Learning Abroad in Asian Languages & Literatures:  Japanese Language Concentration

Learning Abroad in Asian Languages & Literatures: Japanese Language and Culture Concentration

 

 

Department Recommendations

Familiarize yourself with the graduation requirements for the ALL major or minor

Program Selection

There are three basic types of programs

Exchange Options in Japan

The Learning Abroad Center offers semester and academic year exchange options in Japan. All of these are classified as Study Center Programs with a University Component.

Best Time to Go Abroad

Meet With the ALL Academic Adviser

Fulfill Academic Requirements

Liberal Education Requirements

Major and Minor Requirements

Language Coursework

Upon Return

Scholarship Opportunities

University of Minnesota

National Scholarships

Japan-specific & Region-specific Scholarships

Programs

Asia and Oceania

Hiroshima, Japan

Exchange in Hiroshima, Japan: Hiroshima University

  • Program Type: Study Center Program with a university component
  • Program Term: Academic Year
  • Housing: Dormitory
  • Intensive Japanese language study available
  • Non-language courses available in English
  • Resident credit

Kyoto, Japan

Exchange in Kyoto, Japan: Ritsumeikan University

  • Program Type: Study Center Program with a university component
  • Program Term: Academic year, Spring Semester
  • Housing: Dormitory
  • Intensive Japanese language study available
  • Non-language courses available in English
  • Resident credit

Nagoya, Japan

Exchange in Nagoya, Japan: Nagoya University

  • Program Type: Study Center Program with a university component
  • Program Term: Academic Year, Spring semester
  • Housing: Dormitory
  • Intensive Japanese language study available
  • Non-language courses available in English
  • Resident credit

Nanzen University (offered through IES Japan)

  • Direct enroll option is available through IES Japan
  • Program Term: Semester, Academic Year
  • Housing: Homestays available
  • Intensive Japanese language study available
  • English-taught Japanese area studies courses available
  • One-year college-level Japanese required
  • Resident credit

Osaka, Japan

CET Academic Programs

  • Program Type: Study Center
  • Program Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Housing: Dorm with local roommate
  • Intensive Japanese language study
  • No prerequisites
  • Resident Credit 

Tokyo, Japan

Exchange in Tokyo, Japan: Sophia University

  • Program Type: Study Center Program with a university component
  • Program Term: Academic Year, Spring Semester
  • Housing: Apartment, Dormitory
  • Intensive Japanese language study available
  • Non-language courses available in English
  • Resident credit

Sophia University (available through CIEE Japan)

  • Program Type: Study Center Program with a university component
  • Program Term: Academic Year, Spring Semester, Summer Session
  • Housing: Apartment, Dormitory
  • Intensive Japanese language study available
  • Non-language courses available in English
  • Resident credit

Exchange in Tokyo, Japan: Hitotsubashi University

  • Program Type: Study Center Program with a university component
  • Program Term: Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • Housing: Dormitory
  • Intensive Japanese language study available
  • Non-language courses available in English
  • Resident credit

Study Abroad in Tokyo (available through IES Japan)

  • Program Type: Study Center Program 
  • Program Term: Semester, Academic Year, Calendar Year, Summer Session
  • Housing: Dormitory, Homestay
  • Language-intensive program available
  • Language course instruction available at Meikai University that combines grammar, vocabulary, reading and academic writing, and kanji.
  • Non-language courses available in English
  • 3 semesters of college-level Japanese required
  • Resident credit

Additional Options to Consider

Global Seminars

  • Three-week programs led by University of Minnesota faculty, have no prerequisites, are open to freshmen, and fulfill one or more Liberal Education requirements.
  • Ten or more locations and themes offered each year during winter break and May session. Example of past Global Seminar with a Japanese focus: Philosophies of Wellness: Holistic Healing in Japan
  • A Global Seminar early in your undergraduate experience can give you plenty of time to follow up with a longer study abroad experience later.

Non-Credit Opportunities

  • Non-credit opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.

Student Experiences

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.