Students study at Nanzan University, Japan’s second largest Catholic University founded as an institution geared toward foreign language study. The Japan program offers students the opportunity to improve their proficiency in the language while taking courses in English in Japanese literature, history, politics and society. The program enables students to live and learn in the Japanese university system, integrate into various aspects of the local culture and society, while living in the metropolitan city of Nagoya.

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Nanzan University is a distinguished private university with a worldwide reputation for academic excellence

Nagoya, Japan


  • Language intensive program
  • Direct enrollment at Nanzan University
  • Homestay


The Dickinson in Japan program is based in the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University and is a language intensive program designed to advance the skills of students from intermediate to advanced levels. Language courses are conducted in the morning; in the afternoon, students take lecture courses taught in English that focus on cultural, political and economic issues. In addition, students can take courses in the traditional Japanese arts, such as calligraphy and wood-block printing, giving students additional creative opportunities to learn about Japanese culture. 


The CJS orchestrates all excursions for students studying at Nanzan University. Students are encouraged to participate in excursions planned by the CJS. 


Students can live either in a dormitory at Nanzan or live with a host family. Living with a host family immerses students into daily Japanese life. 


The program is administered by the CJS at Nanzan University, which provides on-site support and advice to students. The on-campus coordinators are Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature Alex Bates and Senior Lecturer of Japanese Language Akiko Meguro. 



Academic, Fall, Spring 

Academic Year: Early September to mid-December. Applications are due by February 10. 

Fall: Early September to late May. Applications are due by February 10. 

Spring: Early January to late May. Applications are due by February 10.


3.0 GPA 

Students must complete at least two years of college-level Japanese before studying abroad. 


The program is administered by the CJS at Nanzan University.

Alex Bates
On-campus coordinator
Japanese Language and Literature


Akiko Meguro 
On-campus coordinator
Senior Lecturer of Japanese Language


“Intensive language courses and a homestay program helped me to quickly achieve Japanese proficiency. By participating in cultural exchange activities, I got to know various perspectives of people from all ages and diverse occupations. Thus, I learned the society by living within it and being shaped by it.”

—Di Yang ’16 (international studies and East Asian studies)

Dickinson Majors that are a good fit for Dickinson in Japan
  • Anthropology 
  • East Asian Studies 
  • Economics 
  • History 
  • International Studies 
  • Japanese 
  • Political Science 
  • Religion 
  • Sociology 

Don’t see your major? Connect with us. This program could still be a good fit for you. 

Non-Dickinson Student Information

This program is not currently open for non-Dickinson students. Check our list of available programs here.


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