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  • Locations: Nagoya, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 08/15/2018 08/24/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Asian Studies, Global Studies, Modern Languages & Linguistics Program Type: UMBC Exchange
Housing Options: Homestay, University Residence GPA Requirement: 3
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Other
Estimated Cost of Attendance: $10,001-$12,000
Program Description:

Nanzan University


Program Overview

UMBC's newest exchange partner is an ideal site for students in Modern Languages and Linguistics, Asian Studies, Global Studies, or for any student with a serious interest in learning more about Japanese language and culture. Located in Nagoya, Nanzan University's Center for Japanese Studies offers Japanese language instruction at the 300- levels and above, as well as courses taught in English on Japanese history, society, politics, literature, and business. This program is an excellent option for serious students of Japanese studies!
Since its founding in 1974, the Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University has been a leader in Japanese language studies, with the goal of helping each student develop a better understanding of the Japanese people and language. By living and learning in Japan, students at the center experience the "real Japan" together with a wide cross-section of people from other countries and cultures. The result is a dynamic group of students from many different backgrounds united in their goal to discover Japan. You can learn more about Nanzan's unique offerings from the on-line Nanzan brochure.

Nagoya City

Located between Tokyo and Osaka, Nagoya offers an ideal city for either a semester or year of Japanese study, but also a great base to explore Japan. With a population of almost two million, Nagoya is Japan's fourth largest city, and it offers many of the attractions such as the Nagoya Castle, many museums and theaters, and the stunning town of Korankei, with its beautiful fall foliage. During their time in Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture, UMBC students can also explore nearby destinations such as the Kiso Valley, the historically preserved village of Takayama, as well as the Gero Onsen hot springs. Learn more about the city of Nagoya here.

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UMBC students at Nanzan University will take one of six levels of intensive Japanese language instructions during their time in Japan. The lowest level is geared for students who have taken through the 200-levels at UMBC with the final course level will be determined upon taking a placement exam upon arrival. In addition to eight credits of intensive Japanese per semester, students also take elective courses in Japanese culture, politics, history, traditional arts and business in English, for a maximum of 17 credits per semester. You can learn more about the course offerings at Nanzan University from the course program of the Center for Japanese Studies web site. 


Nanzan University offers several accommodation options for its exchange students. For students wishing to have a truly integrated Japanese-langauge experience, a home-stay option may be your best option. Nanzan University carefully selects families who wish to share Japanese language and culture with international students. These families live throughout the  Nagoya metropolitan area, so students may experience the typical Japanese university experience of community 30 to 60 minutes by subway and bus to get to campus. Students can also opt to apply for on-campus accommodation, but there is always greater demand for on-campus accommodation than there is space. Students can learn more about accommodation options at Nanzan in the accommodation brochure.

Program Requirements

Terms: Fall, Spring or Academic Year
GPA: Minimum of a 3.0, at least Japanese 202 by the time of departure for Nagoya. 

How To Apply

There are several steps you must complete before you can apply to a Study Abroad program. After you have completed all of the first steps you can apply to this program by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. Please note that you must complete both UMBC's Study Abroad Office Application and all supplemental material submissions before the application deadline.  Please note there are limited spots available for each UMBC exchange.

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Getting Started
Study Abroad 101
Scheduling an appointment
Receiving Academic Credit while Abroad 
Financial Aid Transfer 
Health & Safety 
Parents & Family

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