Bright temple in Nagoya, Japan surrounded by trees

Exchange in Nagoya, Japan

  1. Program Details

    Live in Nagoya, Japan's third-largest city, a bustling technological and industrial force. Study at Nagoya University, one of Japan's "National Seven" universities.

    Location Nagoya, Japan
    Term Academic Year, Spring Semester
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Exchange in Nagoya, Japan

    Nagoya University is located in the nerve center of the Chubu Industrial Zone, a region where traditional and modern industries meet. The area has played a central role in Japan's history as the home of Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu, the three military leaders who unified Japan over four hundred years ago, bringing an end to the Period of Warring States. 

    Nagoya University offers a wide range of coursework taught in English, and is an ideal university for students with limited Japanese language background. 

    For more information on the University of Minnesota's other Japanese exchange partner schools, view the at a glance comparison page.

    Housing & Meals

    You will be housed in dormitories with other international students. Bedrooms are fully furnished and kitchens are shared.

    For meals, you may prepare your own food or eat at local restaurants.


    Nagoya University has a wide range of cultural and sports clubs, which provide an excellent opportunity to meet Japanese students. There are also a number of volunteer groups involved with international students.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students having participated in a bilateral exchange program will:

    • Develop a stronger sense of confidence by engaging in a highly independent study abroad program and foster second language acquisition whenever possible
    • Learn to appreciate diverse world views, accept complexity, and embrace ambiguity; added benefit of reciprocity to foster mutual respect and understanding
    • Experience a new culturally specific academic system and incorporate different academic perspectives
    • Identify and communicate how their experience abroad has impacted them personally, academically, and professionally

    Faculty & Staff

    On-site support is provided by Nagoya University's Education Center for International Students and International Affairs Division. Staff are available to provide you with academic advising as well as support adjusting to a new educational system and integrating into campus life.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study
    Program Level Upper and lower division coursework available.

    15 credits per semester

    Bilateral exchange program. Instruction is in English and Japanese alongside other international students.


    Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

    You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.

    Finding Course Information

    You will participate in Nagoya University's Program for Academic Exchange (NUPACE)and choose from the following types of courses: 

    Japanese Language Courses

    Choose from one of two language programs. The standard program offers beginning to advanced Japanese language and meets once per day for five days a week. The intensive program offers beginning to intermediate Japanese language and meets twice per day for five days a week.

    English-Taught Area Studies Courses

    Choose from English-taught courses designed for international students. Areas include Japanese life and culture, agricultural science, chemistry, economics, education, engineering, environmental studies, information science, international development, languages and cultures, law, math, and medicine.

    Introductory Courses taught in Japanese

    Aimed at students who have intermediate to advanced Japanese language skills. You must take a Japanese Language Proficiency test to place into these courses.

    If you have advanced Japanese skills, you may be able to take regular Nagoya University courses.

    Independent research (Guided Independent Study-GIS)

    After consulting and obtaining permission from your academic advisers, you could pursue independent research in your major field of study during the second semester.

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    * All spots for the Spring 2021 semester at Nagoya University have been filled.

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Academic Year 2020/21 Late September—Early August* Feb 1, 2020
    Spring 2021 Late March—Early August* Sep 11, 2020


    Because Exchange in Japan spots are limited each year, applicants are encouraged to have a backup program in mind. 

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Academic Year 2020-21 TBD TBD
  5. Fees for Exchange in Nagoya, Japan

    Spring 2020

    Academic Year 2020/21

    Spring 2021

    Students participating on exchanges are charged a program fee which is inclusive of University of Minnesota-Twin Cities tuition and fees, University of Minnesota Advising, Placement, Academic and Administrative Costs (APAAC) and international health insurance. The APAAC covers application processing, advising services, orientation, course registration, grade transfer and posting for resident credit as well as program billing and assistance with financial aid when applicable.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Program Dates for term options
    Program Name Exchange in Nagoya
    Track Name Nagoya University
    Country Japan


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.


    Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

    • Application Essay

    • 1-page résumé 

    • Advising appointment with the Exchange Coordinator

    • Japan Exchange University Preference List (Submit this document if you are willing to be placed at another Japanese university if you aren't selected for placement at Nagoya; list up to four alternates.  View the at-a-glance comparison page for information on other options.)

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you. 

    Application Review Process

    Exchange programs can be competitive. We are typically not able to place all students who apply. After the application deadline, a Learning Abroad Center selection committee will review applications and make endorsements. If an applicant is not selected for his/her first choice Japanese university, we will place students at second and third choice schools. Having flexibility is recommended, as well as having investigated other options abroad.

    If nominated, you will also be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.

    If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad application system and submit a cancellation request.

  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Cathy Huber or call at 612.624.9016.

  8. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.

    We don't currently have any past particpants that can be contacted.

COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for spring semester 2021 due to COVID-19.