Nanzan University

Nanzan University is part of an educational complex consisting of two women's junior colleges and three junior and senior high schools, in addition to the University and its research institutes and campus study centers. The Nanzan schools are located in the hills overlooking metropolitan Nagoya and in the nearby cities of Toyota and Seto on the outskirts of Nagoya. Nagoya is strategically located in Central Japan where easy access to the bigger cities of Tokyo and Osaka is possible. Nanzan University has bilateral exchanges with about 48 universities and institutes in North America, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) has been a leader in Japanese language studies since its founding in 1974. Each semester, the Center hosts an average of 120 students representing about 28 countries. The CJS academic calendar runs for 9 months and is divided into the fall semester from September to December (4 months) and the spring semester from January to May (five months). Students can select to study for a semester or a full year. Applications for the fall semester are accepted until the deadline of March 30 and for the spring semester, until August 31.

There are a limited number of places available in accommodation arranged by the University. Such arrangements are handled on a semester basis and include homestays and off-campus international residence halls.

CJS courses include the following:

Intensive Japanese language from beginning to advanced levels;
Seminar Courses (a high degree of proficiency in the Japanese language is required for participation in the seminars, which are conducted in Japanese); Classical Japanese, Elementary and Intermediate Translation, Readings in Social Sciences, Readings in Japanese Literature, Japanese Writing, Creative Writing, University Preparatory Japanese, Business Japanese, Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language;

Japanese Area Studies (all lecture courses are taught in English by highly qualified scholars in their respective fields, although assignments for some courses may include work in Japanese): Business, Economy, History, Literature, Culture, Religions, Society, Politics, Foreign Policy, International Relations;

Open Courses (elective courses in the regular undergraduate program at the University are open to CJS students during the fall semester): Intercultural Communication, Communication Studies, Foreign Language Teaching, Linguistics, Sociology, Policy Studies;

Practical Courses: Flower Arrangement, Calligraphy, Woodblock Printing, Chinese Black Ink Painting