Study Abroad

IES Nagoya

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


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

  • You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
  • IES requires all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in any IES program. 

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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.


Students must have completed one semester 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.

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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 10,000 students at Nanzan University.

Housing/Meal Plans

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

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


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Freeman-Asia Scholarship
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Bridging Scholarship
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.

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  • Semester I: Early September to late December
  • Semester II: Early January to mid-May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: August 15

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