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Nagoya University of Foreign Studies Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

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


Nagoya, Japan




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

Application Due:

12/20 priority deadline

3/1, 10/1

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

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 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.

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

Program details are found at our partner institution’s webpage. 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.

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 top five countries represented among the international students are US, China, Australia, France and UK. The area studies classes can also be attended by Japanese NUFS students as part of their General Education program. Interaction with NUFS undergraduates is also promoted through planned activities, including language lounges and cultural and social gatherings.


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.

Although homestay is not a living option, the local international associations sometimes offer weekend visit opportunities in a Japanese home."

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 2.8.

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 NUF's.

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 Fall of 2013 - IA Residents and Cost Sheet for Spring of 2014 - Non-IA Residents. 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 February 18 for academic year beginning in September.
For spring semester, or calendar year late March through January, the application deadline is October 1.
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 NUF's exchange will then be asked to complete UI's online study abroad application and then NUF'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.