Office of International Education

Japanese Study Abroad

Where should I go?

Before picking a program, first ask yourself: 

  1. Do I want to take classes in English, Japanese, or both?
  2. What credits do I need to transfer back?
  3. What type of atmosphere do I want? Who do I want to live with or take classes with? 
  4. What can I afford?
  5. Do I want to go for a summer, a semester, or a year? 
  6. Do I meet the language and GPA requirement?


Summer Programs

IPFW/University of Miyazaki Summer Program

  • Japanese Language & Culture Summer Program
  • For IPFW, Japanese and other international students
  • 3 weeks July - August
  • Program Fee: Approx $ 3,100
  • Language level: Beginning to advanced
  • Application due: March 25
  • Summer Program Website

ISEP Nanzan University

  • Intensive Japanese Language
  • For international students
  • Date: early June - late July
  • Deadline: March 15
  • Program Fee: $4,500
  • Language: English, Japanese

CLS Critical Language Scholarship 

  • Fully-funded summer language institute for U.S. university students sponsored by the U.S. Department of State
  • Intensive group-based language and cultural enrichment program

  • Formal classroom instruction plus excursions, conversation practice, and homestays
  • Date: 8-10 week summer program
  • Application due: mid-October
  • Language requirement: minimum two years
  • Must be U.S. citizen


Semester/Academic Year Programs

-Note: Because IPFW only offers 4 semesters of Japanese, many upper-level Japanese courses may come back as undistributed credit

Japanese Language & Culture courses only

After 1 semester of Japanese:

ISEP Academic Year: Toyo University. Toyo's language and culture courses follow a calendar similar to the U.S. academic calendar and requires one semester of Japanese language experience.

Nanzan's Center for Japanese Studies Program – for improving language skills. Follows U.S. Calendar

Kansai Gaidai's Asian Studies Program: Cultural Japanese program. Follows U.S. Calendar

Japanese Language & Culture Academic Year Programs

Semester 1: September to February
Semester 2: April to August

After 2 semesters of Japanese:

Ritsumeikan University , Kyoto with immersion Japanese culture & history (also offers Eng Business courses)

 After 4 semesters of Japanese:

IPFW/University of Miyazaki Exchange

12 credits EALC Undistributed

English Courses + Japanese Courses

Immersion Experience, minimum 2 semesters:

Nihon University - Mishima. offers a variety of international relations courses taught in English, recommended as a supplement to Japanese language coursework.

Chukyo University offers a genuine immersion experience and is for self-motivated and independent students that want to improve their Japanese

Advanced Japanese Content Courses + English courses:

Tokyo International University. TIU also offers various elective courses in English, fun trips, events and activities for exchange students, and intensive language courses for beginner.  Live with a host family

Major Scholarships to study in Japan

-  for intensive language study in a summer, semester or academic year

-       JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) - This program is designed by the government of Japan to provide funding specifically for U. S. students going abroad to universities in Japan.

-       The Bridging Scholarship program will award at least 25 scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan that begin in Spring 2015 $2,500 or $4,000

-       Foundation for Asia Pacific Education Scholarships 

-       Freeman Awards for Study Abroad in Asia - U. S. citizenship is required to receive this grant. It is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study in Asia.

-       ISEP Exchange: Pay IPFW Tuition/Housing Meals + financial aid applies

Visit our Scholarship page for more information

"Today was kind of awesome! Probably one of the most amazing moments in my life: using Japanese as a medium of communication where you are the only one who can speak English. Life-changing!" - Ricky Jenkins, Japan