Exchange in Nagoya, Japan

Exchange in Nagoya, Japan — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type Bilateral exchange program. Instruction is in English and Japanese alongside other international students.
Program Level Upper and lower division coursework available.
Courseload 15 credits per semester.


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.

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 overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in marketing your study abroad experience for future goals, making you stand out from your peers upon return.

Benefits of Global Identity

No Additional Cost

Because integrated-study programs like Exchange programs provide less on-site support than other study abroad program models, Global Identity is offered at no additional cost (regular $200 tuition is waived for students on this program). Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you understand and articulate the skills you’re developing during your time abroad. Registration instructions will be emailed out via the Learning Abroad Center, or you can contact Ryan McCarthy for additional information.