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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 08/30/2019 ** Varies 01/14/2020 05/19/2020

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Candice Snowden Click here for a definition of this term Who Can Apply?: UMA only
Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Art, Art History, Asian & Asian American Studies, Communication, Economics, History, International Business, International Relations, Japanese Languages & Literature, Legal Studies, Linguistics, Management, Political Science, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology Click here for a definition of this term Key Word Search: Asian Studies, Budget Friendly, Language Intensive
Click here for a definition of this term Host Institution: Nanzan University Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English, Japanese
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 2 College-Level Semesters Click here for a definition of this term Language Credits Available: 6 credits +
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term In Classes With: Mostly US Students Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 1st Semester Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Application Includes: Language Recommendation Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Family Home Stay, Residence Hall
Program Description:

Nanzan University's Center for Japanese Studies offers intensive Japanese language and Japanese Studies courses at its suburban Nagoya campus which is home to world-famous linguistic faculty. Highlights include Japanese Arts courses for credit, 15 hours/week of Japanese language at every level, an excellent homestay program and student club activities. The program is available for the year, fall or spring semester.


Nagoya CastleNanzan is located in the rolling hills overlooking metropolitan Nagoya and the nearby cities of Toyota and Seto on the outskirts of Nagoya.

Nagoya boasts a proud history. The famous shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa, was a native of the area and it was in Nagoya that he built a great castle for his ninth son. Today the Greater Nagoya area is home to over 7 million people, and in recent years the region has been one of the main focal points of development in the country, symbolized by the holding of the 2005 World Expo with sites at Nagoya and Seto and by the opening in February 2005 of Centrair Airport, the new international airport constructed outside Nagoya to cater for the growing communication needs of the Central Japan region. 


All students studying at Nanzan's CJS take at a minimum of 8 credits of language each semester (Japanese for Communication (5 credits) and Japanese Reading and Writing (3 credits)), and can also take a 1-credit project work course. Students choose the rest of their courses from the Japanese Seminar courses taught mainly in Japanese (translation, classical Japanese, creative writing, academic writing, etc), Japanese Area Studies (business, history, literature, culture, linguistics, etc), Open Courses (fall semester only) taught for regular Nanzan students and CJS students, and mostly in English, and practical courses in Japanese Arts in flower arranging, calligraphy, woodblock printing, tea ceremony and Chinese ink painting. 

Living Arrangements

Nanzan has a robust homestay program, and recruits families from its alumni and others living within a 90 minute commute of campus. There are also two international student dormitories near campus that provide single rooms with shared baths and kitchen facilities. 


MEXT and JASSO Scholarships are available to students who wish to study at Nanzan. The application materials are available from the Asia Programs Advisor, and must be submitted with the Nanzan application materials by March 31 or August 31. MEXT Scholarships provide international airfare and a monthly stipend of about $1000. JASSO scholarships provide a monthly stipend of about $700. 

See the Center for Japanese Studies brochure for additional information on courses, housing, the academic calendar, financial matters, health insurance and more.

Application Deadline

Students applying to any of the UMass-sponsored Japanese exchange sites must first meet with the Asia Programs Advisor in February for Academic Year admission and in September for Spring admission. HOWEVER, Nanzan has a very early application period for the spring semester (August 1-31). Students who wish to study at Nanzan in the spring semester should contact the Asia Programs Advisor no later than August 9 to undergo an accelerated screening process to ensure they are able to complete the Nanzan application in a timely manner.   

Nanzan Application
Nanzan has an online application process. Students must use the exchange application link provided by the Asia Programs Advisor to start their Nanzan applications; students who use the link on the Nanzan website will be charged an application fee. The application requires entering of personal data, and uploading a transcript and a bank balance statement, among other documents. Students should print the pages from the online application and review them with the Asia Programs Advisor before submitting them online. Once the documents are submitted online, students should print the pages as directed and bring complete application packets including two letters of recommendation  and scholarship applications to the Exchange Coordinator for mailing to CJS. Application packages must be post marked by August 31 or March 31.