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Nanzan University

Program Location Nagoya, Japan
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20206
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
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Nanzan University
Nagoya Castle

Since its founding in 1974, the Nanzan Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) 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 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.

Nanzan University is a private university of 5,000 students with a modern campus situated in the rolling hills overlooking the metropolitan city of Nagoya. Founded in 1946 as a college of foreign languages, Nanzan University has grown into one of the most prestigious universities in the Tokai region.

Nagoya is the fourth largest city in Japan, with well over 8 million people.  It is a port and commercial center that was extensively rebuilt after heavy bomb damage during World War II.  Today Nagoya is a booming modern city that still houses some memorials of its ancient past including one of Japan's most famous and ancient Shinto shrines. Tokyo is two hours away by express train and to Kyoto it is less than one hour.


NOTE:  Nanzan University's calendar is similar to most US universities:  September - December (fall) and January - May (spring).  The preference is for academic year students unless there are no AY applicants, in which case semester-only applicants will be considered.  Nanzan will accept only one student from Purdue for the academic year (or one each for fall and spring).

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Nanzan University
Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan

Japanese majors who are Indiana residents will receive preference for the one study place.  Students are eligible if they

  1. have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0;
  2. have reached at least sophomore standing by the start of the program;
  3. have completed at least two semesters of college level Japanese.

Proficiency in Japanese is not required for admission to the program, but students will be required to enroll in intensive Japanese classes which make up the major part of the Nanzan curriculum. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

Those who do not meet the eligibility requirements should investigate the IES.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 2 sem Japanese

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]
Specifically from: Japanese

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

This program is for a full academic year.  Participants must enroll in between 14 and 18 credit hours each semester. Enrollment in a Japanese language class is required; students may choose from lecture courses in Japanese area studies.

NOTE: Apply early! Only one Purdue students can study at Nanzan each academic year through this exchange program. Students may apply to Nanzan for a semester, but students applying for the academic year will receive priority.
CJS believes that communication is the key to understanding any culture, and so the Japanese courses at Nanzan stress the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Intensive courses are offered in elementary, intermediate and advanced Japanese. The lecture courses are taught in English and the subject matter is often placed within a wider Asian context. More advanced students can take a series of seminars conducted in Japanese. Topics might include readings in the social sciences, Japanese literature, translation and classical Japanese.

The academic program is complemented by group excursions designed to enhance knowledge from the classroom. Trips may include a visit to a small village, a local industry, such as the Toyota Motor Corporation, or a chance to experience the peace and discipline of Zen at a Buddhist monastery.


Students can choose to live with a Japanese family in Nagoya, to find their own apartment, or to stay in a privately managed dormitory in the area. In addition, male students may be accommodated in the Johanekan, a university student dormitory for men which is located within walking distance of the university. Nanzan encourages students to choose a housing option that facilitates daily contact with the Japanese.

Housing will be arranged for exchange students through the CJS based on information supplied by the students. However, Nanzan cannot guarantee the student's first choice will be met.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2015

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance$150.00
Round-trip Airfare$1,250.00
Local Transportation$600.00
Books and Supplies$250.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $2,000.00 -$3,500.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Academic Year Exchange Feb 1
Spring Semester Exchange Sep 15

Returnees Information
Nanzan University
Students enjoying Nanzan's lush grounds

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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