Nagasaki, Japan

Course Information

Nagasaki, Japan | 2017 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Areas of Study at Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies

Through our agreement with Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies, an array of courses will be made available for you to take. Areas of study are included below as an example of what is offered at the host university. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites by the host university.

  • All courses are available in English with additional courses available in Japanese to intermediate and advanced-level students.
  • You will enroll in a minimum of 12 credits per semester, including one 4-credit Japanese language course and elective courses in English and/or Japanese.
  • You will take a placement test and be assigned a study level from Japanese 1 to Japanese 8 with the opportunity to move classes if desired. No previous language coursework is required for the Japanese 1 level and all levels are offered in both semesters.
  • Depending on your goals, your course load might be more language intensive or more focused on Japan Studies, or a mixture of both.

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.

Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.

Japanese Language

Language courses are four credits each.

  • Beginning Level: Japanese 1
  • Elementary Levels: Japanese 2, Japanese 3
  • Intermediate Levels: Japanese 4, Japanese 5
  • Upper Intermediate Levels: Japanese 6, Japanese 7
  • Advanced Level: Japanese S (choose from up to 4 of 8 special advanced courses)

Japanese Language Elective Classes

  • Kanji and Vocabulary 1, 2, 3, and 4 (1 credit each)
  • Japanese Grammar Proficiency Test Levels N1, N2, N3, and N4 (1 credit each)
  • Japanese Pronunciation (1 credit)
  • Current Events in Japan Seminar (2 credits)
  • Current Events in Japan Fieldwork (2 credits)

Additional Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies Areas of Study

Taught in English (equivalent courses also available in simplified Japanese for intermediate and advanced students)
Courses are two credits each unless otherwise noted.

  • Contemporary Japanese Literature
  • Independent Study
  • Introduction to Japanese Society
  • Japanese Business
  • Japanese Film
  • Japanese Linguistics
  • Japanese Literary History
  • Japanese Management
  • Japanese Martial Arts (includes practice in Kendo and Aikido) (1 credit)
  • Japanese Popular Culture
  • Modern Japanese History
  • Modern Japanese Literature
  • Nagasaki Fieldwork
  • Overview of Japanese Culture
  • Overview of Japanese History
  • Peace Studies
  • Pre-Modern Japanese History
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Traditional Japanese Arts 1 (Calligraphy, Tea Ceremony, and Shogi) (1 credit)
  • Traditional Japanese Arts 2 (Kimono, Flower Arrangement, Karuta) (1 credit)
  • Traditional Japanese Arts 3 (Koto) (1 credit)

Project Courses

Fall semester students may collaborate with Japanese students on project classes in English or Japanese with a goal of researching and proposing solutions to a specific local community issue. Past project courses have included improving bus routes and directions for tourists and international visitors and increasing awareness of fair trade products available in Nagasaki prefecture. These projects give USAC students a unique opportunity to build friendships with students and local leaders while leaving a positive and meaningful impression on the Nagasaki community.

Field Studies

The Nagasaki Fieldwork and Current Events in Japan Seminar courses, both designed especially for study abroad students, focus on experiencing Japanese outside of the classroom and learning firsthand through Nagasaki's unique cultural and historical features.

Events and tours typically begin with advanced research, followed by first-hand participation in an event or activity, and concluding with a report or presentation in a small group. Past tours have included activities as wide-ranging as tours of nationally renowned temples and shrines and visits to local television stations and elementary schools. Students may enroll in one or both courses for two credits each per semester.

Japanese as a Foreign Language Exams

Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies offers preparatory courses for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at the N1, N2, and N3 levels with a focus on grammar and listening practice. The JLPT is offered near the university campus in early July and early December. It is attractive to students who wish to work in Japan or in Japanese companies abroad. Costs vary.

Fall Semester Early Assessment Option

The Japanese fall semester runs from late September through early February of the following year. Since some 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 assessment option. Students sign up for this option after they have been conditionally accepted by USAC, on the Nagasaki application materials.

Course Descriptions

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