UCA in Japan: Japanese Language Immersion

Program Description

One of UCA’s newest partner universities is Nanzan University located in Nagoya, Japan. Typically this partner offers an intensive Japanese language course during UCA’s Summer II term. Because our schools use the same textbook system, students will enjoy familiar structure while being taught by native instructors, in an immersive Japanese setting.

Outside of class, students are required to practice Japanese conversation with an assigned Japanese “buddy” or one of the university teaching assistants. Field trips and programs of cultural education are offered as well. Furthermore, as Nanzan University is a Jesuit institution, you may be able to participate in service projects while studying abroad.

Nagoya is located between Tokyo and Japan’s Kansai (Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto/Nara) region; for around $50, students can travel in 3-5 hours to any of those sites of major cultural and historical importance. Nagoya City itself is large enough to offer a variety of quintessentially Japanese experiences should students choose not to venture out.

Students will direct enroll in this program and pay the partner university. UCA Education Abroad will assist in credit transfer and other details, so students are required to register with Education Abroad for this program.

Please make an appointment with the Education Abroad Office to go over the application procedure.

Course Offerings

JAPN 2340: Intensive Oral Practice Abroad in Japanese 

(Prerequisite – JAPN 1310: ELEMENTARY JAPANESE I)

Important Dates

Deadline to apply directly to Nanzan University is Feb. 28th.

Once students are accepted to the summer program at Nanzan University, they will then will apply through the Office of Education Abroad. Staff will be ready to assist with next steps.

Health and Safety 

Students registering for programs agree to the following: I understand that UCA does not control requirements of vendors, universities, and other stakeholders for study abroad programing. Should a vendor or organization require masks, vaccinations, quarantine, or other measures regarding COVID 19, I agree to follow these requirements. While UCA and its partners will work to update students, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to take measures to protect themselves from the spread of disease.

Attendance of a Health and Safety meeting will be required before departure.

Current entry requirements into Japan: https://jp.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

Assisting Professor

Contact Prof. David House in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, & Cultures for more information on courses and credits.

Program Cost

Estimated Program Costs (Responsibility of student to pay directly, UCA Education Abroad will not pay on students’ behalf.)

  • Nanzan University Summer Program Cost including housing, application fee, and tuition $1,995.00
  • Estimated Roundtrip airfare from LIT to Japan $1,500.00
  • International Insurance $50.00
  • UCA Study Abroad Fee for Independent Study $75.00
  • Required quarantine, Covid testing, and other personal expenses are not included.

A budget will be on file with Financial Aid so students can reach out to Julia Robison (juliar@uca.edu) with questions on funding.

For information about international insurance coverage: https://uca.edu/globalstudy/health-and-safety/.