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  • Nagoya, Japan
Why Nagoya?

Tradition meets modernity in the thriving Japanese city of Nagoya. Countless cultural traditions began here and have been passed down through generations—Nagoya 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 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, its central location in Japan 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. In addition to required intensive Japanese language classes (worth 8 credits), you will choose from a range of CJS Englishtaught 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.

Daily Life

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.

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Why Nagoya?

Tradition meets modernity in the thriving Japanese city of Nagoya. Countless cultural traditions began here and have been passed down through generations—Nagoya 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 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, its central location in Japan 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. In addition to required intensive Japanese language classes (worth 8 credits), you will choose from a range of CJS Englishtaught 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.

Daily Life

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.

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.

Academics

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.

Courses
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)

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 Folklore
  • Japanese Foreign Policy
  • Japanese History
  • Japanese Literature
  • Japanese Religions
  • Japanese Politics
  • Japanese Society

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 in Tourism 
  • Japanese in Volunteering 
  • 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:

  • Japanese Linguistics
  • Japanese Nationality Law
  • Observation and Analysis of Japanese Language Activities
  • Political & Social Issues of Japan
  • 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

Courses

Partner Institution(s)

Nanzan University

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.

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.

Advising

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.

Support

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.

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 and make pottery, a tour of the Toyota Motors assembly plant; and a stay in a Zen Buddhist monastery. These CJS-organized trips are an additional cost. 

Kyoto
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 Kiyomizudera and Kinkakuji, design sensu with colorful dyes, be entertained by Maiko and Geiko, and take a rickshaw ride through Arashiyama.

Kanazawa
2 Days | Fall
Kanazawa is a traditional city with a beautiful garden and is famous for its gold leaf. Visit Hikone Castle, the gardens of Kenrokuen, and the old tea houses of Higashi-Chayagai. Experience making Japanese 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 gassho-zukuri architectural style. Explore the village, visit the Toyota Shirakawa-Go-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. See the Takayama Jinya, the Kusakabe Folk Museum, the ruins of Matsukura Castle, and more.

Nara
2 Days | Spring
See Japan’s first capital city, which is the site of many famous Buddhist temples, including Kofuku-ji Temple.

Iga
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.”

Hiroshima & Miyajma
3 Days | Spring
Full of wide boulevards and criss-crossing rivers, Hiroshima is located along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea. Site of the U.S. atomic bomb attack on August 6, 1945, it is now a modern, cosmopolitan city with excellent cuisine, parks, and museums. Visit nearby Miyajima, historically considered a holy site, to tour the island’s Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

NOTE: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

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, 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.

Orientation

When you arrive, you participate in an introductory orientation with the IES Abroad Nagoya staff. You travel to Inuyama, a historic and culturallysignificant city outside of Nagoya. Stay in a washitsu (a traditional Japanese room) and have 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 right 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 the proper level for your Japanese language instruction.

Get to Know Your New City

Go to the Nagoya Castle

Constructed in 1612, this breathtaking castle is worth a visit. Be sure to see the golden tiger-headed carp on the top castle roof.

See the Atsuta Shrine

Known as Atsuta-ku or Miya, this important Shinto shrine is one of the greatest centers of worship—its also home to more than 70 ceremonies and festivals every year.

Take in the View at the Higashiyama Sky Tower

Located in the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the tower features awe-inspiring views of the city—don’t forget your camera!

Unwind at the Tokugawa Art Museum & Garden

Explore the treasures of the art museum—think samurai armor and swords, tea utensils, Noh masks, and much more—then visit the beautiful Japanese gardens next door.

Visit the Osu Kannon Temple & Osu Shopping District

Stop by the popular Buddhist temple to see the wooden statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, then head to the nearby shopping area that is home to more than 1,200 businesses, old and new.

Housing

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.

Dormitory
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. Internet access is available, bed linens are provided, laundry is available, and meal plans vary between dormitories. 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.

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
  • Listen to a Rakugo performance 
  • Visit local temples, shrines, and festivals
  • Join student clubs or groups on campus

Program Cost

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.

Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $15,305 $4,110 $240 $19,655


Term: Fall 2017
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2017
Academic Year
$15,005
$26,995
$4,025
$8,050
$240
$480
$19,270
$35,525

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.