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Painting in Nagoya
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Students wearing tradition Japanese kimonos
Students wearing  kimonos in Nagoya
Learning how to play the shamisen
Eating ice cream in Nagoya
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Students wearing traditional Japanese clothing
Students in front of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto
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Nagoya Summer - Language & Culture

Why Nagoya?

What better way to practice your Japanese language skills and immerse yourself in Japanese life and culture than by studying in Nagoya?

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.

$5 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 $5 million to our financial aid programs.


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 Japanese language course (levels go up to pre-advanced). IES Abroad will award students 4-6 IES Abroad credits for this intensive language course, which also includes 24 hours of required conversation practice. 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.

    If you wish to enroll for more than 8 IES Abroad credits, you should first check with your current college or university regarding the maximum credit limits and possible additional credit-related fees.

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

    • Japanese Studies Courses taught in English (2 credits each). Possible courses include Contemporary Politics & Economy and Japanese Culture.
    • Open Courses with Japanese undergraduates (2 credits each). Possible courses include Introduction to Global Studies or Introduction to Sustainable Studies.
    • Japanese Arts courses taught in English and Japanese (non-credit bearing). 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. 

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


    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

    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 Japanese Taiko performance




    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.

    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: Summer 2019
    Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
    Summer 2019 $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 infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
    • IES Abroad program location.
    • IES Abroad membership status of home campus
    Vera Isaacs Schwartz Endowed Stipend
    $500 cash stipend

    The Vera Isaacs Schwartz Endowed Stipend has been established by Alan and Ronnie Schwartz in loving tribute to Alan’s mother. Vera valued learning in the classroom, but also recognized that there is an education to be had in museums, cafes and pastry shops around the world. Alan is a current member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors and he has established this stipend to honor his mother Vera and her commitment to providing her grandchildren funds to expand their college education outside of the classroom.

    Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

    $5 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 $5 million to our financial aid programs.

    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

    Our Staff

    Satoshi Tsukamoto, Ph.D.

    Director of Student Services

    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

    Reisa Ukai
    Program Coordinator


    IES Abroad students are taught by the faculty of the Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University.