Learning Abroad in Asian Languages & Literatures:  Japanese Language Concentration

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

 

Study Abroad Process

Familiarize yourself with the Learning Abroad Process. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures before beginning your study abroad research.

There are three basic types of programs for semester and academic year-based programs:

The Learning Abroad Center offers semester and academic year exchange options in Japan.

Best time to go abroad

Fulfill requirements

Liberal Education Requirements

Major or Minor Requirements

Meet with the ALL adviser to:

Course Selection and Evaluation

Language and Culture Coursework Abroad

Language Coursework Upon Return

Please consult with the ALL adviser to determine:  

Please contact the ALL adviser for placement testing dates.

Upon Return

Scholarship Opportunities Specific to Japan/Asia

The Japan Student Services Organization, also known as JASSO, offers scholarships for overseas students who wish to come to Japan to study for one academic year, and whose home institutions have official affiliation or consortium agreements with the Japanese universities. The Japanese universities select nominees for this scholarship and no application is required of students.

Additional 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

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.

Work, Intern, and Volunteer (WIV) Abroad Programs (non-credit)

  • An alternative or complement to study abroad.
  • Explore new interests or gain experience related to your field of study
  • Consider paid and unpaid opportunities offered throughout the year at locations around the globe

Student Experiences

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