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.
While we suggest that you look at the following programs first, feel free to browse the programs section of the 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 Study Abroad advisor.
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 both international and Japanese students live. Housing in studio apartments in a private apartment house within walking distance from campus may also be available. Yearlong or spring semester study available. 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, just 10 minutes away 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 the 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.