IES Nagoya

  • Location: Nagoya, Japan
  • Language of Instruction: English and Japanese
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


This program requires special permission.

Located at the heart of central Japan, Nagoya has a population of more than 2 million. This is one of Japan’s major cities and an important industrial and cultural center. Its rich natural environment provides the backdrop for scenic areas such as Ise Bay, Nobi Plain, and the Kiso River. Nanzan University, site of the IES Center, is a distinguished private university on a wooded campus on a hill above Nagoya.

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition only to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting tuition payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    This program requires special permission.

    Students must have completed two semesters of college-level (or equivalent) Japanese language. Students must have taken an appropriate level Japanese course no more than one year prior to the program start date. Some university courses may not be available to sophomores. Students must complete Nanzan University applications, as well as IES application by the deadline; IES may accept students provisionally, but final decisions are made by Nanzan University. Students are required to take an appropriate-level Japanese language course while abroad. The application requirements can be found on the IES website.

    Academic Credit

    Students must carry at least 15 credit hours per semester and are not permitted to take less than 15 credits per semester. Students take the 8 credit Japanese Language course. The remaining courses are 2-3 credit area studies classes. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Students enroll at Nanzan University.

    Course Highlights

    Business, Economics, History, International Relations, Japanese Civilization, Literature, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, and Studio Arts of Japan. English-taught university courses in Communication Studies, Gender and Society, International Financial Management, International Marketing, Intercultural Communication, Intercultural Communication, Japanese Linguistics, and Language Acquisition.

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Program held outside of Nagoya in Kanazawa or Inuyama. Students stay with host families, participate in cultural events such as a Japanese tea ceremony, and begin intensive Japanese language instruction.

    Number of Students: Approximately 8,900 students at Nanzan University.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Guaranteed in home stays, privately managed off-campus Residence Halls, or on-campus International Residence Halls.

    Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Field Trips:  IES Abroad Nagoya organizes field trips throughout teh semester, all of which are included in the program fee.  Previous trips have included 2-day trips to Kanazawa, Takayama, Kyoto, and Nara, a day trip to Nagahama, and a 3-day trip to Hiroshima.

    Sports: Aikido, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, cycling, dance, fencing, golf, gymnastics, field hockey, karate, mountaineering, netball, rowing, rugby, sailing, skiing, soccer, squash, swimming, table tennis, tai chi, tennis, volleyball, water polo.


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  • Semester/Year
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Semester I: Late August to late December
  • Semester II: Early January to mid-May
  • Year: Late August to mid-May
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 1
  • Semester II: July 25
  • Year: February 1
Faculty Contact

Hank Glassman