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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 1,450 alumni living in Japan, which helps deepen our partnerships.


Partner InstitutionPartner Type & Sponsor
Hitotsubashi University: Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy
Keio University: Graduate School of Business
Keio University: School of Medicine
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 Program

Through the study of a relevant language -- Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, or Korean -- and coursework in history, the humanities, and the social sciences, students gain a sophisticated critical understanding of a specific Asian region -- East, South, or Southeast -- or country. Students also learn to examine the world through the lens of another language and culture.
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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.

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

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

For historical data, visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website.

  • 44 students from Japan at Northwestern:
  • 8 Undergraduate
  • 19 Masters
  • 17 Doctoral


1,380+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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This webpage contains data from the 2019-2020 academic year. Data from 2019-2020 will be released in the fall of 2020. For questions or comments about the information listed on this webpage, please contact Janka Pieper, Director of Communications.