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University of Nanzan Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Nagoya, Japan




Minimum 3.0 GPA, two semesters of college level Japanese, completed 1 semester of residence at University of Iowa.

Application Due:

12/20 priority deadline

3/1, 7/30

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

This reciprocal exchange program between the University of Iowa and Nanzan University in Nagoya allows up to two UI students to undertake a year of study at Nanzan's Center for Japanese Studies. Semester study may be an option. Living options include a Home Stay Program that places the student in a Japanese home as a family member or residence hall accommodations. The exchange is suitable for students of any major interested in developing fluency in Japanese language.

The program fee for study on Reciprocal exchange is based on 12 s.h. of your regular UI tuition. UI students earn transfer credit on this option of direct enrollment in the program of a Japanese University.

Academic Program

Students remain registered at the University of Iowa while enrolling in classes at the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan. The schedule includes an intensive Japanese language class earning 8 sh each semester, and additional lecture classes or seminars in humanities and social sciences taught in English. Practical classes in Japanese arts are also offered. Students are required to carry between 14 and 18 semester hours of credit each semester.

Information about how language credit earned at Nanzan integrates with the UI curriculum is available from the exchange program adviser in the Study Abroad office.

Program Dates

The calendar of Nanzan's Center for Japanese Studies matches the U.S. academic calendar closely. Semesters run September to December, and January to mid-May.

For More Information

Program details are found at our partner institution’s webpage. Click on Japanese Language Program. Please also see the current CJS Online Brochure for further specific details about the program .

Students must meet with the program adviser in the UI Study Abroad office to discuss the procedures for Reciprocal exchange. Additional information and binders with comments from prior participants can also be consulted in our Resource Room.

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

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.


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.

Living Arrangements

Students have a choice between home stay as a family member in a Japanese home or residence hall accommodations. They will be asked to state their preference on their application. Every effort will be made to accommodate this preference, but spaces in either option are limited.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Nagoya by the required date. Information for arrival will be provided by the host university’s International Office.


This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, both overall and in Japanese language courses; must have one year of college Japanese or more; and have completed at least one semester in residence at the University of Iowa. Preference will be given to students with a strong record in Japanese.

The number of participants is limited by reciprocity in the numbers to be exchanged and meeting the minimum requirement for eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The final decision on admissions rests with Nanzan University.

Students who meet/exceed the GPA requirement must still be in good disciplinary standing in order to be eligible. No exceptions will be made on the disciplinary standing requirement.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the Cost Sheet for Spring of 2014. This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date $500
Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date $1000
Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date $2000
Less than 14 days before the program start date 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

Application deadline is March 1 for academic year beginning in September.
For spring semester, or calendar year late March through January, the application deadline is September 15.
Interested students should consult with the Japan adviser in Study Abroad as early as possible.

How to Apply

The application process begins with a Preliminary Application for Japan Exchanges - received when you make an appointment with the study abroad advisor. Students nominated for the Nanzan exchange will then be asked to complete UI's online study abroad application and then Nanzan University’s Exchange Student Application.

Upon acceptance, students will receive Pre-departure information directly from the host university.

Prior to departure, students also attend a general TIPS orientation for UI Students Studying Abroad. In addition, the exchange program adviser provides cultural notes and individualized information about billing and credit procedures at Iowa.