Nanzan University Academic Program

Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
Single Term

If you go to college/university in the United States and are interested in this program, check it out on the IES Abroad website—designed for students like you looking to study or intern abroad outside of the United States.

About the Program

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture through full-time enrollment at the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University. A distinguished private university, Nanzan University offers excellent learning opportunities to expand your Japanese language skills and cultural knowledge. In addition to required intensive Japanese language classes (worth 8 credits), you will choose from a range of CJS English-taught course offerings in Literature, Business, and History.  

Enroll in Elective Japanese Arts Courses

Enjoy hands-on instruction in Japanese arts, such as ikebana and shodō.

Take Courses in Japanese

Enroll in seminars taught in Japanese with local students.

Live with Local Families or Students

Live in a homestay with a local family or in a dormitory.

Nagoya Will Be Your Classroom

Apply your lessons when you explore popular local sites.

Spring 2025 Academic
Program dates:
Early January - Late May
Application Deadline:

Program Advisor

Student Counselor SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Language Prerequisite Level:
GPA Requirements:
Academic Level:
Academic Strengths:
Language, Linguistics & Cultural Studies
Homestay, Residence Hall
Visa Required:
15 to 18 per Semester

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About IES Abroad Nagoya Center

Nagoya’s IES Abroad Center is on Nanzan University’s beautiful, wooded campus, with stunning views across Nagoya city. Here, you get outstanding Japanese tuition and language support in a modern environment with access to a vast library and The Japan Plaza, the Japanese language practice center. The center’s student clubs encourage you to experience Japanese art such as calligraphy and tea ceremonies and immerse yourself in both modern and traditional Japanese culture.   


Our 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. 

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Partner Institution

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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. 

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. 

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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

  • Japanese language course (required, 8 credits) 

The remaining 7-10 credits may be taken from a combination of the following optional course options: 

  • Japan Studies Courses (English-taught area studies courses) (3 credits): offered to all CJS students 
  • Japanese Arts Courses (Japanese-taught arts courses) (2 credits): offered to both Japanese and international students 
  • Japanese Seminar Courses (Japanese-taught seminar courses) (2 credits): topics of these courses vary by Japanese language level  

You may enroll in the following course options: 

Japanese Language Courses (8 credits, required) 

All courses taught in fall and spring: 

  • Japanese I 
  • Japanese II 
  • Japanese III 
  • Japanese IV 
  • Japanese V 
  • Japanese VI (Spring only) 

Japanese Studies Courses (English-taught Area Studies Courses) (3 credits) 

These courses are offered to all CJS students. Previous courses have included: 

  • Contemporary Japanese Literature (A/B) 
  • Japanese Business (A/B) 
  • Japanese Cinema (A) 
  • Japanese Culture & Art (A/B) 
  • Japanese Economy (A/B) 
  • Japanese Foreign Policy (A) 
  • Japanese History (A/B) 
  • Japanese Popular Culture (A) 
  • Japanese Religions (A/B) 
  • Japanese Politics (B) 
  • Japanese Society (A/B) 
  • Language and Culture (A) 
  • Management Science in Japan (A) 
  • Modern Japanese Literature (B) 
  • Pre-Modern Japanese Literature (A) 
  • Teaching English in Japan (A) 

Japanese Arts Courses (Japanese-taught cultural arts courses) (2 credits) 

These courses enroll both Japanese and international students. Previous courses have included: 

  • Calligraphy (Shodō) 
  • Flower Arranging (Ikebana) 
  • Japanese Martial Arts (Budō)  
  • Tea Ceremony (Sadō) 
  • Traditional Japanese dance (Odori) 
  • Woodblock Printing (Hanga) 

Japanese Seminar Courses (Japanese-taught seminar courses) (2 credits) 

These courses are available to students based on their Japanese language class level placement. Previous courses have included: 

  • Academic Japanese Writing 
  • Advanced Translation 
  • Business Japanese 
  • Classical Japanese Literature 
  • Creative Writing 
  • Elementary Translation & Intermediate Translation 
  • Intermediate Projects in Japanese* 
  • Introduction to Academic Japanese Writing 
  • Introduction to Business Japanese 
  • Introduction to Creative Writing 
  • Introduction to Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language 
  • Japanese for Tourism  
  • Japanese for Volunteering  
  • Pre-Intermediate Projects in Japanese* 
  • Readings in Japanese Literature 
  • Readings in Science and Technology 
  • Readings in the Social Sciences 
  • University Preparatory Japanese 
  • Project Work for Students in Japanese I - III* 

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: 

  • An Introduction to the Social Studies of Latin America 
  • Intercultural Competence 
  • Japanese Society & Law 
  • Media Literacy in the Digital Age  
  • Seminar in American History  

Nanzan University reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond its control. 

