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Nagoya: Nanzan University

Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya, Japan

Program sponsor: IES Abroad

Nagoya Castle, Japan
Nagoya Castle, Japan

Direct enrollment at the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University through IES Abroad offers independent students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Japanese culture and university life. Nanzan's CJS specializes in intensive Japanese language study as well as area studies courses taught in English and provides field trips to cities of cultural and historical importance as an integral part of the program.

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Program Requirements


18 years of age, 3.0 cumulative GPA( GPAs under 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis); sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins


1 term or the equivalent of college-level Japanese; enrolled in a Japanese language course or independent study within the academic year prior to the program start date.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines. Please note the the winter/spring IES deadline is August 15.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Homestay, off-campus university residence hall for international students or private off-campus co-op houses.

Homestay housing details vary by family but you will have a single room, and eat breakfast and dinner each day with your host family and can purchase lunch at student cafeterias on campus, or in restaurants in the area.

Nanzan University runs two international residence halls a short distance from campus. Other residence halls (private) are located throughout Nagoya and specifically designed for students and young professionals. All offer single bedrooms with shared common spaces and bathrooms. Meals are not provided, but you will have access to a common kitchen.

Privately managed, single-sex co-op houses include facilities specifically designed for students and young professionals. All have private rooms and shared bathrooms with communal showers on each floor. Students pay for electricity in some of the privately managed residence halls and the co-ops.

Those with particularly high commuting costs receive a monthly stipend to help defray transportation expenses.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $28,175

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing & insurance: $4,490
  • Meals: $1,100
  • Airfare: $1,000
  • Local transportation: $300
  • Books & supplies: $225
  • Personal expenses: $2,100
  • Japanese health insurance: $150

Total: $9,365

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the IES Abroad website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated IES Abroad programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to an IES program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to IES to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your IES tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

IES Invoice

You will receive a separate invoice from IES for your housing and insurance abroad. It is your responsibility to pay IES directly by their deadline.

  • IES Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your IES invoice.
  • IES Scholarships: If you were awarded an IES scholarship, it will appear on your IES invoice, not on your Northwestern account.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly to IES.

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