Japan is an ideal location for studying abroad. With a great mix of modern technology and conveniences along with its one-of-a-kind culture and history, you will be able to take courses ranging from Japanese language, culture, politics, and history to upper-level agriculture, math, and science courses taught in English!
There is a great food scene from sushi
. The climate
is moderate with snowfall rare and mild temperatures throughout the year. Japanese people are known for being polite and respectful and you don’t need to be able to speak Japanese to be able to get around and interact with people on a daily basis because the majority of Japanese people are able to converse in English. Restaurant menus, banks/ATM’s, train stations, airports, and road signs will also have both English and Japanese writing!
is located in the central Japanese city
of the same name, 20 miles from the city of Toyota
and its famed automobile factory. Nagoya’s population of over 2 million people makes it the 4th largest city in Japan. Located outside of the city center to the northeast, the Nagoya campus has a traditional layout and size similar to Iowa State’s despite enrolling only 15,000 students. There is plenty of green space and the campus has a subway stop which connects it to the city and makes weekend traveling to Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo very accessible.
Nagoya University Campus
This national university attracts a number of exchange students from the United States and around the world. In addition to being able to study Japanese language
, culture, and history
, students can choose from a range of programs with courses taught in English including agriculture
, and engineering
(Chemical, Material, Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace, Civil, and Automotive) through the G30 program
. A list of syllabi from courses taught in previous semesters can be found here
Housing and Campus Life
Nagoya has residence halls
for international students with both single and double rooms available. Double rooms have full bathrooms within and single rooms share bathrooms with one other single room. There are several student clubs
on campus, as well as a very cheap food court-style dining hall
, a Starbucks in the library, and several restaurants near campus. A campus map of Nagoya can be found here
Be aware that there are many elements of the Japanese university system which differ from that of the U.S. Many courses meet once per week for 90 minutes and are worth 2 credits. Some courses meet twice per week for 90 minutes and are worth 4 credits. The way these courses transfer back to ISU and are applied to your degree requirements is determined by your academic adviser. You should discuss your plans to study abroad with your academic adviser early on in the process.
Another difference is the academic calendar
. The fall semester begins in October and runs through January. The spring semester runs from late-March to early-August but ends prior to the start of ISU’s fall semester. This means that ISU students may go only for the spring semester or for the full academic year. Studying abroad in Japan during the fall semester only is not an option.
As an exchange program, there are a limited number of places available and there is a cap of 4 students per semester. If you are interested in participating, you should set up a meeting with Program Coordinator Peter Cruz by email (email@example.com)
Priority will be given to students that apply for the entire academic year then in the order in which completed
applications are received. Year in school and GPA may also be taken into account to determine which students will receive an exchange spot. Nagoya University requires students to be at or above a 3.0 GPA at time of application, without exception.