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Nanzan University- Summer Japanese Program

Program Location Nagoya, Japan
Sponsor Unsponsored
Program Type Direct Enroll
Course # SA 20206
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2020 06/03/20 to 08/03/20

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Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Nanzan University- Summer Japanese Program
The skyline of the city of Nagoya

APPLY EARLY!  The program deadline is February 1.  The formal application procedure to Nanzan is lengthy involving several steps. 

From modest beginnings as a College of Foreign Languages in 1946, Nanzan took the small step to a single Faculty of Arts and Letters in 1949 and has since grown into a full-fledged university with seven faculties and a worldwide reputation for academic excellence.  The University has eleven centers dedicated to research, including three research institutes and four area studies centers.  Nanzan University has the advantage of a low student:teacher ratio. Small classes and seminars provide an effective setting for interpersonal communication through which human dignity becomes a lived experience and an international outlook develops naturally. Undergraduate enrollment is presently limited to around 9,000, reflecting Nanzan's resistance to the mass-education approach

Nanzan University is located in Nagoya City in Aichi Prefecture.  Aichi is situated right in the middle of the Japanese archipelago that stretches from north to south, making it an ideal location for studying the Japanese language and experiencing Japanese life and culture. The capital of Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya City, is a highly modernized city. Nanzan University is based in the quiet eastern area of Nagoya known as an educational, cultural and residential zone of the city. Its campuses are surrounded by greenery, creating a pleasant, urban park-like atmosphere. Nagoya is one of the leading metropolises of international trade, industry and culture in Japan.

The Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University, renowned as a leader in the field of Japanese language education for more than 40 years, is now offering a revamped intensive summer program. 

Beginning summer 2018, the summer program will be for eight weeks and will be able to accommodate up to 70 students.  There are additional courses and even a 4-week internship opportunity for qualified students.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Nanzan University- Summer Japanese Program
Summer program students are all smiles

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.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 0-4 Sem Japanese or none

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

Students will earn 6 credits on this program. They are required to take an Intensive Japanese course for which they will earn 4 credits and a content course worth two credits.

Participants can choose one of three available content courses:

  • Japanese Studies has two components:  Contemporary Japanese Politics and Economy and Japanese Culture with a particular focus on representative works of Japanese literature.
  • Introduction to Global Studies
  • Introduction to Sustainable Studies

The Japanese language course meets Monday through Friday mornings for three hours.  Content courses meet in the afternoons.  Wednesday and Friday afternoons are reserved for field trips and other social activities.

The program also offers optional optional non-credit Japanese Language Seminars (Business Japanese or Japanese in Volunteering) and a short course on Japanese Arts.

Advanced learners may apply for the Internship program which consists of taking intensive advanced Japanese during the first 4 weeks of the program and a 60-hr, 4-week internship in the second half of the program.

In addition, program participants will meet Nanzan students at the Japan Plaza, where only Japanese may be spoken.

There are field trips in the program that provide students with an opportunity to visit famous cultural spots around Nagoya such as Shirakawa-go and the Toyota Museum, as well as go to events such as the Grand Sumo Tournament.


Students have a choice of staying at Nanzan University’s international student dormitory for Japanese and foreign students, staying with Japanese host families, or arranging their own accommodation. Preferences for housing arrangements will be asked in the online application.

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 2019

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and the Host University
Program Fee$2,300.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.40
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,500.00
Books and Supplies$50.00
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 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 online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

This program has a February 1 deadline. 
Program Application Deadline
Feb 1

Returnees Information
Nanzan University- Summer Japanese Program
Nagoya Castle is an important landmark

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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