North Central College - Naperville, IL

Nagoya Gakuin University

Nagoya Gakuin University, Nagoya, Japan

Fall TermJ. Rocha Nagoya

Fall and Winter Terms

Spring Term

Full Year

Program Overview

Founded by Methodist missionaries in 1887, the university has well-defined programs for international students. The Institute for Japanese Studies provides comprehensive student services, including extra-curricular and athletic clubs, food outlets, bookstores, Internet, health services and easy access to Nagoya for cultural events and shopping. Nagoya Gakiun University runs a campus dormitory for international students with Japanese resident assistants.

Courses open to North Central College exchange students include: Japanese language (five levels), Japanese linguistics, religion, history, business management, economics, literature and environmental studies. Other courses include Japanese intercultural communication, Japanese culture and art, badminton and karate.

Students have the chance to participate in field trips to historically rich places such as Ise Shrine, Iga Ninja Village and Mt. Fuji. Internships are also available for students with an intermediate/high level of Japanese.

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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Last Updated:  October 16, 2015