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Nagoya University of Foreign Studies Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Calendar Year


Nagoya, Japan




Good academic and disciplinary standing; 3.0 GPA; refer to the Application tab for more details

Application Due:

Fall & Academic Year:

Mar. 15

Spring & Calendar Year: Oct. 1

Program Cost:

Refer to the Application tab for more details

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 a semester, academic year, or calendar year of study in NUFS' Global Japan Program, part of the university's International Institute for Japanese Language and Education (IJLE). The curriculum of the Global Japan Program enables students to develop their Japanese language skills and take English-taught coursework in topics related to Japanese culture, history, and business.

Note: The purpose of this student exchange is to facilitate an educational experience in an unfamiliar environment for participating students. To that end, students are not eligible to return to their home country to study through this exchange program.

Academic Program

This exchange is suitable for students of any major interested in developing their Japanese language skills and learning about contemporary Japan. In the Global Japan Program, students take Japanese language core courses within a basic (2 s.h.), semi-intensive (4 s.h.), or intensive (8 s.h.) track in levels ranging from beginning to advanced. In addition, students take Japanese language elective courses (2 s.h. per course), as well as courses about Japanese culture, history, and business (2 s.h. per course) taught in English and open to local Japanese students. The Global Japan Program website contains additional information about coursework.

Exchange students are required to take a minimum of 12 s.h. per semester and are able to take up to 18 s.h. per semester while studying at NUFS. Credit received from NUFS will be treated as transfer credit. Interested students should make an appointment with the UI Study Abroad advisor for more information on transfer credit and be prepared to consult with their academic advisor, as well.

Cultural Activities

NUFS encourages exchange students to explore Japanese culture by offering a variety of regularly scheduled group activities. International students can take workshops related to flower arranging, tea ceremonies, noodle making, and Zen meditation; participate in day trips to a ninja village, shrines, sumo games, museums, and other notable sites; and participate in an overnight tour (offered once each semester) to locations like Kyoto, Eiheiji Temple, or Shirakawa Village. These non-credit elective activities may be free or available for a small fee.

Program Dates

Fall Semesters are typically from late August through mid-December.

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

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 UI Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM). The UI Study Abroad receptionists can help you schedule an advising appointment.

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS)

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

A Swanky Student Lounge

NUFS is the only university focused on foreign studies in the central Chubu region of Japan and demonstrates a commitment to internationalization by specializing in foreign language instruction, welcoming international students from around the world, and sending a large number of students abroad to study. International students are NUFS are supported by the university's International Office (IO), which facilitates orientation and cross-cultural language exchange programs, provides interpretation services during medical appointments, connects students with counseling services, addresses issues related to campus housing, and helps students navigate everyday life in Nagoya.


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 locations throughout the country. Nagoya's history dates back to the 17th century, when Tokugawa Ieyasu, the general credited with unifying Japan, built a castle in the city. Nagoya Castle has since been reconstructed and is a common attraction for visitors.

Living Arrangements

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

I-House Dorms

Exchange students have multiple options for student housing at NUFS. Many students stay in the NUFS International House (I-House), which is a dorm for international students located about 5 minutes by foot from campus. Each single-occupancy room in I-House has a private bathroom, bed, study desk and chair, mini refrigerator, and closet. There are communal kitchen and laundry facilities, and WiFi is available in the lobby.

Students can also choose to stay in Proxy Friends Nisshin, a university-affiliated apartment building within a 10-minute walk of campus. The single-occupancy studio apartments at Proxy Friends Nisshin include a kitchenette, mini refrigerator, private bathroom, bed, study desk and chair, and bookshelves. Communal laundry facilities are available. Occupants must provide their own kitchen utensils, cleaning products, and other similar items.

A third housing option is the NUAS residence; single-occupancy rooms in this building include a kitchenette, private bathroom with washing machine, bed, study desk and chair, and closet. Internet is available at both Proxy Friends Nisshin and NUAS, although WiFi routers are not provided.

Cost information and photos of each housing option are available in the Student Housing section of the NUFS website. Please note that students must pay NUFS directly for their housing costs each semester.

