Nanzan University is located in Nagoya City in Aichi Prefecture. Aichi is situated right in the middle of the Japanese archipelago that stretches from north to south, making it an ideal location for studying the Japanese language and experiencing Japanese life and culture. The capital of Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya City, is a highly modernized city. Nanzan University is based in the quiet eastern area of Nagoya known as an educational, cultural and residential zone of the city. Its campuses are surrounded by greenery, creating a pleasant, urban park-like atmosphere. Nagoya is one of the leading metropolises of international trade, industry and culture in Japan.
Nagoya enjoys a temperate climate. Summers are hot and very humid, and the winter is chillier than the thermometer might indicate because of the cold north winds. However, there are relatively few days of snow. Heavy rains occur in the June rainy season, and in September. Spring and autumn are comfortable.
Today the Greater Nagoya area is home to over 7 million people, and in recent years the region has been one of the main focal points of development in the country. The name “Nanzan” is well known throughout the region, allowing Nanzan Gakuen to forge ever closer ties with the local community through its educational and research activities and its contributions to society.
From modest beginnings as a College of Foreign Languages in 1946, Nanzan took the small step to a single Faculty of Arts and Letters in 1949 and has since grown into a full-fledged university with seven faculties and a worldwide reputation for academic excellence. The University has eleven centers dedicated to research, including three research institutes and four area studies centers. Nanzan University has the advantage of a low student–teacher ratio. Small classes and seminars provide an effective setting for interpersonal communication through which human dignity becomes a lived experience and an international outlook develops naturally. Undergraduate enrolment is presently limited to around 9,000, reflecting Nanzan's resistance to the mass-education approach.
At Nanzan, priority has always been given to the cultivation of well-rounded individuals who can serve the needs of society and who can contribute to their communities in the future.
Students will take courses at the Center for Japanese Studies. Intensive instruction and training in the Japanese language was the initial purpose of the Center at the time of its establishment in 1974. Since then, however, an integrated and intensive learning experience in Japanese language and culture for English-speaking international students has evolved.
Please click here for CJS course listings and syllabi.
Fall Semester: September 3 - December 18 (dates will be similar each year)
Application deadline: February 1
Spring Semester: January 12 - May 22 (dates will be similar each year)
Application deadline: February 1 of previous year
Exchange programs charge only regular JMU tuition, based on residency, while room and board are paid to the host institution. Students are responsible for airfare and personal expenses.
SAMPLE BUDGET (one semester):
|Total Estimated Costs||14,181||21,175|
**NOTE: All housing fees, security deposit and accident insurance (totaling approximately $3500) are due in advance of the program.
The University runs two international halls of residence open to all Nanzan students. The halls were founded to promote international understanding and cooperation through a live-in experience:
Nagoya Koryu Kaikan
Located a short distance from the University's main entrance, the hall can accommodate a maximum of 56 students in its 14 apartments. Each apartment can accommodate four students: one native Japanese student from one of Nanzan's graduate or undergraduate programs and three international students. Students have separate rooms furnished with a bed, study desk with lamp and bookshelves, chair, locker, telephone, and an air conditioner and heater. The occupants share a common toilet and bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. The monthly fee, including utilities, is ¥25,000. All housing fees must be paid in advance of the program start.
Yamazato Koryu Kaikan
Located a few hundred meters away from the University, the hall can accommodate 10 female and 10 male international and Japanese students in private rooms, with the male and female students on separate floors. Each room is equipped with a bed, closet, toilet, sink, study desk with lamp and bookshelves, chair, and an air conditioner and heater. There is a common bathroom and shared cooking facilities on each floor. The monthly fee, including utilities, is ¥30,000. All housing fees must be paid in advance of the program start.
Students may also choose to live in a homestay, dormitory or rent an apartment.
All students who participate in a JMU exchange program will be required to write a reflection paper upon completion of the program which will be available for future participants to read. Please click here to read past reflection papers from JMU students at Nanzan University.
Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and be in good standing with the university. Fall semester and full academic year applicants must have completed one year of college Japanese prior to program start. Spring semester applicants must have completed two years of college Japanese.
Spaces are limited. Please meet with a study abroad advisor before applying. For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Exchange Programs.
Scholarships specifically for exchange programs are sometimes available. Check our website for current offerings. Most forms of financial aid apply to the cost of study abroad programs. Students should consult with a financial aid counselor for specific information about awards and eligibility. For more information, please click on the following link to the Financial Aid & Scholarships page.
In sum, my experience in Japan was nothing short of amazing. I met great people, went to awesome places, had extremely memorable experiences, and learned a ton about the culture and language. It was definitely tough at times (culture shock, communication difficulties, anxiety with new culture, feeling lonely, dealing with friend's issues), but those too were part of the whole experience. In my entire college career, no part opened my mind more, exposed me to more culture, forced me to get out of my shell (out of my comfort bubble) than my trip to Japan. To anyone studying Japanese at JMU, I wholeheartedly recommend studying abroad. -Adam Carpenter, Fall 2007