Study Abroad in Nagoya, Japan


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 University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) and Nanzan University.


Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS)

The Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) was founded in 1988 with a focus on language learning and international studies. Located in Nisshin, about 15 miles from the center of Nagoya, NUFS has an enrollment of 4,000 students, each one engaged in some aspect of international studies. 

Academic  Program

Students will take classes in the NUFS Global Japan Program, which offers a combination of intensive and non-intensive Japanese language classes, and content classes taught in English. Students will typically combine classes from both areas, although an intensive language-only track is available.

The Japanese Language Courses (JLC)  component offers Japanese language classes on various levels – from beginner to pre-advanced. With the maximum of 12 students in a class, the courses are characterized by thorough support and supervision provided to students by highly qualified Japanese language instructors. In the Global Japan Studies Course component (GJSC), international and domestic students alike deepen their understanding of global society from two angles – Japan from the World Perspective and the World from Japan’s Perspective – with the purpose of utilizing what they have learned in their future careers. The GJSC classes can be categorized into two thematic blocks: language and culture, and business and society. These classes offer a wide variety of topics focusing on the historic heritage and traditional culture of Central Japan and the Tokai Region with its center in Nagoya, as well as the technological innovation and corporate management in the local manufacturing industry with Toyota as its most prominent example.

Link to classes

Housing and Meals

Students will be able to select from one of three accommodation options, all of which are self-catering with kitchen facilities:  the new NUFS Global Village; the NUFS International House (I-House); and the NUFS-NUAS Residence. Students will be responsible for their own meals, and will pay costs for housing directly to NUFS. More information about each of these options can found here.


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.

Academic  Program

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 : 3.0

Language : Must have completed level 102* of college Japanese.

*For students fulfilling the requirements of a language major or minor, or the International Studies major, the completion of 202 or equivalent in the appropriate language and a 3.0 GPA average in language classes are required prior to beginning the program. 

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

Important Dates

  • Advising Appointment : During Fall Semester
  • Application Deadline : February 10

Program Dates :

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS)

  • Fall: late August until mid December
  • Spring: mid March until early July

Nanzan University

  • Fall: mid-September until late December
  • Spring: early April until mid/end July