North Central College - Naperville, IL

Nagoya Gakuin University

Nagoya Gakuin University, Nagoya, Japan

Exchange Program Offered  Fall Term, Fall/Winter Terms, Spring (April-July), or Full Year

The Institute for Japanese Studies at Nagoya Gakuin University hosts students from all over the world.  Founded by Methodist missionaries in 1887, the University has well-defined programs for international students.  The campus is located in Nagoya City and hosts comprehensive student services including internet and e-mail facilities, extra-curricular and athletic clubs, food outlets, bookstores, and health services.  Nagoya is Japan's fourth largest city, with a population of approximately 2.2 million.  It has long been a cultural crossroads, serving as a meeting place for the nation's eastern and western cultures.  Nearby Seto City is a renowned ceramic center in Japan.  The region enjoys a temperate climate, extensive parks and an annual International Festival that provides a forum for cultural exchange and understanding.

Academic options include Japanese language courses (five levels) and culture courses taught in English:  intercultural communication, Japanese history, art, religion, economy, business, international relations, Shodo brush painting and ceramics.  There are field trips to historic areas of Japan each semester.  University courses taught in Japanese and internships are available for students proficient in Japanese.  Internship programs offer students supervised practical work experiences in Japanese business, education, public service, and in the art center.

Nagoya Castle - Photo taken by Lacie Phillips while studying at NGU in Fall 10

Nagoya Gakuin University website

NCC Eligibility Requirements:

Junior or Senior standing.  GPA 3.0 preferred; minimum one year of Japanese.

NCC Academic Credit:

Students usually earn between 9-12 NCC credits per term.
Please refer to the links below for more NGU academic information, as well as a list of NGU courses:
NGU Academic Information
NGU Course List

Housing and Meals:

On-campus:  30,000-35,000 yen/month (including utilities) 
Off-campus:  40,000 yen/month (transportation and utilities extra)  

Meals:  self-cook only; approximately 30000 yen/month, although cost varies for each student.

Other NGU Estimated Costs:

Students pay tuition and fees to NCC; room and board to NGU. 

Financial aid is applicable to this program, however, all study abroad students should meet with a financial aid representative during the spring term to determine any changes/adjustments in their financial aid package.

Textbooks, 1st semester:  10,000-15,000 yen

Personal Expenses:
This really depends on the student.  Students need to consider all personal spending money including travel!  Students who have participated in this exchange program in the past estimate approximately $2,000-2,500 per term, including only MINIMAL travel.