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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,
Spring,
Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
WMU
 Minimum GPA:
2.75
 Program Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas
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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Location

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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Academics

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

Cost

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.

The program fee does not include: airfare, meals, local transportation, passport and miscellaneous expenses. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. The 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 to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs). The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
Example:
      Commitment fee
      + Qualified fees (tution)
      + Non-qualified fees (other costs)
      = Total program fee

Commitment fee: The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form. The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment.

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.

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 financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the 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.

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Housing

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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Itinerary

TBD

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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
StudentsAbroad

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

Contact

Program faculty directors:
Professor Jeffrey Angles
Associate Professor, Japanese Literature & Translation Studies
jeffrey.angles@wmich.edu
WMU Faculty Director Homepage

Professor Rika Saito
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literature
rika.saito@wmich.edu

Study Abroad Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas
sakhi.vyas@wmich.edu

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This program is currently not accepting applications.