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Program Description


Nanzan CJS Group Photo (SP16)
Photo courtesy of Nanzan University

Quick Facts

  • To receive priority consideration for this program, submit complete academic year and fall semester applications by February 1st and spring applications by July 1st.
  • Since the applications for Japanese exchange programs are lengthy and require multiple supporting documents, students should open the application AND meet with the International Coordinator no later than 2 weeks prior to the application deadline. Additionally, Japanese majors/minors are required to meet with a Japanese faculty member as part of the application process. This should be done as early as possible in the application process, before selecting a program. The names of approved faculty members are listed in the application; if you do not yet have an open application, contact the International Coordinator for more information.
  • Nanzan University is excellent for Japanese majors and other majors interested in Japanese or Asian culture, history, politics, language, art, business, and more!
  • Eligibility: Minimum cumulative GPA at ASU must be 3.0 or higher; must have a valid passport (must be valid for at least 6 months after end of program); demonstrated interest in Japanese language/culture; completed at least 1 college-level semester of Japanese language before attending Nanzan.
  • Note: Preference is given to Japanese majors and students applying for the entire academic year. The competitiveness of this exchange program is considered moderate depending on the level of student interest. Please contact the International Coordinator for more details.


Nanzan university map
Map courtesy of Nanzan University

Location Details

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. The name "Nanzan" is well known throughout the region, allowing Nanzan Gakuen to forge ever closer ties with the local community through its educational and research activities and its contributions to society.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

The Center for Japanese Studies, or CJS as it is better known, was established at Nanzan over thirty years ago. Its comprehensive program now encompasses not only language-related studies but also courses in area studies as well as practical courses in traditional arts. In addition to the Center's dedicated language teachers, specialists from the social sciences and the humanities from the University's regular faculties contribute to the teaching in the program.

Courses at the CJS provide an excellent introduction to Japanese language and culture, and fit well with the ASU Japanese major. Additionally, many culture, history, political studies, art, and other courses are taught in English. A complete list of courses, along with syllabi, can be found online.

CJS hosts between 150 and 200 students from around the world each year. This number is small enough that students have easy access to student support and assistance when required, yet large enough to allow for independence when desired. CJS students make up approximately 5% of the Nanzan student population, and are a visible student group around campus.

Course Levels:
Nanzan University does not use a number system to signify course levels.  Therefore, the numbers associated with courses will not indicate their level.  It is important to get syllabi evaluated in advance to determine course level.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at Nanzan University will convert to ASU credits and grades.

Photo courtesy of ASU Student J. Forester

Photo courtesy of Nanzan University



Japan Toukasan Festival

Program Housing

Students at Nanzan have the option of living in dorms or apartments with other students (a mix of international and local students), live with a local family, or find their own accommodations.  Family stay placement is not guaranteed, and is dependent on the number of placements and number of applicants; however, most ASU students who choose to live with a family find placement. Information about housing options, as well as other information on student life at Nanzan can be found online in the CJS brochure (click on Accommodation).

Please note that if accepted to the Nanzan program, the housing fee will be required, in-full shortly after acceptance and before receiving documents required for visa processing.  Please click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of the ASU Study Abroad Office


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Japanese lanterns
Photo courtesy of ASU Student C. Collier


Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following non-refundable fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $400 Administrative Fee
  • Mandatory Medical Insurance Fee*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the Medical Insurance Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration. 


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program




Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/15/2019
Rolling Admission 09/09/2019 05/19/2020
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by February 1. If space remains after the priority deadline, applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2019 02/15/2019
Rolling Admission 09/09/2019 12/18/2019
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by February 1. If space remains after the priority deadline, applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2020 07/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For consideration for this exchange, apply by July 1. This program has one deadline and late applications will not be accepted.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed