Learning Abroad Center

Accessibility: Exchange in Nagoya: Nagoya University

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Learn about Exchange in Nagoya, Japan.


The Japanese culture is not well prepared to accept individuals with disabilities into mainstream society. On an individual basis, Japanese people are caring and attentive, and will often sense the unspoken needs of others. However, the social infrastructure to aid people with disabilities is inadequate; attempts at accommodation only occur when the need arises.

In the past this program has and continues to host exchange students with mild psychiatric disabilities, however these students are generally treated the same and accommodations are not often granted unless it is obvious that the student cannot cope. Japanese universities have started to build an infrastructure for students with disabilities; At Nagoya University, for example, the International Education & Exchange Centre provides support for students with both mental health and physical disabilities.  Nevertheless, measures aimed at accommodations are generally individualized and ad hoc, and a severely disabled exchange student should contact the program coordinators before applying for an exchange.   

Classroom and Academics

Students usually spend 15 hours per week in class plus an additional 5-8 hours per week for homework. Students learn course material through lectures, readings, video, research, labs and assessment is typically exams, presentations and papers. Homework can either be handwritten or a computer can be used.

Academic accommodations that could possibly be made are recorded lectures, separate room for exams and extra time to complete exams. Sign language interpreters are not available.

Excursions and Field Trips

Coach buses are usually used for excursions. Some trips do entail extensive walking.

Housing and Food Services

‘International Residence’ is on campus and has single rooms with en-suite kitchenettes and showers. “International Ohmeikan’ is a residence hall that is a ten minute walk from the university and it has single rooms with showers, however, there are shared kitchens. There is no special services available to assist disabled students with finding accessible housing.  All students would automatically be placed in university housing. Dining facilities are also available on campus.


No assistive technology is available to students, however computer labs and the internet are available.

Library Services

There is access to library facilities.


Public transport system (bus and subway) is available.  Subway stations have lifts, and station staff may also provide assistance when getting on and off the train.  On the other hand, the bus service may not be convenient for individuals in a wheelchair, since not all buses are wheelchair-friendly.