Tradition meets modernity in the thriving Japanese city of Nagoya. Countless cultural traditions began in Nagoya and have been passed down through generations—the city is referred to as Geidokoro, a center for art and culture. Don’t miss the rituals and festivals that take place at temples and shrines throughout the Nagoya area.

Along with its cultural traditions, Nagoya is an important port city and industrial center. Major international businesses have a presence in Nagoya, including Toyota, Lexus, Mitsubishi Motors, Brother Industries, Boeing, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture through full-time enrollment at the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University. As a distinguished private university, Nanzan University offers excellent learning opportunities. In addition to a required intensive Japanese language class, you will choose from a range of CJS English-taught course offerings in Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and enjoy hands-on instruction in Japanese arts, such as ikebana, shodo, hanga, and sumie. 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 apply what you study in the classroom when you explore popular local sites, such as the Atsuta Shrine and Nagoya Castle. Visit some of the city’s many museums, like the Toyota Automobile Museums and Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts. 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.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Nagoya
  • City: Nagoya
  • Country: Japan
  • Program Credits: 15-18 per semester (5-6 courses)
  • Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
  • Language Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college-level Japanese

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

  • September 3 - December 22

Spring 2019

  • January 6 - May 19

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 - August 01, 2018


IES Abroad’s 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.


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 must take 8 credits of Japanese language. Each level is divided into two courses:

  • Japanese for Communication (5 credits)
  • Japanese Reading and Writing (3 credits)

The remaining 7-10 credits may be taken from a combination of the following course options:

  • English-taught Area Studies Courses (3 credits): these courses are offered to all CJS students.
  • Japanese-taught Arts Courses (2 credits): these courses enroll both Japanese and international students.
  • Japanese-taught Seminar Courses (2 credits): these courses are available to students based on placement into Japanese language classes at level NIJ400 and above.

You may enroll in the following course options:

Japanese Language Courses (8 credits, required)

All courses taught in fall and spring:

  • NIJ310 Japanese for Communication (5 credits) plus NIJ320 Japanese Reading & Writing (3 credits)
  • NIJ410 Japanese for Communication (5 credits) plus NIJ420 Japanese Reading & Writing (3 credits)
  • NIJ510 Japanese for Communication (5 credits) plus NIJ520 Japanese Reading & Writing (3 credits)
  • NIJ610 Japanese for Communication (5 credits) plus NIJ620 Japanese Reading & Writing (3 credits)
  • NIJ710 Japanese for Communication (5 credits) plus NIJ720 Japanese Reading & Writing (3 credits)

Each Japanese level also now offers an optional 1 credit Project Work course as well.

English-taught Area Studies Courses (3 credits)

These courses are offered to all CJS students. Previous courses have included:

  • Fieldwork Research Methods for Japan
  • Japanese Business
  • Japanese Culture
  • Japanese Culture and Art
  • Japanese Economy
  • Japanese Foreign Policy
  • Japanese History
  • Japanese Literature
  • Japanese Religions
  • Japanese Politics
  • Linguistics and Culture

Japanese-taught Cultural Arts Courses (2 credits)

These courses enroll both Japanese and international students. Previous courses have included:

  • Calligraphy (Shodō)
  • Chinese Black Ink Painting (Sumie)
  • Flower Arranging (Ikebana)
  • Japanese Culture and Tea Ceremony (Sadō)
  • Woodblock Printing (Hanga)

Japanese-taught Seminar Courses (2 credits)

These courses are available to students based on placement into Japanese language classes at level NIJ400 and above. 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 Media Literacy
  • Readings in Japanese Literature
  • Readings in the Social Sciences
  • University Preparatory Japanese

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:

  • Debating Politics of Japan and the United States
  • Japanese Linguistics
  • Japanese Nationality Law
  • Observation and Analysis of Japanese Language Activities
  • Principles of Language Education
  • Seminar in American Foreign Relations: A View from Japan
  • Seminars in War and Peace: A Transnational Perspective
  • Studies in Japanese Language Pedagogy

Partner Institution(s)

Nanzan University

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—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.

On-Site Staff

As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at Nanzan University, you have access to on-site IES Abroad 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 as effectively and smoothly as possible. 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.


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.

Host Family

A limited number of host family placements 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 work or 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 are a good housing option if you wish to interact with Japanese and international students from Nanzan and other surrounding universities as well as young professionals. Your dormitory will typically be single sex but may be mixed gender divided by floor. Please be aware that assignments for dormitories are made completely by Nanzan University and are made based on availability of space. IES Abroad has no influence in your dormitory placement. Meal plans vary between dormitories.

Student Life


When you arrive, you participate in an introductory four-day orientation with the IES Abroad Nagoya staff. You travel to a historic and culturally-significant city outside of Nagoya such as Inuyama, where you stay in a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) and receive 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, housing, transportation, special language sessions, and health and safety are covered during this time.

Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

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 the proper level for your Japanese language instruction.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Nagoya through our cultural events, such as:

  • Attend a shamisen concert
  • Observe a Japanese Taiko performance
  • Try miso nikomi at an udon restaurant
  • Visit local temples, shrines, and festivals
  • Join student clubs or groups on campus

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale in Japanese language courses
  • 2 semesters of college-level Japanese language or the equivalent is required
  • Sophomore, junior or senior standing when program begins
  • Enrolled in a Japanese course within the academic year prior to the program start date

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.

A student visa is required to enter Japan. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $15,000
  • Housing: $4,160
  • Insurance: $240
  • Total: $19,900

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $27,885
  • Housing: $8,320
  • Insurance: $480
  • Total: $36,685

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.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Japanese
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