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Nagoya University has long been a leader in Japan’s higher education sector, and was appointed in 2018 as a “Designated National University,” one of only six such institutions in the country. Nagoya is the fourth largest city in Japan, with convenient access by bullet train to Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. It is a vibrant center of commerce, culture and learning. Its port, business center, museums and university make it one of the most lively and stimulating cities in Japan.

Learn more about being an exchange student at Nagoya University.

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Students participate in Nagoya University's Program for Academic Exchange (NUPACE), which offers a unique curriculum consisting of Japanese language instruction, Japan area/intercultural studies, and a number of English-taught courses. Guided research is also available. Students who are proficient in Japanese are eligible to register for any course offered to degree-seeking students at Nagoya University. Students choose courses from the following content areas:

Japanese Language Courses
NUPACE offers 8 levels of Japanese language, integrated Japanese courses for advanced Japanese language learners, and specialized courses, including business Japanese, academic Japanese, and kanji classes. For upper intermediate and pre-advanced students, a limited number of courses taught in Japanese are also available. 

Full-year students can focus exclusively on language acquisition by enrolling in the Intensive Program in Advanced Japanese offered by Nagoya University's International Language Centre.

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, and math.

Introductory Courses taught in Japanese

A limited number of courses in Japanese linguistics, literature, and culture are available for students who have intermediate to advanced Japanese language skills. You must take a Japanese Language Proficiency test to place into these courses.

You must register for a minimum of 13 credits per term. 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. See the Grade & Credit  Conversion Scale for more details.

Housing & Meals

Students live in a mixed Japanese/international student or an exclusively international student dormitory on or near campus. All units are fully furnished.

There are no university-managed dining halls, so students must prepare their meals at home or eat out. 

Program Fees

Program fee

  • Academic Year 2021–2022: $13,400
  • Spring Semester 2022: Available October 2021

Program fee includes tuition and educational costs, and international health insurance.

Total cost of participation

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Academic Year 2021-22: February 19, 2021
Spring 2022: September 1, 2021

If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

The program is currently full for Academic Year 2021-22.

Academic Calendar

Academic Year:  Early October - Early August  
Spring Semester:  Early April - Early August

Program dates are subject to change. Contact our office or visit the NUPACE academic calendar website for arrival date information before purchasing your airfare.


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To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information:

Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
Education Abroad Term

Academic Year

Spring semester only

Program Name Exchange in Nagoya
Track Name Nagoya University
Country Japan

Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

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Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

  • Application Essay
  • Advising appointment with the Exchange Coordinator
  • Japan Exchange University Preference List
    • Exchange spots at Japanese universities are limited, and you are encouraged to have a back-up program in mind. If you are not accepted to Nagoya University and wish to be considered for other universities, you may list up to 3 alternatives in order of preference. View the at-a-glance comparison page for information on other options.

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

Application Review Process

After the application deadline, the GO Minnesota selection committee will review applications and make decisions within 2 weeks. If you are nominated, your name will be submitted to the host university and you will complete their application materials. Upon your official acceptance by the host university, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.

Exchange programs can be competitive, and we may not be able to place all students who apply. If you are not selected for your first-choice Japanese university, we will place you at your second- or third-choice school. 

If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad application system and submit a cancellation request.

If the program does not fill, applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis until the program fills or until the host university deadline. Please contact us to inquire about applying after the deadline.