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. You’ll round out your education in Nagoya by learning about Japanese culture, politics, and arts.
You will have an opportunity to participate in two field trips with Japanese students (organized by CJS). In addition, we will organize a two-day trip to Kyoto and cultural activities exclusively for IES Abroad students. 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 international students. All students enroll in a required Japanese language course (levels go up to pre-advanced). IES Abroad will award students 8 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 10 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 IES Abroad credits each). Possible courses are Contemporary Politics & Economy and Japanese Culture.
Open Courses with Japanese undergraduates (2 IES Abroad credits each). Possible courses are Introduction to Global Studies or Introduction to Sustainable Studies.
Japanese Arts courses taught in English and Japanese (non-credit bearing). Hanga (woodblock print), ikebana (flower arrangement), and sadō (tea ceremony) may be offered.
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
Kyoto 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.
The IES Abroad Nagoya Summer Program also includes cultural activities such as attending a Japanese taiko concert. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University (CJS) organized field trips as well.
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.
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.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.
You live at Nanzan University’s international student dormitory for Japanese and foreign students with a single bedroom and shared common spaces and bathrooms. No meals are provided.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
Redefine the way you live and learn in Nagoya through our cultural events, such as:
Observing Japanese Taiko
Attending Japanese musicals
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.
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.