IES Abroad Nagoya DE - Nanzan University

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Immerse yourself in Japanese culture through full-time enrollment at the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University. As a distinguished private university, Nanzan University offers excellent learning opportunities. In addition to a required intensive Japanese language class, you will choose from a range of CJS English-taught course offerings in Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and enjoy hands-on instruction in Japanese arts such as ikebana, shodo, hanga, and sumie. Students with very advanced language skills are encouraged to enroll in seminars taught in Japanese with local students.

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To an extent, yes. The minimum requirement is that the student be able to read and write all hiragana and katakana characters. That is the requirement to place into the 300 (lowest level) New Intensive Japanese course. All international students enrolled in Nanzan University's Center for Japanese Studies are required to take the New Intensive Japanese classes and will take a placement test upon...


based on 17 reviews
  • Academics 8.3
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 8.4
  • Housing 9.2
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An Amazing Experience in Japan

I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is interested in studying abroad in Japan! While you do not need to be fluent in Japanese to be in this program, you will definitely get a lot more out of the experience if you have taken a couple years or more of Japanese before starting this program. Since many people in Nagoya do not speak very much English, you will definitely be practicing your conversational Japanese often. This can be challenging at times, but your Japanese will definitely improve! At Nanzan University, you will be required to take Japanese classes, and you can also choose from a number of elective classes. I definitely recommend trying at least one of the art classes if you can. If you ever need help with anything, the CJS and IES staff members are very friendly and always willing to help! The subway system is pretty good in Nagoya, so it is very easy and safe to get around the city to visit various sites and attractions. You can also visit other nearby cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. In addition to traveling on your own, IES also offers awesome weekend field trips which are already included in the program fee! On these trips, you will get to eat a lot of great food, stay in nice Japanese inns, and do a lot of exciting activities that you probably wouldn't have the opportunity to do on your own. The field trips were definitely one of the best parts of the experience! Both the CJS and IES also offer a number of day trips to activities such as taiko/ musical/ kabuki performances and sites such as the Nagoya Castle or Shizuoka. You will definitely have a great time on this program!

How can this program be improved?
I would want more Japanese to be spoken in the dorm that I stayed in.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Nagoya Redefined!

The City: Nagoya is not a tourist stop for people visiting Japan, it is one of the industrial centers and therefore there are a lot more opportunities to speak/practice Japanese Language. However, the city does contain numerous art/design, history, and science museums, parks,botanical gardens, an aquarium, zoo, in addition a variety of restaurants, shopping districts, clubs, and bars. Major sites include Atsuta Shrine and Osu Kannon Temple, the Nagoya TV Tower and Sky Hall.
The School: Nanzan University is in the hills right outside the city near Yagoto. The international students building is brand new, and the staff is friendly and helpful (they will all know your name by the beginning of the semester.) Classes focus on the arts and social sciences, with the most emphasis on Japanese language classes for three hours every morning. Homestays are chosen through specific information
The Program: The IES program offers countless benefits including guided all-inclusive travel to countless places outside of Nagoya like Nara, Takayama, Kanayama etc. in addition to concerts, musicals, and other events in the city.

Yes, I recommend this program


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