Study Abroad in Nagoya, Japan

                                                      Nagoya Gakuin University, Nagoya

Program Information Requirements
Nagoya Gakuin University Important Dates
Nanzan University  


Program Information

The City of Nagoya is a major metropolitan area in central Japan with a population of over two million. It is the urban center of Aichi prefecture, which has one of Japan's major ports and major industries such as Toyota and Mitsubishi manufacturing. Excellent air, road and rail services provide convenient access to all points. Nagoya is noted for its comprehensive city planning projects. Its history dates back to the 17th century, when Tokugawa Ieyasu, the general who unified Japan, built a castle in Nagoya.

Pacific offers two study sites in Nagoya, at Nagoya Gakuin University and Nanzan University.

Nagoya Gakuin University

The new state-of-the-art campus of Nagoya Gakuin University (NGU) is located in Hibino, just minutes by subway from the vibrant central area of Nagoya City. The campus offers excellent computer and classroom facilities, and a new sports hall.


The Institute for Japanese Studies at NGU offers five levels of intensive Japanese language studies, as well as a broad range of Japanese studies classes in English covering such areas as Japanese history, religion, and environment. Elementary Japanese is designed for students who know at least 100 basic kanji, as well as hiragana and katakana. Pre-Intermediate Japanese is designed to offer further practice in ordinary conversation so that students will be able to communicate socially using polite expressions. Students will be able to write simple sentences (using 500 kanji) by the end of the class. Intermediate Japanese prepares students to be able to carry on natural conversation with a large vocabulary and complex sentence structure. Pre-Advanced Japanese is designed to give further practice so that students can deal with different levels of speech in longer conversation. Students will read newspaper and magazine articles using 1500 kanji. All IJS students must take a placement test at the beginning of each term and will be placed in a Japanese language course according to their test scores.

Housing and Meals 

Students typically will be housed with other international students in apartments in the International Seminar House, which adjoins the main campus. No meals are provided with this program.

Nanzan University

Nanzan University is a private university with over 5,000 students drawn primarily from Aichi prefecture and the surrounding area. It has a reputation as one of the leading universities in the Nagoya region, and is particularly strong in language education, international studies, and economics.

The Center for Japanese Studies is an integral part of the university. It enrolls over 100 students from twenty different countries, with the majority coming from the U.S. In addition to its academic program centered on comprehensive language training, the center administers the Home Stay Program, provides orientation and academic advising, offers information on alternative housing options, and organizes student excursions.


Students may register for any course offered by the Center for Japanese Studies. Students take Japanese language classes according to their level. They can also attend courses in Japanese and Asian culture, politics, economy, society, religions, literature and history, which are conducted in English. Students will take language courses in the morning and Japanese area studies, seminars and art courses in the afternoon.

Housing and Meals

The program provides the option of home-stays, off-campus international residence halls, and private dormitories. Students living with host families will eat meals with their families, while those living in dormitories are responsible for their own meals. Depending on dormitory facilities, students can cook their own meals or dine in nearby restaurants.


Minimum GPA: 2.75 for Nagoya Gakuin, and 3.0 for Nanzan.

Language: Must have completed level 102 of college Japanese, with a minimum 3.0 GPA in Japanese.

Must have attended Pacific University full-time for at least one semester.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: February 14th, 2014

Program Dates:

    Nagoya Gakuin University

    Nanzan University