Nagoya Summer - Language & Culture


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Program Description


Why Nagoya?

What better way to practice your Japanese language skills and immerse yourself in Japanese life and culture than by studying in Nagoya? Experience day-to-day life as a Japanese person in the country's fourth-largest city.

What You'll Study

This 8-week summer program offers you intensive Japanese courses at The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University, renowned in the field of Japanese language education.

Daily Life

IES Abroad Nagoya will organize a two-day field trip to Kyoto plus other cultural activities exclusively for IES Abroad students. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in CJS-organized field trips and activities. We want you to feel at home in Nagoya, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.


All courses are arranged by CJS. Your classes will include students from the United States and other international students.


All students enroll in a required 4 credit Japanese language course, which includes 24 hours of conversation practice (levels go up to pre-advanced). In addition to your Japanese language course, you’ll also have the option to take one additional course (see below) for a total of up to 8 IES Abroad credits during your summer studies at Nanzan University.

For your optional course, you can choose from three different areas of study:

  • Japanese Studies Courses taught in English (2 credits). Possible courses include Contemporary Politics & Economy and Japanese Culture.
  • Open Courses with Japanese undergraduates (2 credits). Possible courses include Introduction to Global Studies or Introduction to Sustainable Studies.
  • Japanese Arts courses taught in English and Japanese (credits may vary). Possible courses include Hanga (woodblock print), Ikebana (flower arrangement), Sadō (tea ceremony), and Odori (Japanese dance). However, if you take 4 or more Japanese Arts courses, the courses will be combined and you will receive 2 IES Abroad credits.

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.

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. Here are a few possible destinations:


2 Days

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. Here students will visit the famous Kiyomizudera and Kinkakuji, and design sensu with colorful dyes.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in the Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University (CJS) organized field trips as well.

Daily Life

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, 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 participate in a two-day orientation in Nagoya with the IES Abroad staff.

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.


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.

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 is shared kitchen space. Meal plans vary between dormitories.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Participate in optional cultural outings to such sites as observing a Japanese Taiko 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.

Summer 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $5,135 $1,330 $135 $6,600

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid

Up to $1,000.

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from the information provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of the home campus

Our Center

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
Last updated November 2019

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