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Nihon University
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Summer I
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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:
Jump To: Application Instructions Overview Location Academics Cost Housing Itinerary Resources

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 is January 15th, 2015. 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.

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.

See the Japanese Programs Quick Comparison sheet for more information about Study abroad programs in Japan: 2014-2015 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
Good Academic standing
Minimum GPA of 2.75
Completion of Japanese 1010.

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, 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).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home 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 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

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 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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This program is currently not accepting applications.