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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dormitory, Host Family Language Prerequisite: First-Year Intensive Japanese with a grade of ‘B’ or better
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, First Year of Studies, Mendoza College of Business Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Class Level While Abroad: Sophomore or Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 credit program Program Director: Kyle Sturges
Special Opportunities: Other Opportunities Eligible Majors: Any
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Language Reference
Program Information:

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Nanzan University overlooks the city of Nagoya, famous as the home of the Toyota Corporation, Noritake China dinnerware, and the castle that Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa built in 1610 for his ninth son. Nagoya is located in the center of Honshu, Japan's main island, midway between Tokyo and Kyoto, and only an hour from the Kii Peninsula and the Ise-Shima National Park, famous for its shrines.

Program Dates*
Academic Year: Early September through mid-May
Fall Semester: Early September through mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January through mid-May

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • Students will take courses through the Japanese Language Program at the Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University
  • Nanzan University is a Catholic university founded in 1949 by the Society of the Divine Word. In 1974, Nanzan opened the Center for Japanese Studies to teach Japanese language and culture to students from the United States and other countries. The Center currently enrolls about 150 students per year.
  • The Nagoya program is ideal for students who are pursuing a major or supplementary major in Japanese.
  • Grading is based on a letter-grade system (A, B, C, D, F). Grades earned at Nanzan will be included in the computation of students’ grade point averages.
  • Notre Dame students enroll in a mandatory intensive Japanese language course and three or four other courses in the areas of Japanese society, literature, religion, business, economics, history, art, and politics.
  • Except for Japanese language classes and practical courses in Japanese arts, all courses are taught in English, and the subject matter is often placed in a larger Asian context.
  • Many courses at CJS are worth 2 credit hours each and students ultimately carry a credit load at CJS of 14-18 credit hours. Please work with your academic advisor discuss applicability of any course to your degree progress and requirements.
Study Abroad compiles a database of previously offered approved courses and how these courses can be used in the Notre Dame curriculum by departmental designation and number. Students should use this resource in addition to the Browse Classes feature in NOVO when searching for ND course equivalents. Additionally, students can refer to CJS’ Study Abroad Program website to review recent semester course offerings. Final course offerings are generally not available until closer to departure, and all courses are subject to change.

  • See fact sheet above for eligibility considerations
  • Students must earn a grade of B or better in First Year Japanese I or both Elementary Japanese I & Elementary Japanese II prior to the semester abroad
  • Students interested in applying for this program should be independent and possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments.
Special Opportunities
  • Center for Japanese Studies offers several local trips throughout the semester.
  • Students are encouraged to join different clubs at Nanzan University, such as drama, martial arts, and other sports. A physical education complex is also available and contains an indoor pool, running track, basketball, racquetball, and tennis courts, a baseball diamond, field and gold practice areas.
Housing and Meals
The Center for Japanese Studies coordinates a homestay program for Notre Dame students. Students live with Japanese families and take two meals a day with them. Students should expect one-way commutes to be upwards of 60-90 minutes. The University of Notre Dame provides a monthly living allowance to help defray additional food and commuting costs.

Off-Campus Housing is also an option, but no meals are included.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.
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This program is currently not accepting applications.