Is this Program Right for You?
Experience one of Japan's most exciting cities located right in the heart of central Japan--Nagoya! Japan is a place of dynamic contrasts; an ultra-modern, high-tech urban lifestyle intermingled with a beautiful and rich traditional culture. One of Japan's major cultural and economic centers conveniently located between the major cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, Nagoya has a rich and important history and is known as the main gateway to the beautiful regions of central Japan. AU students now can experience this extraordinary country firsthand through study abroad for either fall or spring semesters or a full year (or also for a summer language program) at Nanzan University, one of Japan's most prestigious universities, located just outside of the Nagoya city center.
From modest beginnings as a College of Foreign Languages in 1946, Nanzan has since grown into a fully-fledged university with a worldwide reputation for academic excellence. The Center for Japanese Studies, or CJS as it is better known, was established at Nanzan over thirty years ago, and is one of the oldest and most renowned programs for Japanese studies and language. 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.
AU students directly enroll in Nanzan University's CJS Program for a semester or full year and earn full AU credit. The CJS Program is focused on courses in Japanese Studies and Japanese Language, along with elective courses in a variety of Japan area studies subjects. Students are required to take each semester an intensive 8 credits of Japanese language classes. There is also an additional optional 1-credit Japanese Language Project Work course. Students will take a Japanese language proficiency exam upon arrival to identify their appropriate level.
In addition to the required language courses, students can select from a wide variety of Japanese seminar courses (requires a high language proficiency) or lecture courses in Japanese Area Studies taught in English. Students typically take at least 2-3 lecture courses, along with the language course, each semester on the program. On top of this, there are practical courses in Japanese arts and other open course options taught in English taken with the local Japanese students.
For more information on the academic structure of the program and course offerings please see the detailed Course Guide at the Nanzan University CJS website
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
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. The campus is located on a hill about 20-25 minutes outside of the city center by subway and is surrounded by greenery, creating a pleasant, urban park-like atmosphere.
Campus life at Nanzan is very active, versatile, fun and fulfilling. There are numerous cultural programs, extra-curricular activities, clubs and sports teams that students can become involved in.
Housing and Meals
Nanzan offers both on campus dormitory housing and also a homestay program. Upon acceptance into the CJS Program, students will receive information from Nanzan on applying for their desired housing option. Students should budget independently for meals.
The Nanzan University CJS program is available for the Fall semester, Spring semester or Full Year. Among the Japan program options, the Nanzan CJS program is unique in that it follows a more American-style academic calendar, which enables students to study on a semester basis there. Please see the Nanzan website for specific program dates.