What better way to practice your Japanese language skills and immerse yourself in Japanese life and culture than by studying in Nagoya? This six-week summer program offers you intensive Japanese courses at The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University, which is renowned in the field of Japanese language education. You'll round out your education in Nagoya by learning about Japanese culture, politics, and arts. You will have an opportunity to participate in two field trips with Japanese students (organized by CJS). In addition, we will organize a one-day trip to Kyoto and cultural activities exclusively for IES Abroad students.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Nagoya
  • City: Nagoya
  • Country: Japan
  • Program Credits: 6 - 8.5 credits
  • Language of Instruction: Japanese, English
  • Language Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college-level Japanese and know at least 200 kanji

Program Dates

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

Summer 2018

June 2 - August 3

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Application deadline has passed


All courses are arranged by CJS. Your classes will include students from the United States and international students. Enroll in one of four Japanese language courses (from pre-intermediate to pre-advanced level) for 6 credits each. In addition to the required Japanese language course, you also have the option to take one or both of the optional courses below:

  • A 1.5-credit course in Japanese Studies, which consists of two components, with each component being worth .75 credit::
    • Contemporary Japanese Politics & Economy, you learn about the changes in Japan’s political system since the Cold War, and the ways Japan has responded to demographic changes and economic recession.
    • Japanese Culture, you focus on the historic and cultural context of several works of Japanese literature.
  • A 1-credit course in the Japanese Arts. There are three classes offered in the Japanese Arts, however, only two will be offered and the choices will vary each year. Each component is worth .5 credit:
    • Hanga (woodblock print)
    • Ikebana (flower arrangement)
    • Sado (tea ceremony)


For more information on course listings and descriptions visit the Nanzan University Center for Japanese Studies Program website at

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. CJS also provides many extracurricular activities.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Nagoya, it will feel like home.

International Student Dormitory - You live at Nanzan University’s international student dormitory for Japanese and foreign students, just a short distance from campus. Enjoy a single bedroom with shared common spaces and bathrooms. You are responsible for your meals.

Student Life


When you arrive, you participate in a two-day orientation with the IES Abroad Nagoya staff. Orientation includes travel to a historic and culturally-significant city outside of Nagoya where you stay in a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn). Our orientation program 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, and health and safety are covered during this time. Our orientation is followed by Nanzan University’s orientation on campus.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

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

  • Observing Japanese Taiko
  • Attending Japanese musicals
  • Going to concerts

You may also have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities at Nanzan University, such as:

  • Cultural clubs
  • Cheerleading
  • Basketball
  • Judo

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 worth 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. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Japan. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.


Summer 2018

  • Tuition: $4,435
  • Housing: $1,330
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $5,900

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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