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NUFS Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Calendar year March to December; semester September – December; March – July.


Nagoya, Japan




Minimum 2.8 GPA and one semester at the University of Iowa; strong record in Japanese language study.

Application Due:


Program Cost:

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This reciprocal exchange program between the University of Iowa and Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) allows up to four UI students to undertake a year of study at NUFS’ Japanese Language Institute. Semester study may be an option. Participating students will be invited to apply for a position as monitor in the English language Lounge. The program fee for study on ISEP exchange is based on 12 s.h. of your regular UI tuition. UI students earn transfer credit on this option of direct enrollment in a program of a Japanese university.

The exchange is suitable for students of any major interested in developing fluency in Japanese language.

Academic Program

Students remain registered at the University of Iowa while enrolling in the Japanese Language and Japanese Studies Program (JLJSP) at NUFS. The schedule includes 12 sh of intensive Japanese language study each semester; students are required to take one additional Japanese culture class during their first semester there, and may add supplementary 2 sh area studies classes taught in English, as desired. Students carry between 14 sh and 18 sh of credit per semester.

Prior Japanese language study is required. Information about how language credit earned at NUFS integrates with the UI curriculum is available from the exchange program adviser in the UI Study Abroad office.

Program Dates

JLJSP runs on the Japanese academic calendar. Year study beginning in September ends in mid-July with an eight week "summer break" in February and March. Year study to coincide with the local calendar runs mid-March through December. Semester only study may be an option.

For More Information

Review program materials on the shelves in the Study Abroad office and schedule an appointment with the adviser for the Japan exchanges to discuss your interest.

The Japanese Language Institute

The Japanese Language Institute was established to bring visiting international students to campus while providing them a course of studies in Japanese language at various levels and/or Japan area studies taught in English. The area studies classes are also attended by NUFS students as part of their General Education program. Numerous planned activities, including language lounges and cultural and social gatherings, promote interaction with NUFS undergraduates.


The city of Nagoya, completely rebuilt after the war, is noted for its comprehensive city planning projects. It is Japan's fourth largest city, home to industrial powerhouse Toyota, and capital of Aichi prefecture, located in the central Honshu region. Excellent air, road and rail services provide convenient access to all points. Its history dates back to the 17th century, when Tokugawa Ieyasu, the general who unified Japan, built a castle in Nagoya.

Living Arrangements

Living options include single rooms at International House, NUFS' on campus dormitory where international and Japanese students mix. Housing in studio apartments in a private apartment house within walking distance from campus may also be available.

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.


Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.8 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 by the numbers to be exchanged and meeting the minimum requirement for eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program.


On this one-for-one exchange, cost is based on your regular UI tuition. Added expenses include airfare, local housing and living expenses, visa fees, and a UI administrative fee.

How to Apply

To be considered for placement on reciprocal exchange, students complete a Japan Exchanges Preliminary Application form, due in December of the year prior to the desired academic year’s session abroad. Beyond that initial deadline, applications will be reviewed as received until spaces are filled.

Final nominees will be selected in consultation with the faculty in the UI Asian Languages and Literature department. Students nominated for the NUFS exchange will be asked to complete additional forms including an application from the International Studies and Exchange office at NUFS. The final admissions decision rests with NUFS.

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.

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