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, please contact the UI Study Abroad Advisor at 319-335-0353.

Students are expected to find their own flights to Japan, though UI Study Abroad can assist by providing advice regarding airline booking options. NUFS will provide accepted students with more information on arrival details closer to the date of departure.

Local Transportation

NUFS is located in the northeastern part of Nagoya close to other universities. For those wishing to reach downtown Nagoya, NUFS is a quick walk or short bus ride from the rail station. The rail system is very user friendly, and there are also plenty of buses and taxis.


The NUFS Exchange is open to UI students of all majors who have an interest in Japanese language and Japanese studies and fulfill the following requirements:

  • Clear interest and commitment: Students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in the program's subject matter and a commitment to engage responsibly in coursework abroad.
  • Preparedness and maturity: Students must demonstrate preparedness to take on the heightened responsibilities associated with international study and travel. Students must demonstrate a commitment to behave responsibly abroad while respecting cultural differences. Students are expected to obey both local laws and program directives conveyed to participants before and during the program. The University of Iowa Code of Student Life applies to all program participants while abroad.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA: Students must have at minimum a 3.0 cumulative GPA to participate in this program.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of this program. 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, will not be allowed to study abroad and are wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing: Students must have sophomore, junior, or senior standing at the time the program begins. First year students cannot participate in this program.
  • Approval of UI Study Abroad advisor: A student's application must be reviewed and approved by their UI Study Abroad advisor.
  • Acceptance by host institution: 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. Even if a student is nominated by their UI Study Abroad advisor to participate in the exchange, the final acceptance decision is made by the international student office and the sponsoring departments at NUFS based on their own internal requirements.

Program Costs


University of Iowa students pay their regular University of Iowa tuition and mandatory student fees and study at our partner university without further tuition payment. However, students should be prepared to pay the host university directly for certain expenses, such as housing. These expenses are included in the program cost sheet (more information below).

Study Abroad Administrative Fees

University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are charged for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

Cost Sheets

Cost sheets are documents that outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include 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. Please contact your UI Study Abroad Advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet by calling 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

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

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the UI 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 UI Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a UI 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 UI 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 and Calendar Year Programs will be available from Aug. 1 to Oct. 1.

The online application for the Fall Semester and Academic Year Programs will be available from Jan. 2 to Mar. 15..

Any supplemental materials are due to the UI Study Abroad office one week after the application deadline.

How to Apply

Interested students should make an appointment with UI Study Abroad Advisor Emily Gruis to discuss the program and the application process. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 319-335-0353. During the appointment, Emily will provide full application instructions. Note: Application materials will not be reviewed unless a student has already met with Emily to discuss the program.

The application process consists of three major steps:

  • Step 1: After meeting with the UI Study Abroad advisor, students must complete the online UI Study Abroad Application.
  • Step 2: The UI Study Abroad Application is reviewed. If the student meets the requirements for the program and there are sufficient spaces available in the exchange, the UI Study Abroad advisor nominates them for study at NUFS.
  • Step 3: Once nominated, the student completes the exchange student application process for NUFS. All required application materials must be submitted to the UI Study Abroad office by the date(s) specified. The advisor will then send the application materials to NUFS. The application is reviewed by NUFS, which makes the final acceptance decision.
  • Confirmation of Participation

    Spring 2018

    Once you receive notification that you have been nominated by UI to participate in the NUFS Exchange, download and carefully review the PDFConfirmation of Participation formincluding the Withdrawal Policy. By signing and submitting this form to our office, you agree to accept the program’s Withdrawal Policy, which outlines the financial commitments you would have in the event of withdrawing your participation from the program. Please return this form to UI Study Abroad (1111 UCC) by November 29, 2017. Students who do not submit this form to our office by this date will be automatically withdrawn from the program.

    In addition to submitting their Confirmation of Participation form, students should review the following:

    Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

    UI Financial Aid Information

    Students are also encouraged to complete the PDFHealth Preparation Guide for International Travel form with their medical practitioner. 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. The site contains the application for a Yakkan Shoumei certificate.


    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 the host university. 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 UI 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 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.