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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Nanzan University

 

Experience the world of Japan!

The Center for Japanese Studies Program (CJS) at Nanzan University offers a combination of two components: The first is an intensive language component designed for students who are serious about studying Japanese. The second encompasses a broad spectrum of courses in Japanese area studies, perfect for students interested in learning about Japan. Outside of class, students can enjoy day trip excursions to Toyota Motors or relax on campus in the Japan Plaza with their new Japanese friends.

This program would be suitable for students that are ready to be abroad, but would still like some of the academic services that a U.S. college provides.  It is a good choice for someone that is a world traveler OR has never left their hometown.

Learn more about Nanzan University here. Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange or Direct-Enroll (summer only)

Locations

Nagoya, Japan

Languages of Instruction

English, Japanese - 1 semester of Japanese recommended

Program Dates

Fall 2018: September to December

Spring 2019: January to May

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

 

Early departure for fall term may be possible. Please contact the ISEP coordinator of the host country for more information.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.  
  • Language Requirement: 1 semester of university-level Japanese recommended, but not required. Courses taught in Japanese may be audited, but fluency is required and subject to each course instructor’s approval.
  • Students must submit ISEP language proficiency report in the application, even if native speaker.

 

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

 

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.

Location

The university is located in Nagoya and is easily accessible by subway train and bus. Nagoya, in Central Japan, is one of the country’s leading metropolises of international trade, industry, and culture. Its strategic geographical location makes access to other big cities like Tokyo and Osaka easy. Direct flights to Nagoya from numerous major cities around the world are available. 

Nagoya enjoys a temperate climate. Summers (July, August) are hot and very humid. The winter (December-February) is chillier than the thermometer might indicate because of the cold north winds. However, there are relatively few days of snow. Heavy rains occur in the June rainy season, and it also rains frequently in September. Temperatures during the spring season from March to May are very comfortable while the autumn season from September to November can be rather cool.

Academics

From modest beginnings as a College of Foreign Languages in 1946, Nanzan has grown into a full-fledged university with a worldwide reputation for academic excellence. Nanzan’s educational philosophy is summed up in its motto Hominis Dignitati (for human dignity) and represented in its objectives as a Catholic university: Christian spirit, academic excellence, international awareness, and service to the community. 

Nanzan University is part of a complex of educational establishments gathered under the organizational umbrella of Nanzan Gakuen. This educational complex consists of three junior and senior high schools, and an elementary school in addition to the university. The university has eight facilities, five research institutes, and four centers specializing in overseas area studies. 

Students typically enroll in 6-7 classes per term, which averages to 21 hours in class per week. A term runs for 15 weeks. Most students will take 7 classes to earn 4 Lake Forest credits.

 

PROGRAMS

The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) offers intensive language instruction, lecture courses in Japanese Area Studies, Japanese Art courses, field trips and guided the independent study. The CJS program has been a leader in Japanese language studies since its founding in 1974. The goal of the center is to help each student develop a better understanding of the Japanese people and language. By living and learning in Japan, students engage with a wide cross-section of people from other countries and cultures. The result is a dynamic group of students from many different backgrounds united in their goal to discover Japan.

Language Courses: Intensive Japanese language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and/or semester for all levels. 

 

HINTS FOR RESEARCHING COURSES

Please visit the CJS page for more information on curriculum and course descriptions.

 

Classroom Culture

Japanese students are typically very quiet during class. Rather than interrupting the professor to ask questions, Japanese students may be more inclined to wait until the class has dismissed before speaking with peers, checking their text books, or meeting with professors to ask specific questions.

Open questions presented for anyone to answer within the classroom may receive little feedback from Japanese students. Professors in Japan often times call students by name when seeking classroom participation.

Japanese students sometimes refrain from using eye contact when speaking with their professors. This does not mean that these students are insincere nor does it suggest that the student is being disrespectful.

 

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:

http://www.isep.org/students/Placed/country_handbooks.asp

 

ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

Grading

Attendance plays an important role in the final grade for students, especially for Japanese speaking class. Speaking examinations are given periodically to students to test their language comprehension abilities.

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Experiential Opportunities

ISEP students are encouraged to participate in the Nanzan Study Abroad Fair to help promote study abroad and the ISEP exchange program to Japanese students on campus. The Nanzan Center for Japanese Studies offers a volunteering course for students of intermediate Japanese ability. Students can experience volunteering off-campus.

Student Life

From modest beginnings as a College of Foreign Languages in 1946, Nanzan has grown into a full-fledged university with a worldwide reputation for academic excellence. Nanzan’s educational philosophy is summed up in its motto Hominis Dignitati (for human dignity) and represented in its objectives as a Catholic university: Christian spirit, academic excellence, international awareness, and service to the community. 

Nanzan University is part of a complex of educational establishments gathered under the organizational umbrella of Nanzan Gakuen. This educational complex consists of three junior and senior high schools, and an elementary school in addition to the university. The university has eight facilities, five research institutes, and four centers specializing in overseas area studies. Student enrollment: approximately 10,000.

 

ORIENTATION

ISEP students are required to participate in an orientation program upon arrival. Topics and activities covered include:

  • Japanese Placement Test
  • Academic Orientation & Course Registration
  • Student Services Orientation
  • Housing Information Session
  • Internet & Computer Usage Orientation
  • Commuter Pass Application
  • Campus Tour
  • Opening a Bank Account
  • Scholarship Orientation
  • Welcome Party



ARRIVAL DETAILS

Pick-up service from Chubu Centrair International Airport is available. The host will also provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Students at the Center for Japanese Studies can enjoy culturally rich activities at Nanzan University. Center students have the opportunity to tour the assembly plant of the world-famous Toyota Motors, where they can learn about the automotive industry as well as Toyota’s vehicle production and corporate management. Students can choose to spend an evening enjoying the classical Japanese art of Kabuki or an unforgettable visit to the Zen Buddhist monastery, and much more.

In the one-day bus tour, students have a chance to visit historically rich and beautiful places such as Kyoto, the Shinto shrines at Ise, Takayama, as well as other interesting places and World Heritage sites.

CJS students have many opportunities to interact with Japanese students at informal coffee hours held once or twice a month. Recently, activities have included cooking, origami, playing karuta (a Japanese card game) and international students’ introduction to their home countries and their universities.

Housing and Meals

Housing options include homestays, off-campus international residence halls, and private dormitories. Students living with host families eat meals with their families, while those living in dormitories are provided with monthly allowances to cover housing and meals. Depending on dormitory facilities, students can cook their own meals or dine in nearby restaurants.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item

Amount

Lake Forest College Tuition

$22,412

Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost

$5,100

College Deposit (credit)

($250)

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

$27,512

ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application

 $325

College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)

 $250

ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated) Note: Some countries require national insurance.  Check ISEP

 $360

Additional Meals

 $600

Estimated Airfare

 $1,800

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)

 $2,100

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $5,435

Total

 $32,947 

Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2017.  We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Experiences of Former Students

WHAT PAST STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY

Before coming to Nanzan, I heard nothing but amazing things about their program. A teacher of mine who was an alum of the program gave it an especially glowing recommendation. To say the least, my expectations were very high. I am happy to say that Nanzan was more than what I had expected. This is not even enough to mention the abundance of amazing non-academic opportunities Nanzan provides. My time at Nanzan has been a fun, stressful year in which I have learned a great deal. So coming full circle, I offer the same kind of glowing recommendation my Japanese teacher gave me.