 students.
The University’s Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) was established in 1974 to provide intensive instruction and training in the Japanese language. Today, CJS is well-known for providing an integrated and intensive learning experience in Japanese language and culture for English-speaking international students. Because communication is the key to understanding any culture, Japanese courses at Nanzan stress all language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intensive courses in elementary, intermediate, and advanced Japanese are offered.
One place to continue your language practice is in the student-focused “Japan Plaza,” where students gather to meet local Japanese students and must speak only in Japanese. CJS also provides many extracurricular activities.
Advising & Support
In a direct enrollment program, you are enrolled as a full-time student at one of our international partner institutions. Even though your local host institution is where you’ll take your classes, we’re still here to fully support you.
Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process.
As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at Nanzan University, you have access to the IES Abroad Nagoya Center and staff who are specifically dedicated to your needs. Our on-site staff work with you and your local institution to answer any questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety.
Our support services for direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to — that’s why our staff is there for you.
Field Trips & Events
Even though your adventure starts in Nagoya, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are subsidized by IES Abroad. Below are a few possible destinations.
In addition to the IES Abroad trips, the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) offers international students day trips and study tours each term. Past trips have included visits to see kabuki, Nagoya Castle, and tour the Toyota Motors Assembly Plant. CJS-organized trips are an additional cost.
Hiroshima & Miyajma
3 Days| Spring
Full of wide boulevards and crisscrossing rivers, Hiroshima is located along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima is now a modern, cosmopolitan city with excellent cuisine, parks, and museums. See the Hiroshima Peace Park and enjoy the beauty of the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit nearby Miyajima, historically considered a holy site, to tour the island’s Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.
2 Days | Fall
Kyoto was Japan’s capital city from the late 8th century to the late 19th century. One of the oldest cities in Japan, Kyoto is home to many famous temples, shrines, lively markets, and closely packed neighborhoods. Visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple and Kinkaku-ji, design cloth towels with colorful dyes, be entertained by maiko and geiko, and take a rickshaw ride through Arashiyama.
2 Days | Fall
Kanazawa is a traditional city on the coast of the Sea of Japan. You will visit the gardens of Kenrokuen, and the old tea houses of Higashi-Chayagai. Experience making sweets and crafts with gold leaf, and stay at a ryokan.
Takayama & Shirakawago
2 Days | Fall
Shirakawago is a historical village located near Takayama in Gifu prefecture. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is famous for its houses built in the gasshō-zukuri architectural style. Explore the village, visit the Toyota Shirakawago-Eco-Institute, and go on a night hike through the woods. The next day, go to Takayama, a beautifully preserved historic city in the mountains.
2 Days | Spring
See Japan’s first capital city, which is the site of many famous Buddhist temples, including Kofuku-ji Temple.
1 Day| Spring
Explore the hidden passages and escape routes of the Iga Ninja house. Additionally, you’ll learn the techniques of making special local clay pottery known as Iga-yaki.
IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.
Part of making you feel at home in Nagoya is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
When you arrive, you will participate in a four-day orientation with the IES Abroad Nagoya staff, complete with daily language instruction. Designed specifically for direct enrollment students, our orientation introduces you to your program, teaches you about emergency services on campus, and connects you with your fellow students and to Nagoya. Topics such as academics and special language sessions are covered.
Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.
After the IES Abroad orientation, you begin an academic orientation session at Nanzan University. During the academic orientation, you take a Japanese placement exam to determine your proper Japanese language level.
As part of IES Abroad’s direct enrollment services, we work with Nanzan University to offer well-located, comfortable housing for all students because securing independent housing can be challenging. IES Abroad’s housing options reflect the local student culture and meet our safety and security standards.
Homestays - A limited number of placements with host families are available throughout Nagoya. Housing details vary by family, but you will have a single room, and eat breakfast and dinner each day with your host family. You can purchase lunch at student cafeterias on campus or in restaurants in the area.
Consistent with the daily lives of most Japanese people, a commute from home to school is normal. Living with a host family may make your commute longer than students who live in dormitories, but the cultural opportunities are more than worth it. Those with particularly high commuting costs receive a monthly stipend to help defray transportation expenses.
Dormitories - Interact with Japanese and international students from Nanzan and other surrounding universities, as well as young professionals. You will have a single room and most dorms have shared bathroom facilities. These dorms are typically single-sex but may be mixed gender divided by floor. Internet access is available, bed linens are provided, laundry is available, and there are shared kitchen space. Meal plans vary between dormitories.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
Take advantage of the cultural events we organize in Nagoya, such as:
- Observe a Japanese Taiko performance
- Watch a musical
- Make Japanese food
- Listen to a Rakugo performance
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.
Scholarships & Aid
Dr. William Louis Gaines Need-Based History or International Relations Scholarship
Up to $1,875; awarded to 4-6 students each year
This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. William Louis Gaines, President of IES Abroad from 1974-1992. Dr. Gaines was dedicated to strengthening IES Abroad's academic framework, broadening the scope of IES Abroad locations, and securing the financial foundation of the organization.
Open to students majoring in History or International Relations.
Kathleen Kervin Diamond Endowed Scholarship
Up to $2,000 each; awarded to 4-6 students each year
Kathleen Diamond is a consultant, entrepreneur, and business leader in the language services industry. In 1979, she founded Language Learning Enterprises, Inc. (LLE®), a full-service language company based in Washington, D.C. She is recognized as an early pioneer in Telephone Interpreting, launching LLE-LINK in the early 1990s. Over the next 20 years, under her leadership, the company grew into a dynamic, multimillion-dollar corporation, serving a wide range of clients, in both the private and public sectors, across the United States, and worldwide. In 2009, Ms.
Situated on a wooded campus in Nagoya, Nanzan University is a distinguished private institution attended by students from around the world. The university’s Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) hosts the IES Abroad Nagoya Program.
Features of Nanzan University include:
- Excellent academics and Japanese language instruction
- More than 300 faculty
- Library with 600,000 volumes
- Cultural clubs and activities
- Athletic facilities and swimming pool
About the School
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