Program Site: Nanzan University’s Center for Japanese Studies in Nagoya
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA and two semesters of college-level Japanese or the equivalent. A GPA of 3.5 or above is recommended. As the Nanzan program is highly competitive, students are strongly encouraged to consider a back-up application.
Description: Nagoya is a major industrial centre with sleek skyscrapers, an extensive subway system, and a wide range of cultural activities. In addition to being close to many charming rural towns, fishing villages, and the Japanese Alps, Nagoya is two hours from Tokyo by bullet train and one hour from Kyoto.
Nanzan University is located in the center of Nagoya and has about 9,000 undergraduate students. Its Center for Japanese Studies is well known for its excellent language training program and attracts students from all over the world who want to immerse themselves in Japanese language and area studies.
Academics: Students take eight units of intensive Japanese and three English-taught area studies courses in disciplines such as Japanese culture, economics, folklore, history, international relations, literature and political science. Students with advanced Japanese language ability can take a series of seminars in Japanese at the Center. In addition to the lecture and seminar courses offered by the Center, advanced students have the opportunity to take selected regular university course alongside Japanese students in the fall semester.
Course load and Credit: Students take 4 or 5 courses and can earn up to 18 units per semester.
Activities and Other Program Features: Study of Japanese language and culture is complemented by trips and study tours to places of interest near Nagoya. Courses are also available in traditional Japanese arts such as woodblock printing and sumi-e ink painting.
Accommodations: Students live with Japanese host families or in university residence halls which are close to campus. The dorms have full kitchens to prepare meals; all meals are provided in homestays except for weekday lunches.
Dates: Fall, Spring, or Year. The Fall term runs from early September to mid-December, and the Spring term runs early January to mid-May.
Estimated Semester Cost:
Cost Updated: 4/24/14
Text Updated: 7/11/12
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.