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 and Japan Center of Michigan Universities (JCMU).
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.
All students participating in the semester and summer programs take Japanese language. The JCMU Japanese language program offers four levels of instruction: elementary, lower intermediate, intermediate, and advanced. Each level is designed to help students improve their proficiency through combination of in-class instruction and outside activities. The language program as a whole aims to produce students who can communicate effectively in a variety of socio-cultural contexts both in spoken and written Japanese.