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 round out your education in Nagoya by learning about Japanese culture, politics, and arts.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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.
You’ll also take a 1.5-credit course in Japanese Studies, which consists of two components: Contemporary Japanese Politics & Economy and Japanese Culture. In 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. In the Japanese Culture component, you focus on the historic and cultural context of several works of Japanese literature.
You’ll also take a 1-credit course in the Japanese arts, where you explore both the theory and practice of hanga (woodblock print) and ikebana (flower arrangement).
For past course listings and descriptions visit the Nanzan University Center for Japanese Studies Program website at www.nanzan-u.ac.jp/English/.
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.
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 2-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.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Nagoya through our cultural events, such as:
You may also have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities at Nanzan University, such as:
During this program, you can participate in two CJS (Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University)-organized field trips with other international and Japanese students.
Past destinations included a bus trip to Ise or Takayama, and an excursion to places of interest, like Nagoya Castle, Inuyama Castle, or Toyota Motors.
You also learn about what life is like in Japan by enjoying cultural events organized by the IES Abroad Nagoya Center, such as a traditional drum ceremony or a day trip to Kyoto. The cost of field trips is included in your program fee.
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:
Satoshi Tsukamoto, PH.D.IES Abroad Director
A native of Nagoya, Dr. Satoshi Tsukamoto has been the Director of the IES Abroad Center in Nagoya since 2000. He earned his Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University. His fields of study include the philosophy of education, multicultural education, cultural studies, and qualitative research methods. In addition to his work for IES Abroad, he is a professor in the Department of International Communications at Aichi University in Nagoya.
IES Abroad Staff
Masae AsakuraProgram Coordinator
IES students are taught by the faculty of the Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University.