Dickinson's partner institution, Nanzan University, is located in Nagoya, Japan's third-largest urban center. Along with studying the Japanese language, program participants take politics, folklore, religion, literature and history courses taught in English. Courses in traditional Japanese arts, such as calligraphy and woodblock printing, also are offered. Students may study at Nanzan for a semester or academic year and may live in on-campus residence halls or with a Japanese host family.
Nagoya, in southcentral Japan, is the nation's third largest city, with more than 8 million residents living in the greater metropolitan area. The city is served by Japan's famous "bullet trains" or shinkansen, located on a line that runs between Tokyo and Osaka. One of the city's most famous landmarks is Nagoya Castle, which was built by the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu for his ninth son.
Nanzan University, Japan's second-largest Catholic university, was founded in 1946 as a college for foreign-language study and has grown into a university famous for its language programs.
Along with studying the Japanese language, program participants take politics, folklore, religion, literature and history courses taught in English. Courses in traditional Japanese arts, such as calligraphy and wood-block printing, also are offered, giving students additional creative opportunities to learn about Japanese culture.
Most program participants attend courses at the Center for Japanese Studies, but advanced students of Japanese may enroll in regular classes at Nanzan, which are taught exclusively in the host language.
To read more about what our students think about their experiences in Japan, check out the '10 Nanzan Summer Program blog by clicking here.
The Dickinson in Japan program is language intensive and is designed to advance the skills of students at all levels, from intermediate to advanced. Language courses are conducted in the morning; in the afternoon, students take lecture courses taught in English that deal with cultural, political and economic issues.
Language courses include:
Courses in Japanese area studies include:
Japanese Foreign Policy
Japanese Culture and Art
Japanese Non-Profit Sector
Seminars for advanced speakers include:
Readings in the Social Sciences
Readings in Japanese Literature
Introduction to Creative Writing
Students who successfully complete a semester in Nagoya receive up to 4.5 Dickinson credits. Those who complete a full year receive up to nine Dickinson credits.
The program is administered by the Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University, which provides on-site support and advisement to students.
Dickinson students studying in Nagoya have the option of living with a Japanese host family or in residence halls at the university. For a more enhanced immersion experience into daily Japanese life and the greatest opportunity to use their Japanese language skills, Dickinson encourages students to live with a host family.
Dates Program Fee* Application Deadline
Academic Year early Sept. to late May $53,410 Nov. 1**
Fall early Sept. to mid-Dec. $26,705 Nov. 1**
Spring early Jan. to late May $26,705 March 1**
* This is the program fee for 2011-2012; the program fee for 2012-2013 will correspond to on-campus tuition and fees and will be determined during spring 2012.
** Please note that there are a limited number of spots available to Dickinson students at Nanzan. Students interested in spring study abroad at Nanzan are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by November 1 of the previous year whenever possible (e.g., students interested in spring 2012 study abroad should consider submitting their applications by November 1, 2010).
Program Fee Includes
• tuition and fees
• room in dorm or with a host family
• board with host family (allowance for meals not provided by host family)
• allowance for subway fares in Nagoya
• allowance for National Health and Accident Insurance
• computer access at Nanzan
• pre-departure and on-site orientations
The program fee does not include primary health insurance, airfare, passport, visa, immunizations, optional travel, personal expenses, meals and housing during vacations, books or supplies.
Students must complete at least two years of college-level Japanese before studying abroad.
Current Dickinson in Japan Blog
Past Dickinson in Japan Blog
Nanzan University Center for Japanese Studies
For more information, contact:
Prof. Akiko Meguro
Department of East Asian Studies
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: (717) 245-1437