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  • Locations: Nagoya, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 10/16/2017 04/01/2018 08/03/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cruz, Peter Housing Options: Dormitory, On Campus
Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Host Country Language: Japanese
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Academic Exchange Student Information

The Nagoya University Program for Academic Exchange (NUPACE) is a short-term student exchange program that was launched in 1996. Under this program, students enrolled at universities that have academic exchange agreements with Nagoya University can study in Japan for 4 to 12 months.

NUPACE educational programs are unique and flexible combinations of Japanese language training, Japan studies courses, international understanding courses, and courses in specialist fields.Basically, all of the lectures are taught in English.Students are expected to take 15 credits per semester, but they can choose a combination of Japanese language training, Japan studies courses, international understanding courses, courses in specialist fields and individual research topics according to their interests and foreign exchange goals.Students can also elect to take Guided Research under the supervision of an advisor. Furthermore, students with sufficient Japanese proficiency can choose to take regular undergraduate and graduate school courses taught in Japanese.

Introduction to Nagoya

Nagoya is the fourth largest city in Japan, and is the capital city of Aichi Prefecture. It lies in the southwest part of the Chubu (Central Japan) region and is conveniently placed for access by public transport through being on the main Shinkansen (Bullet Train) railway line that runs east-west along the Pacific Ocean. Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima are all within easy reach.


Nagoya city is an ancient foundation which has played a significant role through history, not only as a transport hub but also as the main city of the rich and fertile Nobi Plain. The magnificent Nagoya Castle was constructed early in the 17th century and the town with its many industries has since developed around it. Over the last century, the port of Nagoya has grown to become the largest in Japan for international commercial shipping and is today connected with over 150 countries worldwide. Because of its excellent transport connections, Nagoya has become increasingly prosperous and is now the home of many significant industrial businesses, such as the Toyota Motor Corporation.


Today, Nagoya has a population of 2.2 million and continues to develop as a vibrant center of commerce, culture and learning. Its port, its business center, its museums and its university make it one of the most lively and stimulating cities in Japan.


Nagoya Convention & Visitors Bureau "Nagoya Information Navi" 

Academic Calendar
Academic Year 2015 (April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016)

April 1 - September 30 1st Semester
October 1 - March 31 2nd Semester
April 5 Entrance Ceremony
May 1 University Anniversary
July 23 - August 5 Examination Period
August 8 - September 30 Summer Vacation
September 28 Fall Graduation Ceremony
October 5 Fall Entrance Ceremony
December 28 - January 7 Winter Vacation
January 28 - February 10 Examination Period

Nagoya University Housing

Nagoya University Student Clubs


Pre-Arrival Information

A) Computer Access 
You are strongly recommended to bring your own laptop and to apply for Wireless LAN access in the International Education & Exchange Center after arrival. Access will be available after registering your ID and password, which will be distributed during Life Orientation. 

B) Transportation
Subway rides costs upwards of 200 yen depending on the distance traveled. The 20-minute ride from Nagoya University Station to Nagoya Station comes to 260 yen. A bus ride in Nagoya costs 200 yen, irrespective of distance. You may save time and money by using a rechargeable smart card (MANACA), depending on the number of rides required. You can find more information on the website of the Nagoya Transportation Bureau. 

C) Electricity: 
The electrical voltage in Nagoya is 100V, AC 60 Hz. 

             Plug Type A

D) Climate and Clothes
In Japan, spring, summer, autumn and winter are very distinct seasons.  Winter can prove cold, with minimum temperatures of -5? and the occasional snowfall. From March, temperatures start to rise slowly, peaking at around 38? in the very hot and muggy Nagoya summer. Students should bear these seasonal changes in mind when choosing what clothes to bring to Japan. They are also advised that it may prove challenging to find larger than average clothes and shoe sizes.