Nagoya, Japan

Direct Enrollment - Nanzan University

Study Abroad
Program Options:
Direct Enrollment

At a Glance


Homestay, Residence Hall


15 to 18 per Semester

Language of Instruction:

English, Japanese

Language Prerequisites:

1 semester of college-level Japanese; enrollment in a Japanese course in the last year

Visa Required:


About the Program

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 to expand your Japanese language skills and cultural knowledge. You can choose to follow either the Modern or Intensive Japanese Track, both of which include Japanese language classes as well as the opportunity to choose from a range of CJS English-taught course offerings in Literature, Business, and History.  

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Enroll in Elective Japanese Arts Courses

Enjoy hands-on instruction in Japanese arts, such as ikebana and shodō.

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Take Courses in Japanese

Enroll in seminars taught in Japanese with local students.

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Live with Local Families or Students

Live in a homestay with a local family or in a dormitory.

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Nagoya Will Be Your Classroom

Apply your lessons when you explore popular local sites.

Spring 2025

Program Dates:

January 02 - May 23

Application Deadline:

Program Advisor

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Cyane Thomas

Once you’ve applied for a program, I’ll be your direct point of contact. From housing to course registration and everything in between, I’m here to help you prepare to study abroad. Once you’re accepted to your program, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.995.2300 ✉️

About the Destination

TV Tower in Nagoya

Why Nagoya?

Nagoya is often referred to as geidokoro, a center for art and culture, the perfect place to experience daily life like a local Japanese student. 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, but its central location in Japan also makes it easy to explore Tokyo, Osaka, and more.

Learn More About Nagoya

Get to Know Your New City

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Go to the Nagoya Castle

Be sure to see the golden tiger-headed carp on the top castle roof.

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See the Atsuta Shrine

This important Shinto shrine is one of the greatest centers of worship.

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Take in the View at the Higashiyama Sky Tower

The tower features awe-inspiring views of the city.

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Unwind at the Tokugawa Art Museum & Garden

Visit this museum full of Japan's historical treasures.

The Student Experience

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A student and their host mother cut tofu together in a Nagoya Homestay.
  • Homestay
  • Residence Hall


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.