It is recommended that Japanese majors participate in accelerated language programs while overseas. Double majors might consider programs which combine non-intensive language study with coursework taught in English.
Students planning to study abroad during the summer should participate in programs which aim to fulfill one year of language study. Recommended summer programs include: the Hokkaido Summer Program, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Summer Program, the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (Columbia U), and CET Osaka.
While we suggest that you look at the following programs first, feel free to browse the programs section of the Office for Study Abroad website, explore an online directory of study abroad programs, and consult materials in the Study Abroad Resource Room. Before making your final decision, be sure to consult with a Japanese programs advisor in the Office for Study Abroad.
This reciprocal exchange program between the University of Iowa and Nanzan University in Nagoya allows up to four UI students to undertake a year of study at Nanzan's Center for Japanese Studies. Available courses include seven levels of Japanese language study and courses in humanities and social sciences taught in English. Some courses are readily applicable toward requirements for a major in Japanese Language & Literature. Preference is given to applications for year-long study, but students wishing semester-only may apply. Living options include a Home Stay Program that places the student in a Japanese home as a family member; dorm or residence hall accommodations are also possible. Program runs September to May. GPA: 3.0 (firm).
This reciprocal exchange program between the University of Iowa and Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) allows up to four UI students to undertake a year of study at the NUFS Japanese Language Institute. Courses offered include language study at all levels and Japanese Culture Workshops. English-taught, 2 semester hour classes attended by local students include: history, culture, society, economics, business and education. Living options include single rooms at International House, NUFS' on campus dormitory where international and Japanese students mix. Housing in studio apartments in a private apartment house within walking distance from campus may also be available. Year or spring semester study. GPA: 2.75 or strong endorsement of Japanese instructors.
This reciprocal exchange program between the University of Iowa and Kanda University of International Studies allows one UI student to undertake a year of study in the Japanese Language and Culture Program at Kanda. Exchange students take courses in the Japanese Language and Culture department. Kanda University is located in a residential area neighboring an industrial park, between downtown Tokyo and Narita international airport. Modern buildings house state of the art technological support for interactive language learning. Living options include single rooms in the International Student Dormitory located near campus, reached in 10 minutes by bicycle or through public transportation. Students eat at campus cafeterias or prepare meals in the dormitory’s communal kitchen. Year study from September to end of July; semester-only can be an option. GPA: 2.75
The Meiji University Exchange runs on the Asian academic calendar, March to December. The exchange is open to undergraduates in fourth year Japanese at the time of application. Applicants are required to take the Japanese Language Test and submit results as a basis for admission as a visiting student to one of Meiji’s Departments. Supplementary Japanese language courses are provided by the Center for International Programs. The School of Global Studies offers classes in English. Graduate students who have a minimum of third year Japanese and a viable research project, and are nominated by their UI department, are eligible to apply. Meiji provides dormitory accommodations near their Shinjuku campus at reasonable cost.
A program of the Hokkaido International Foundation covering one year of college language study in an 8 week summer program, mid-June to mid-August. Homestay with host families in Hakodate —a beautiful, quiet, and hospitable city with a population of 290,000. The night view from Mt. Hakodate is considered one of the most spectacular in the world. Highly competitive admissions. GPA: 2.75
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Ritsumeikan APU) offers an eight-week summer program that combines intensive Japanese language study at beginning and intermediate levels with some 2 semester hour Asian Studies classes taught in English. The program includes field trips to local cultural sites in areas throughout Kyushu, putting students in touch with both ancient and contemporary Japan.
The six-week summer program offers intensive training in advanced and classical Japanese for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students who have completed at least three years of Japanese or the equivalent. You will be able to enroll in small classes, participate in excursions and cultural activities as well as choose from a variety of housing options. The program runs from June to mid-July. GPA: 3.0
This program is for students who want to unleash their Japanese language skills. Students exercise their Japanese language every day—in class, on the street, with roommates, for assignments, in conversation—and return to the US with vastly improved skills. Japanese language learners of all levels and majors are welcome (the summer program is open to students with at least two semesters of previous Japanese language study). Students complete at least one year of university-level Japanese each term.