Tradition meets modernity in the thriving Japanese city of Nagoya. Countless cultural traditions began in Nagoya and have been passed down through generations—the city 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 Nagoya area.
Along with its cultural traditions, Nagoya is an important port city and industrial center. Major international businesses have a presence in Nagoya, including Toyota, Lexus, Mitsubishi Motors, Brother Industries, Boeing, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Immerse yourself in Japanese culture through full-time enrollment at the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University. As a distinguished private university, Nanzan University offers excellent learning opportunities. In addition to a required intensive Japanese language class, you will choose from a range of CJS English-taught 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.
Nagoya will be your classroom. You can easily apply what you study in the classroom when you explore popular local sites, such as the Atsuta Shrine and Nagoya Castle. Visit some of the city’s many museums, like the Toyota Automobile Museums and Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts. 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.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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.
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:
The remaining 7-10 credits may be taken from a combination of the following course options:
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)
Each Japanese level also now offers an optional 1 credit Project Work course as well.
English-taught Area Studies Courses (3 credits)
These courses are offered to all CJS students. Previous courses have included:
Japanese-taught Cultural Arts Courses (2 credits)
These courses enroll both Japanese and international students. Previous courses have included:
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:
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:
Nanzan Universitywww.nanzan-u.ac.jp/EnglishNanzan 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dormitories are a good housing option if you wish to 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. 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. Meal plans vary between dormitories.
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.
When you arrive, you participate in an introductory four-day orientation with the IES Abroad Nagoya staff. You travel to a historic and culturally-significant city outside of Nagoya such as Inuyama, where you stay in a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) and receive 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, housing, transportation, special language sessions, and health and safety are covered during this time.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
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.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Nagoya through our cultural events, such as:
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 museums, shrines, and temples; a tour of the Toyota Motors assembly plant; and a stay in a Zen Buddhist monastery. You may be required to contribute to the costs of these CJS-organized trips.
KYOTO2 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 Kyomizudera and Kinkakuji, design sensu with colorful dyes, be entertained by Maiko, Geiko, and Shamisenkata, and take a rickshaw ride through Arashiyama.
KANAZAWA2 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 pottery and Japanese sweets, and stay at a ryokan.
TAKAYAMA & SHIRAKAWAGO2 DAYS | FALL
Shirakawago is a historical village located near Takayama in Gifu prefecture. A 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.
NARA2 DAYS | SPRING
See Japan’s first capital city, which is the site of many famous Buddhist temples, including Kofuku-ji Temple.
IGA1 DAY | SPRING
Explore the hidden passages and escape routes of the Iga Ninja house, dedicated to the history of Ninja and Ninjitsu.
HIROSHIMA & MIYAJIMA3 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.
About the 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:
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
Ms. Masae Asakura holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
She is interested in the history of Japanese immigrants in Hawaii, multicultural education, and English language education.
IES Abroad students are taught by the faculty of the Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University.