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Nagoya Gakuin University

Nagoya Gakuin University, Nagoya, Japan

Fall Term

Fall and Winter Terms

Spring (April-July)

Full Year


Program OverviewJ. Rocha Nagoya

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 Gakuin University website


Internships are available



Junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred. Minimum of one year college-level Japanese.



Students usually earn 9-12 credits per term. All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.

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


Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.


Housing and Meals

Students live in international residences on campus or in pre-arranged apartments.

Meals:  not included in program fees. Students prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen with their roommates.


Estimated Costs

Students pay North Central College tuition and room and board to the host institution. Students are personally responsible for paying airfare, health insurance, departure tax, books, extra personal travel and spending money, as these items are not included in room and board fees. North Central College financial aid does apply.





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