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Nihon University
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Summer I
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 01/15/2017** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2017 01/15/2017** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer I 2017 01/15/2017** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 01/15/2017** 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:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Program Specialist:
Yumi Takahashi-Ede
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
 Program Length:
Academic Year, Semester, Summer
Program Description:
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Application Instructions

The Japanese Exchange programs are highly competitive and require a lengthy application process to each host university. All applicants must first apply through the general “Japan – Academic Year Exchange Program” application on BroncosAbroad. This application will ask for your top 3 choice of schools in Japan along with regular application requirements. When comparing schools, please keep in mind the GPA requirements, location of the school, and required language experience as these vary greatly between schools.

The deadline for the BroncosAbroad application for Academic Year of 2017-2018 is January 15, 2017. We will then evaluate all applications and invite students to a Selection Committee Interview sometime in early February. After the interviews, advisors will decide on Exchange placements and will assist students with host university applications.

See the Japanese Programs Quick Comparison sheet for more information about Study abroad programs in Japan: Japanese Programs_2016-2017 quick comparison.pdf

Program Overview

Nihon University is one of Japan’s largest private universities, comprising 16 colleges with 87 departments, 20 graduate schools, 11 attached and affiliated high schools, 5 attached and affiliated junior high schools, an elementary school and a kindergarten. The university’s forerunner, Nihon Law School, was founded in 1889, and since then Nihon University has continued to lead education and research with a consistently global perspective and progressive spirit.

Nihon University offers the Japanese Language and Japan Studies Program (JLSP) to exchange students from overseas universities with which Nihon University has established inter-university exchange agreements. Under the JLSP, international exchange program students undergo short-term intensive Japanese language and cultural/social education. The program offers 3 subjects: Japanese Language Subject, Japan Studies Subject, and Intercultural Experience Subject.

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.

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The Nihon University campus where the Japanese Language and Japan Studies Program is conducted is located in Ichigaya (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), a central area for Japanese business and commerce. The Nippon Budokan, Yasukuni Shrine, and other well-known sites are located nearby. Moreover, the campus is optimally located for accessing the main areas of Tokyo, with Tokyo Dome, Korakuen amusement park, Akihabara’s electronics quarter, and Shinjuku-Fukutoshin sub-center located only 10-15 minutes away by train.

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 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
Good Academic standing
Minimum GPA of 2.75
Completion of Japanese 2010

Academic Program
Under the Nihon University Japanese Language and Japan Studies Program (JLSP), international exchange program students undergo short-term intensive Japanese language and cultural/social education (approximately two-and-a-half-month period). The program offers 3 subjects: Japanese Language Subject (Comprehensive Japanese/Elective Japanese), Japan Studies Subject (taught in English), and Intercultural Experience Subject (in which Japanese-speaking volunteers also participate).

Students are divided into Japanese Language courses according to the level of their Japanese language proficiency to enable them to study the language efficiently in a short period of time. Levels are decided based on the results of a placement test conducted at the beginning of the program. In the Japan Studies Subject, students study in English about Japanese economy, Japanese art, issues that modern Japanese society is facing, and Japanese behavioral patterns. In the Intercultural Experience Subject, students experience Japanese society and culture directly using Japanese words and expressions actually used by native speakers and coming into touch with their meaning as well as connotation while interacting with volunteers.

Students wishing to study under JLSP for more than one term study only Comprehensive Japanese and Elective Japanese from their second term onwards.

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, administrative fees, and international health and emergency assistance insurance. Program fees will be billed to the student account for the each semester.

The program fee does not include: housing, meals, airfare, books, local transportation, passport, visa, and personal expenses. Costs not included in this program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

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

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing be divided into qualified (expenses and fees related to the class or program) and non-qualified (other costs).  The total program fee equals the program commitment fee plus qualified and non-qualified expenses added together.


   Program commitment fee
+ Qualified (expenses and fees related to the class or program)
+ Non-qualified (other costs)
= Total program fee

Program commitment fee:  This is a portion of the program fee which is billed after the student clicks the "Commit" button to secure their place in the program.  The remainder of the program fee is billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment in study abroad credits. The program commitment fee is due within 30 days once charged to the WMU student account. After 30 days, per university accounts policy, holds will be placed on past-due balances.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad, so plan ahead!  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to receiving financial aid for the semester, such as the program commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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, they 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).  

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Nihon University Japanese Language and Japan Studies Program students will become tenants of flats rented by Nihon University. It takes approximately 30-40 minutes by train from campus. All are single rooms with desk, bed, bedclothes (sheets, quilt, and pillow) in a dormitory. Breakfast and dinner are included in the monthly accommodation fees. Dining room, washing machine, and shower are in the common spaces in the dormitory.

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Summer 2016

Arrival Day: May 10
Orientation & Placement Test: May 12
Summer Semester begins: May 16
Summer Semester ends: July 26

Fall 2016

Arrival Day: September 13
Orientation & Placement Test: September 15
Fall Semester begins: September 20
Fall Semester ends: December 6

Spring 2017

Arrival Day: January 11, 2017
Orientation & Placement Test: January 13, 2017
Spring Semester begins: January 17, 2017
Spring Semester ends: March 29, 2017

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
Nihon University
Nihon University Japanese Language and Japan Studies Program
Guide to the Nihon University Japanese Language and Japan Studies Program 

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
Professor of Japanese Literature & Translation Studies

Professor Rika Saito
Associate Professor of Japanese Language & Literature

Professor Carlos Pimentel
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language

Study Abroad Specialist:
Yumi Takahashi-Ede
Study Abroad Specialist
2425E Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890

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