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Northwestern and Japan

Northwestern and Japan

Northwestern has a long relationship with Japan which is quite evident today. We have partnerships with several universities in Japan that serve Northwestern students in a wide range of fields, from medicine to business. We also have close to 1,400 alumni living in Japan, which helps deepen our partnerships.


Partner InstitutionPartner Type & Sponsor
Keio University: Graduate School of Business
Keio University: School of Medicine
Ritsumeikan University
  • Cooperative Agreement > Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Research > McCormick School of Engineering

Units and Groups

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers an education in the languages, cultures, and literature of Asia. Students acquire linguistic and transcultural competence in one or more regions of Asia and get to know Asia as a dynamic site of international cultural relations.
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Asian Studies Graduate Cluster

Faculty in the Asian Studies Graduate Cluster (ASGC) offer comprehensive yet focused exposure to Asian cultures, histories, and societies with an emphasis on transdisciplinary research and methodologies. The program trains students in advanced research and interdisciplinary studies across the humanities and social sciences.
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Student Groups

  • Japan Club
  • Northwestern Anime Club
  • Japanese American Student Association
  • Karate Club
  • Treblemakers
  • Asian Pacific American Coalition
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Northwestern students from Japan enrich our community by bringing their culture and heritage to campus, while Northwestern students in Japan get to experience that culture firsthand.

  • 12 Northwestern students in Japan:
  • 6 Undergraduate
  • 6 Graduate

Northwestern students in Japan include 6 undergraduates on affiliated programs, 5 medical students on clinical rotations, and 1 MBA student on an exchange program.

  • 58 students from Japan at Northwestern:
  • 6 Undergraduate
  • 11 Masters
  • 41 Doctoral
For historical data, visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website.


1,400+Northwestern alumni are based in Japan.

The NU Club of Japan and the Kellogg Alumni Club of Japan offer social and networking opportunities to keep alumni connected to Northwestern and fellow alumni in Japan. Other ways to get and stay involved can be found here.

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Due to the irregularities in student mobility caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this document contains data from 2019, the last full academic year prior to the imposed travel restrictions. All other information is up to date as of September 2021. For questions or comments about the information listed here, please contact Janka Pieper, Director of Communications.