Students pose after the university's Opening Ceremony.
Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies was founded in 1945. The school’s motto is “to foster mutual understanding between nations and their peoples by the study of languages and cultures.” It is to this end that the JASIN program caters to non-native students, with the focus on Japanese society and culture.
Nearly 30% of the student body of this small university comes from other countries, thus enhancing the educational experience of both native and non-native students with a diverse campus population where each student is focused on learning a language and culture other than their own. Study abroad students are not only welcome to join in the wide range of extracurricular activities and clubs; they may also organize their own within the guidelines of the university.
The campus is located on the northern border of the city, and new facilities were built in 1996. Campus facilities include air-conditioned classrooms, a gymnasium, cafeteria, bookstore, and clubhouses. The campus also houses a multimedia center with a modern library, two computer assisted instruction (CAI) labs, and language laboratories.
Most students choose to fly into Fukuoka, as the Nagasaki airport is a small regional airport with few connections. Fukuoka’s International Airport has international arrivals through Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, as well as flights through other Asian countries such as Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore, and Hong Kong. A staff escort from Fukuoka to Nagasaki is available and most students choose to utilize this service. Most transfer flights arrive in the evening; therefore, a one-night stay in Fukuoka is required and transportation to Nagasaki the following day will be arranged. The stay and transportation are at the student’s expense.
Fall Semester Early Out Option
The Japanese fall semester runs from late September through early February of the following year. Since so many students on the fall only program need to be back at their home universities before the middle of February, NUFS offers the option to finish coursework early (for the same amount of credits for the class) by the last class day before the Winter Holidays in late December. This option is available only to students who will be ending their studies in Nagasaki in the fall. Yearlong students who will be continuing their studies in the program in the following spring semester are not allowed to take the early out option. Students sign up for this option after they have been conditionally accepted by USAC, on the Nagasaki application materials. The Program Advisor will assist them through this process.