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Nihon University
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Summer I
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 10/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
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 Program Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Nihon University was founded as a law school in 1889 and became a university the same year as WMU's founding (1903). Typically, WMU students attend Nihon to study the Japanese language, and so Japanese language courses form the core of the curriculum. With 14 graduate schools, 11 colleges, three schools and one junior college, it is the largest university in Japan. WMU is one of only 17 universities in the world to have an exchange agreement with Nihon.

WMU students interested in this exchange program may be able to contact students from the host institution currently studying at WMU. Contact the Haenicke Institute Study Abroad office for information.

Students must complete the application here on BroncosAbroad in order to get study abroad approval by WMU. Additionally, students must complete an application to Nihon University in order to be accepted into Nihon's study abroad program. Application materials may be found online or with the Study Abroad Specialist.

See the Japanese Programs Quick Comparison sheet for more information about Study abroad programs in Japan:
2012.WMU Study Abroad Programs in Japan - Quick Comparison.pdf

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Nihon University's Japanese language program is located in the Nihon Daigaku Kaikan Annex building, just a short walk from the JR Ichigaya Station in downtown Tokyo.  Tokyo is one of the world's great cities, offering extensive cultural and entertainment activities and providing the opportunity for students to experience a high level of cultural immersion. For visitors, many sites of interest lie either on or within the JR Yamanote line, the rail-loop that circles central Tokyo.  Ginza is the most famous shopping area in Tokyo.  Ueno Park north of the center has some of Japan's finest museums and galleries.  The Tokyo National Museum holds the world's largest selection of Japanese art; the National Science Museum is packed with scientific marvels; and the Shitamachi History Museum is a re-creation of the plebeian downtown quarters of old Tokyo.

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Academic Eligibility
Minimum GPA of 2.75; Completion of Japanese 1010.

See the Japanese Programs Quick Comparison sheet for more information about Study abroad programs in Japan: 2011.WMU Study Abroad Programs in Japan- Quick Comparison.pdf

Academic Program
WMU students study at Nihon in a 12-week intensive language and culture program during the spring semester or summer term. Classes are held at the Nihon Daigaku Kaikan Annex building in the center of Tokyo.  Students study alongside other international students.  Class sizes are small, and students have close personal contact with their professors.  Students typically study beginning, intermediate or advanced Japanese.  Students will take a placement test upon arrival to determine which level of courses they will take.  Other courses in English about Japanese culture and business are sometimes offered.  Professors usually arrange two outings per semester, one to a museum and another to a major tourist destination, such as Kamakura or Nikko.
WMU students may spend only one 12-week term in this program.  Students seeking a longer experience should apply to the other exchange programs, which last one academic year.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

The program fee includes tuition, fees, and WMU health insurance. Each student is responsible for the following costs: housing, meals, airfare, books, local transportation, passport, visa, and personal expenses. Remember to plan for extra expenses, such as weekend travel, personal spending money, etc.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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Nihon University provides one room per student in an apartment building for international students.  There are two apartment buildings that Nihon University currently uses, both located in Akazutsumi in the Setagaya Ward of Tokyo.  The rooms include utilities, stove, bathroom, washing machine, and Internet connection.  Students should allow 30,000 yen (exchange rates are variable, but roughly $300) per month for housing (meals not included). Since Nihon University subsidizes the costs of the apartments, this is only a small fraction of what an apartment in Tokyo would usually cost.

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Summer Term
Arrival in Tokyo: May 13, 2013
Orientation & Placement Test: May 15, 2013
Program dates: May 17-July 29, 2013

Fall Term
Arrival in Tokyo: September 10, 2013
Orientation & Placement Test: September 12, 2013
Program dates: September 17-December 2, 2013

Summer: May - July (less than 90 days)
Fall: Mid-September to early December (less than 90 days)

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
Nihon University

Country Information (external links)
Japan - Lonely Planet
Tokyo - Lonely Planet
U.S. Department of state Information
Country Specific Information - Japan
Culturegram - Japan

VISA (external links)
Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit


Program faculty directors:
Professor Jeffrey Angles
Associate Professor, Japanese Literature & Translation Studies
WMU Faculty Director Homepage

Professor Rika Saito
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literature

Study Abroad Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas

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