Nanzan University- Summer Japanese Program

Program Details

Program Location Nagoya, Japan
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Direct Enroll
Course # SA 20206
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 06/03/24 to 07/31/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Nanzan University- Summer Japanese Program

The sunny Nanzan Campus

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!

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.

Students on the Nanzan Summer Japanese Program spend 8 weeks in Japan, studying Japanese language and experiencing historical Japanese culture.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Nanzan University- Summer Japanese Program

The city of Nagoya

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing 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: 0-5 Sem Japanese

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]
Specifically from: JPNS (CLA)

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 the summer program 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.

Accommodating up to 70 students, the Nanzan summer program offers an 8-week intensive Japanese language program.

Six levels of classes are offered, from beginner to pre-advanced. You can also choose to take Japanese Seminar, Open, Japan Studies and Japanese Arts classes. Students who complete all 4 art courses that are offered will receive 2 credits. Note that you are expected to know both hiragana and katakana to join the lowest-level language class, Summer Japanese 1. According to Purdue Policy, students must take at least the equivalent of 6 Purdue credits.


Nanzan hosts field trips as part of the program. On these field trips, you'll have the opportunity to visit famous cultural spots around Nagoya, such as Takayama and the Toyota Plant, as well as go to events such as the Grand Sumo Tournament.

To read more about excursions, visit this link.


Students can choose to live in the university dormitories or in a homestay. For additional information on housing at Nanzan, visit this link.


There are four types of university-owned dormitories. Each housing program has its uniqueness and is designed to create a supportive environment for students. Living with students from various countries and local students provides students with a memorable and unique experience.


Students placed with a host family are able to enjoy experiences not available to students living in a dormitory or a rented room, such as participation in traditional Japanese celebrations. Students are provided with their own bedrooms. Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) are also provided by the host family.

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.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2023

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and the Host University
Program Fee $2,000.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance $250.00
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Housing $900.00
Books and Supplies $50.00
Meals $1,000.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,000.00
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
Summer Feb 1

Returnees Information

Nanzan University- Summer Japanese Program

Japan Plaza, to practice language skills

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