IES-Nagoya: Nanzan University

Program Details

Program Location Nagoya, Japan
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33015
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2025 01/01/25 to 05/23/25
Fall 2024 09/06/24 to 12/26/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/01/24 to 05/22/24
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IES-Nagoya: Nanzan University

Nagoya is often referred to as geidokoro, a center for art and culture. First-time visitors to Japan may not be as familiar with this city, but Nagoya is the perfect place to experience daily life like a local Japanese student. Countless cultural traditions began here and have been passed down for generations—so you won’t want to miss the many rituals and festivals that take place throughout the area.

Along with its cultural traditions, Nagoya is an important port city and industrial center with major international businesses having a presence here. Not only is it easy to get around the city, its central location in Japan makes it easy to explore Tokyo, Osaka, and more.

IES Nagoya offers students excellent learning opportunities at Nanzan University, one of Japan's leading educational institutions. Nanzan University is a distinguished private university situated on a wooded campus on a hill above Nagoya. Its Center for Japanese Studies specializes in intensive Japanese language study as well as Japanese area studies courses taught in English.


For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


IES-Nagoya: Nanzan University

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

NOTE:  All students must have mastered hiragana and katakana before arrival.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 1 Sem Japanese

Purdue Credit

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

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

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture through full-time enrollment at the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University. A distinguished private university, Nanzan University offers excellent learning opportunities to expand your Japanese language skills and cultural knowledge.

In addition to required intensive Japanese language classes (worth 8 credits), you will choose from a range of CJS English-taught course offerings in Literature, Business, and History. You can also enjoy hands-on instruction in Japanese arts, such as ikebana, shodo, hanga, and odori. Students with very advanced language skills are encouraged to enroll in seminars taught in Japanese with local students.

Nagoya will be your classroom. You can easily find opportunities to apply your lessons when you explore popular local sites, such as the Atsuta Shrine and Higashiyama Park. Visit some of the city’s many museums, like the Toyota Automobile Museum or the Tokugawa Art Museum. Everything you do will be part of your learning experience.

For more information click here.


Excursions are subject to change.

Even though your adventure starts in Nagoya, IES field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are subsidized by IES Abroad. Click here for possible destinations.

In addition to the IES Abroad trips, the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) offers international students day trips and study tours each term. Past trips have included visits to see kabuki, Nagoya Castle, and tour the Toyota Motors Assembly Plant. CJS-organized trips are an additional cost.


As part of the program, IES will arrange housing for you in conjunction with Nanzan University. Options include homestays or dormitories. Click here for more information.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
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.

The IES program fees include: tuition, on-site orientation, & field trips. Some housing options carry additional fees, and some housing options include partial meal plans. Please refer to the IES website for details.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $15,075.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,020.00
Insurance $255.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $1,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $2,400.00
Local Transportation $450.00
Visa $44.00
Books and Supplies $300.00
Meals $3,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,600.00
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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online 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
IES-Nagoya Fall Semester and Academic Year program Feb 1
IES-Nagoya Spring Semester Program Aug 15

Returnees Information

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