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Nagoya University of Foreign Studies Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Calendar Year


Nagoya, Japan


- Transfer

- 12-18s.h. per semester


- 3.0 GPA

- Previous Japanese language study for JLJSP

Application Due:

- Fall Semester - 3/15

- Spring Semester - 10/1

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Main classroom building of the university

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

The Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) Exchange Program allows University of Iowa students to undertake either a semester or academic year of study at NUFS’ Japanese Language Institute (JLI). The JLI was established to provide the international students (primarily American, Chinese, Australian, French and British) on this extremely diverse and global campus with the option of either studying contemporary Japan in the Contemporary Japan Program in Nagoya (CJPN), or intensive Japanese language in the Japanese Language and Japanese Studies Program (JLJSP).

Academic Program

Overall, this exchange is suitable for students of any major interested in developing fluency in Japanese language and/or learning about contemporary Japan.

Most University of Iowa students apply for the JLJSP intensive language program in order to solely focus on their language learning. That is, after all, the primary focus of the JLI. Students wishing to apply for the JLJSP need only to have had first year, first semester of Japanese (or be able to test beyond that) in order to apply.

Those wishing to pursue the CJPN program do not need to have had any prior Japanese language exposure/experience.

Either program, the CJPN or the JLJSP, counts as an exchange program and therefore is based on University of Iowa tuition. That means that accepted students will register in a 12 s.h. (place-holder) course offered by the University of Iowa and pay the University of Iowa normal tuition. Accepted students then also register for between 14 sh and 18 sh of credit per semester at NUFS in either the CJPN or JLJSP but don't have to pay NUFS any tuition. Students will, however, be responsible for paying for their housing (to NUFS) and meals while on the program. Please see the "Application" Tab for further details.

Program Dates

Fall Semesters are typically from late August through mid December.

Spring Semesters are typically from early/mid March through early July.

View the respective CJPN or JLISP websites above for further information and specific dates.

For More Information

If you have questions or are ready to apply to this program, please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5). The Study Abroad receptionists can help you schedule an advising appointment.

The Japanese Language Institute

a very modern and swanky student lounge, bright colors and light wood

A Swanky Student Lounge

The Japanese Language Institute (JLI) was established to provide the international students (primarily American, Chinese, Australian, French and British) on campus with the option of either studying contemporary Japan in the Contemporary Japan Program in Nagoya (CJPN), or intensive Japanese language in the Japanese Language and Japanese Studies Program (JLJSP).

The CJPN is designed for students whose main objective is not primarily mastery of the Japanese language, but wish to examine contemporary Japan in the context of Asian Studies. The JLJSP is designed as an intensive language study program, and is typically the most popular with University of Iowa students. JLJSP students can also supplement their intensive language courses with Area Studies courses taught in English and Japanese.

The area studies classes can also be attended by Japanese NUFS students as part of their General Education program, which helps to facilitate interaction with native Japanese NUFS undergraduates. Other interaction with Japanese students 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 - which you can visit today (a reconstruction, but it's still very impressive).

Living Arrangements

two story dorms, with blooming cherry trees in front - spring day at the dorms

I-House Dorms

The Student Housing at NUFS is really quite great. Students have the option to stay at the International House - which is a dorm for international students -, or the Proxy Friends Nisshin - which is university affiliated apartments.

Most students, however, will stay at the International House (I-House), which offers students a great sense of community and affords them the opportunity to meet students from all over the world. Students staying at the I-House have single-occupancy rooms, and each room has its own balcony, bathroom, toilet, A/C, closet, bed, curtains, desk and chair, shelves and even a small refrigerator.

Students can stay in the same dorm room for the entire period of their stay at NUFS.

Unfortunately, homestays are not an option while studying at NUFS, but there are a series of "weekend homestays" that are organized by NUFS, which you can partake in.

Travel Arrangements

Students are advised NOT to purchase airline tickets until they receive acceptance confirmation from both UI and NUFS. If you have questions and/or concerns about this, please contact the study abroad advisor at 319-335-0353.

Students are expected to find their own flights to Japan, though Study Abroad can assist by providing advice on airfare. Often times, Japanese exchange partners will be able to send a local student to the airport to meet incoming students. More information on arrival details will be provided by NUFS closer to the date of departure.

Local Transportation

NUFS is located in the Chubu region (north eastern part of Nagoya) and is a quick walk or short bus ride from the rail station, which will take you to downtown Nagoya if you wish. There are, however, plenty of wonderful things to do in Chubu. The rail system is very user friendly, but there are also plenty of buses and, of course, taxis. This is a very nice part of town though, close to other universities, so there is a lot going on.


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.

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 NUFS.

Eligibility Policy

It is the University of Iowa’s policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student that must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Program Cost Sheet

Cost Sheet for NUFS Exchange, Fall 2017 - for College of Liberal Arts & Sciences studentsPDF

Cost Sheet for NUFS Exchange, Fall 2017 - for Tippie College of Business studentsPDF

Cost Sheet for NUFS Exchange, Spring 2017- Academic Year 2016-2017 students onlyPDF

Cost Sheet for NUFS Exchange, Spring 2016PDF

Cost Sheet for NUFS Exchange, Fall 2016 - for College of Liberal Arts & Sciences studentsPDF

Cost Sheet for NUFS Exchange, Fall 2016 - for Tippie College of Business studentsPDF

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

The online application for the Spring Semester Program will be available from 7/1-10/1.

The online application for the Fall Semester and Academic Year Programs will be available from 1/1-3/15.

Any supplemental materials are due to the Study Abroad office one week later.

How to Apply

Click here for UI's online study abroad application.

Note, students must fill out two applications. Students who are accepted after the first round application on the UI online system will be required to fill out NUFS' application form PDFs. The study abroad advisor can send these PDFs to students. It is important to also note, that students MUST make an appointment with the study abroad advisor for this program. Your UI online application will not be approved until you have met with the study abroad advisor. Please call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Confirmation of Participation - Fall 2017

Once you have been accepted as a nominee by University of Iowa, you must confirm your participation. Please print and complete the Confirmation of Participation form included below. The completed Confirmation of Participation form must be turned in to UI Study Abroad, 1111 UCC by May 10, 2017. Please carefully read the Withdrawal Policy information included on the Confirmation of Participation before signing the form.

PDFNagoya University of Foreign Studies Confirmation of Participation & Withdrawal Policy - Fall 2017

In addition, students should review the following:

Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

UI Financial Aid Information

Students are also encouraged to fill out the Medical Self-AssessmentPDF form and use it to determine if a follow-up visit to your physician or to Student Health & Wellness would be beneficial to help you prepare for this trip. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.

Important: Students who are studying abroad in Japan should apply early for a Yakkan Shoumei certificate to be able to bring a supply of medication into Japan. For more information and instructions, please visit the website of the U.S. Embassy & Consultates in Japan.


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.


Any students who will need to apply for a Japanese visa will need to wait until receiving their official admission letter from NUFS before they can begin applying for a visa. UI Study Abroad staff can provide some assistance and advising on the Japanese visa application process, but ultimately the individual traveler (the student) is the person who is responsible for providing correct information on the visa application and securing the visa and all other required documentation prior to travel.