*Independent Research Opportunity 

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements of the program—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by the program, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You will need to supply additional information throughout the process, and our helpful team will alert you via email or your MyIESAbroad Student Portal whenever this is necessary.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you can use any of the following:

  • IELTS: 5.5
  • TOEFL iBT: 75
  • TOEFL pBT: 538
  • 1 semester of college level Japanese or equivalent

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Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Spring 2024

Program dates:
Early January - Late May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Fall 2024 Academic

Program dates:
Late August - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Spring 2025 Academic

Program dates:
Early January - Late May
Application Deadline:


A student and their host mother cut tofu together in a Nagoya Homestay.
  • Homestay
  • Residence Hall


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. 

About Nagoya

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Surrounded by mountains, hot springs and national parks, Nagoya is Japan’s fourth largest city. It has speedy connections with Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, all in under two hours. Studying at Nagoya’s IES Abroad Center at Nanzan University campus puts you in the heart of a city renowned for its food scene and cultural attractions. When you’re not honing your language skills with your newfound friends, visit nearby Nagoya Castle, Atsuta Jingu, and the Toyota Museum. 

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Field Trips

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. All trips are included in the program fee unless otherwise noted with ($).

NOTE: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability. 

Hiroshima Itsukushima Shrine On The Water

Hiroshima & Miyajma

3 Days Spring

Full of wide boulevards and crisscrossing rivers, Hiroshima is located along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima is now a modern, cosmopolitan city with excellent cuisine, parks, and museums. See the Hiroshima Peace Park and enjoy the beauty of the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit nearby Miyajima, historically considered a holy site, to tour the island’s Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

The red gates of kyoto


2 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 Kiyomizu Temple and Kinkaku-ji, design cloth towels with colorful dyes, be entertained by maiko and geiko, and take a rickshaw ride through Arashiyama.

A samurai uniform in Hakuichi museum


2 Days Fall

Kanazawa is a traditional city on the coast of the Sea of Japan. You will visit the gardens of Kenrokuen, and the old tea houses of Higashi-Chayagai. Experience making sweets and crafts with gold leaf, and stay at a ryokan.

a buddhist bride doing a photoshoot

Shirakawago & Takayama

2 Days Fall

Shirakawago is a historical village located near Takayama in Gifu prefecture. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is famous for its houses built in the gasshō-zukuri architectural style. Explore the village, visit the Toyota Shirakawago-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. 

Actors dressed in historical ninja garb performing stunts with a variety of weapons and moves.


1 Day Spring

Explore the hidden passages and escape routes of the Iga Ninja house. Additionally, you’ll learn the techniques of making special local clay pottery known as Iga-yaki.

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests


Before You Leave

Your study abroad experience starts well before you travel. We talk through your program choices, guide you through application, and support your preparations for leaving

On Arrival

We’re by your side from the moment you arrive, for campus orientation, getting you to your accommodation, and helping settle

Home Sweet Home

We transfer you from the airport to your university campus or nearby accommodation and help you settle in

Settling In

Talk to SAF Staff on the ground whenever you need support. Living in another country can be disorientating – we have the answers you need

Find Your Way Around

Where to shop, what to eat, how to see a doctor or a dentist, which bus or train to catch – ask us. We’re your friendly locals

Keeping You Safe

We enroll you in the SAF emergency alert system, so you hear safety concerns relevant to you

In the Classroom

The IES Abroad Center has classroom, computer labs, and academic facilities to support your coursework and academic development

Get Social

We arrange social and cultural events, so you meet other international SAF Scholars and local students

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Why Travel With SAF?

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