Toyo University's NEST Program offers 10 credits of intensive Japanese language and culture courses per semester alongside subjects from Toyo's English-taught curriculum. These courses help exchange students increase their proficiency to a level that allows them to pursue their academic interests and enjoy campus life to the fullest.

Toyo strongly encourages students to take advantage of their time in Japan to learn Japanese language and culture. Students who have not passed level 1 (N1) or level 2 (N2) of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test are encouraged to enroll in the NEST Program.

Through active participation in NEST, students can expect to learn to:

  1. Meet the needs of daily life by communicating exclusively in Japanese
  2. Gather, convey and discuss information about recent events and social issues in Japanese
  3. Gather, convey and discuss information related to their academic disciplines in Japanese, using academic vocabulary specific to their fields

Students are placed in one of four levels of instruction based on the results of a Japanese placement test.

Students can work on improving their language skills while making friends with Japanese students through the language exchange partner program.

Students can also take courses taught in English in addition to the NEST program.

Program Website

Course Description

NEST (Nihongo for Exchange Students) is a Japanese language and culture program designed for exchange students at Toyo. It is divided into four levels, from beginner to advanced. As a NEST Program student, you will take seven to ten language credits per semester:

Integrated Japanese (4 credits)

The Japanese culture component for your language proficiency level:

-Japanese Culture and Society A or B, for J1 and J2 levels (2 credits)

-Introduction to Japanology A or B, for J3 and J4 levels (2 credits)

At least one of the following electives:

-Japanese Listening Comprehension (1 credit)

-Japanese Reading and Composition (1 credit)

-Project Work (1 credit)

-Kanji Literacy (1 credit)

You can see descriptions for these classes on the NEST course page. You'll also have room in your schedule for elective courses taught in English.

Website for Course Availability

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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Asian Studies Japanese Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies Regional Studies (U.S., Canada, Foreign)

  • Business:

    Accounting Business Communications Business Management Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Communication

  • Education

    Elementary Education

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Japanese Language and Literature

  • History

    Asian History

  • Hospitality and Tourism:

    Hospitality Management Hotel and Restaurant Management Tourism Management

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Language and Culture

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law International Law

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies: Recommended!

    Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Psychology

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation

Special Application Instructions

Toyo's minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If you have between a 2.7-2.99 Toyo will consider your application with an explanation. This does not guarantee admittance.

*Application requirement - Please submit the following documents along with your ISEP application documents. 

-Personal Statement 
①Introduce yourself and explain why you would like to participate in the program at Toyo University. Please include details of any academic field you are interested in, courses you wish to take, and goals you have for study abroad. 
②It is your responsibility to make the most of this experience. What aspects of your background (i.e. coursework, job experience, travel, intercultural experience) have prepared you to live abroad? How will you prepare beforehand and what will you do while abroad to accomplish those goals?)

-Academic transcript

*Toyo University will send information about the Toyo application procedure along with the confirmation information (acceptance package).

Other Academic Conditions

Toyo's minimum GPA requirement is 3.0. If you have between a 2.8-2.99 Toyo will consider your application with an explanation. This does not guarantee admittance.

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