Global Japan Program Details

Global Japan Program - part of the International Institute for Japanese Language Education (IJLE)*

Program Highlights

This program is characterized by three features:

1) Effective Japanese language classes fine-tuned to students’ needs:

- Small groups;

- Classes offered at different proficiency levels;

- Various core language classes and applied skills classes addressing students’ individual needs;

- Different studying modules varying in intensiveness.

2) Horizon-broadening English-taught classes exploring various aspects of contemporary Japan

- Classes conducted jointly for domestic and exchange students alike;

- Original curriculum addressing students’ various needs;

- Wide range of topics addressing various aspects of contemporary Japan from a truly global perspective (e.g. Toyota Management);

- Numerous opportunities for students to gain more in-depth knowledge not only through classroom learning but fieldwork and extramural research activities.

3) Japanese culture & hands-on experience-based program taking advantage of the University’s central location in the country (no credit)

- Day trips and excursions held nearly every week

・Workshops: ikebana (flower arrangement), tea ceremony, pottery making, soba (buckwheat) noodles making, Zen meditation;

・Study tours: Ninja Village, Ise Grand Shrine, sumo games, visits to museums and galleries;

- Overnight study tours each semester

・Kyoto, Nara, Shirakawa Village, Eiheiji Temple

- A variety of workshops allowing students to experience Japanese culture more thoroughly than through sightseeing alone.

Course Offerings

1-1) Japanese Language Course: Japanese Language Core Classes:

- Intensive (8 classroom hours* per week, 8 credits per semester);

- Semi-intensive (4 classroom hours per week, 4 credits per semester);

- Introductory (2 classroom hours per week, 2 credits per semester).

1-2) Japanese Language Course: Japanese Applied Skills Classes:

kanji, reading, composition, and projects among others (1 classroom hour per week for each course, 2 credits each for each course)

Please download the file below to see more detailed descriptions of the Japanese Language Course classes.

2) Global Japan Studies Course

English-taught courses exploring a wide range of topics related to contemporary and traditional Japan, such as business, arts, and tourism among others (1 classroom hour per week for each course, 2 credits for each course)

Please download the list below to see examples of courses offered.

Please download the syllabi below to see more detailed descriptions of courses offered in the past (for reference only).

*Eligible for NUFS or JASSO scholarship [stipend to be remitted after students' bank accounts at JP Bank have been set up].

**1 classroom hour = 90 minutes

How to Apply

Click the button below to read a step-by-step guide on how to apply.

Registration Rules

Students can design their own enrollment pattern composed of the courses offered above. However, they must enroll in at least 7 classroom hours per week excluding intensive courses held during longer breaks (there is no upper limit to the number of classroom hours, in which students can enroll, however). This rule is stipulated by the immigration authorities, not NUFS, and must be observed in order for students to retain the college student visa.

Entry Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in and recommended by one of our partner institutions.
  • A strong recommendation from staff at home institution.

Deadlines and Important Dates

Application Deadline: October 31, 2017 for Spring Semester 2018

Dates of Arrival in Japan: either March 19 or 20, 2018 (please note that no other arrival date will be accepted regardless of the reason)

Spring Semester starts March 22, 2018 and ends July 20, 2018 (please note that the dates are not yet final and are subject to change)


Please download the Japanese Language and Culture Program (Main Program) Application Package below