Nagoya, Japan

Semester Timeline

Fall Semester: September - December
Spring Semester: January - May

Application Deadline

Applications Open: September 1st
Application Deadline: February 1st
Decision Date: March 1st

University Profile

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.

Participants of this program will take courses within the Nanzan University Center for Japanese Studies (CJS). Since its establishment in 1974, CJS has consistently delivered high quality education. Every year more than 150 international students are engaging in intensive Japanese Language Program and Japanese Area Studies for one semester or a year as non-degree seeking students. 

Location Description

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.


There is a wide variety of courses offered in five categories: Japanese Language Courses, Japanese Seminar Courses, Lecture Courses in Japanese Area Studies, Open Courses, and Practical Courses in the Japanese Arts. Lecture courses are taught in English, but assignments in some courses may include work in Japanese.

Course Catalog

Choose track of study to view courses.


Participants can choose to live with a Japanese family (homestay option) or with Japanese students (dormitory option) and various kinds of events with Japanese students are organized throughout the year. The CJS Office is in charge of housing arrangements and can provide one of the following options. Please note that the capacity of each accommodation is limited, and that it is often not possible to place all students in their first choice of accommodation. 

Housing Info

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a 2.7 GPA and be in good standing with the university. 

There is no language requirement for this university. Most course instruction will be offered in English. 

Applicants must have completed their first year of JMU before going abroad. There are exceptions for Transfer Students.


In addition paying regular tuition to JMU, participants can also expect to pay the following estimated costs to the host institution:

Housing $3,786
Health Insurance $222
Total Estimated Costs $4,008


How to Apply

The application for admission has a number of parts. See the outline below and make certain you have completed all steps in the application process:

  • Online JMU Exchange General Application 
    Completing the General Application will allow you to select your top three universities for Exchange. Multiple Exchange Program applications do not need to be submitted.
  • Exchange University's application 
    Upon acceptance from JMU, the applicant will then complete the host university's application. The exchange program coordinator will work with applicant to provide access to the application. 

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