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Nanzan University, Japan

Course work is taken at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, and includes Japanese language study and additional appropriate courses with English as the language of instruction.

Study Abroad in Japan Fall 2021 at Nanzan University! The application for Fall opens on March 1 and must be completed by by March 20, 2022.

Nanzan University welcomes all of the exchange students to Intensive Japanese Program.

Select "IJP when completing the application

Here're the application Guide, Recommendation Letter form, and online application link (being available on March 1st)

For more information contact:
Professor Stephen Filler

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Where you will Be

Nanzan University is located in the quiet eastern area of Nagoya city, the third largest city in Japan. The Nanzan University area is known as an “education, cultural and residential zone.” It is 25 minutes subway ride to the center of the city, where cultural and commercial establishments are clustered. Students have the option of living in a privately-run dormitory, Off-Campus International Residence (run by Nanzan), or with a host family. As another option, a student can rent an apartment.

What You Will Do and learn
What you will do

Nagoya is one of the major commercial and cultural centers in Japan. The world headquarters of Toyota is located in the same prefecture. Nagoya is also known for its traditional handicrafts, festivals and food. By bullet train, to Tokyo is 1 hour and 40 minutes, 50 minutes to Kyoto, 1 hour to Osaka, and 1 hour and 40 minutes to the scenic Japan Alps area. During the breaks and holidays, students have easy access to nearby cities and historic towns. About once a month there is some form of exchange activity with Japanese students.

In addition to going to watch kabuki, experiencing Zen meditation, and visiting the Toyota Motor Corporation automobile manufacture plant, there are bus trips to facilitate exchange with other foreign undergraduate students or opportunities to play traditional Japanese games or participate in sports with local Japanese students.

These events and activities are designed to provide international students with an opportunity to deepen exchange with other foreign undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as with local Japanese students. International students have organized Nanzan University International Students Alumni Network (check

What you will learn

Six levels of Japanese language courses from elementary to advanced are offered. All four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are stressed. Students also learn about Japan by taking area studies and culture classes.


An exchange student should have a minimum GPA 2.8. For the fall semester enrollment, the application forms need to be submitted to the coordinator of the OU-Nanzan Program at Oakland University by March 1. For the winter semester enrollment (Nanzan University called OU’s winter semester “spring-semester”), the same should be submitted by August 1.

Housing, Food and Technology

Accommodation arrangements are on a semester basis and that full-year students may be asked to change quarters after their first semester at the Center. The housing fee, to be paid in advance to cover accommodation for the duration of the course, is ¥60,000 per month (about $600) regardless of the type of accommodation. Students who are housed in a dormitory or who did not request accommodation are refunded on a monthly basis, in accordance with university procedures for housing fee refunds, so that they can pay for their accommodation expenses. There are three types of accommodations:

  1. Homestay: Nanzan’s homestay program is one of the largest in Japan and has been extremely well received by numerous students at Center for Japanese Studies. Through the experience of sharing daily life with a Japanese family, Japanese culture can be learned first hand. These live-in situations also give everyone a precious opportunity to communicate across cultures and to make life-long friendships. For commuting fees to the university, a student will need to factor extra expenses.
  2. Off-Campus International Residences: Nanzan University runs two off-campus facilities, the Nagoya Koryu Kaikan and the Yamazato Koryu Kaikan. Both were founded to promote international understanding and cooperation through a live-in experience. The Nagoya Koryu Kaikan is especially unique: 3 international students and 1 Japanese student share a 4LDK apartment with each student having his/her own room. It is a 1 minute walk from campus, and the Yamazato Koryu Kaikan is a 5 minute walk from campus.
  3. Dormitory: There are several types of privately managed dormitories. The monthly fee depends on their facilities, utility bills, and the number of meals provided.
  4. Apartment: Students who prefer more independent lifestyle may rent an apartment. Students wishing to live in a furnished apartment are advised to prepare $7,500 to $10,000 for a nine-month stay, which includes rent, deposit, key money, utilities, and basic appliances.
About Exchange

OU exchange programs offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of a foreign country and to study with students from their host country at an OU partner institution. Exchange programs increase understanding and tolerance of other cultures, develop independence and confidence, improve language skills, and broaden social horizons.

Host institution exchange coordinators welcome students to the university campus and environs with an orientation. Participants live in student housing with other university students. Students pay OU tuition and get OU credit for classes taken while abroad and are eligible for OU scholarships and OU financial aid.

Exchange programs run a semester or full year, although the academic calendar at some of our partner institutions varies substantially from OU’s. Some programs offer summer classes. Many exchange programs expect students to be able to converse in the language of the host country. Most exchange students become fluent in the language of the host country within a few months.


Nanzan University, Nagoya Japan

Number of credits; 15-18
Month living costs (housing, meals and incidentals): $566
Airfare (estimate): $1,800
Local transportation: $100
Books and supplies: $200
Visa: Required for more than 90 days. Free for U.S. students.
Extra costs: OU Tuition based on number of credits; Health Surcharge: Required if in Japan more than 3 months. Costs $12-$28 per month.