The Center for Japanese Studies Program (CJS) at Nanzan University offers a combination of two components: The first is an intensive language component designed for students who are serious about studying Japanese. The second encompasses a broad spectrum of courses in Japanese area studies, perfect for students interested in learning about Japan. Outside of class, students can enjoy daytrip excursions to Toyota Motors or relax on campus in the Japan Plaza with their new Japanese friends.

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"The Japanese program here is excellent and Nagoya is so unique. The courses are fantastic and I'm able to study things that are both relevant to my career and that I enjoy." -ISEP Nanzan Alumni

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Course Description

Nanzan's CJS program offers intensive Japanese language courses, plus English and Japanese-taught electives. Students will take a proficiency test once they arrive to establish their Japanese language ability for both Japanese language courses, and Japanese-taught subject courses.


For a breakdown of the classes offered, click the brochure link in the "website for course availability" link above. 

Website for Course Availability

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Nanzan University

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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    Japanese Studies

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Japanese Language and Literature

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • Number of language semesters completed 1
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

This application has two parts, which must both be submitted by the deadlines in order for your application to be considered complete.

Please note, the priority deadline listed on this webpage is standard for all ISEP programs, but Nanzan’s internal deadline is earlier:

The ISEP application is due September 15th 11:59 PM EST

Nanzan's is due September 14th 11:59 PM JST

Students who do not submit the online application to Nanzan before this date will not be considered for placement there.

ISEP staff will send you the Nanzan University online application link by email. This internal application must be submitted immediately. If you do not complete the application by the deadline, you will be locked out of the online system and will NOT be confirmed. Students should make sure to work on both their ISEP application and Nanzan University's application early in case they have any questions before these deadlines. You'll need to submit the following documents online:

  • Official Academic Transcript (along with a hard copy by post)
  • Bank Statement
  • Passport-style Photo
  • Casual Snapshot Photo
  • Passport Details Page

Nanzan will also require two faculty references -- one from a Japanese language instructor if applicable -- to submit a Nanzan recommendation form by email in order to process your application.  will also need to email  directly to Nanzan. To save time, we recommend you send this recommendation form to your faculty when asking for their references before submitting your ISEP application.

The transcript and passport detail page can both be re-uploaded from the ISEP application.

Be sure that the housing you select on Nanzan's internal application matches the housing on your ISEP application.

Japanese National Health Insurance is required of all residents of Japan in addition to ISEP's health insurance. Nanzan University requires students also purchase accident insurance upon arrival.

Other Academic Conditions

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent at their home institution.

One semester of university-level Japanese is required.

Please submit an ISEP LPR with your application so that Nanzan can gauge your Japanese ability.


PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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