Nagasaki, Japan
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Nagasaki, Japan

Course Information: 2018 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.


USAC's partnership with Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) provides you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the study of Japanese language and culture. Courses are taught in English, with additional offerings in Japanese for intermediate and advanced-level students. You will enroll in 12-18 credits per semester, including one 4-credit Japanese language course. No prior language study is required. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by NUFS.

Japanese Language (4 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 8 (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 Language Proficiency Test Seminars (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 (typically 2 credits each)

Taught in English (available in simplified Japanese for intermediate and advanced students)

  • 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, Sumo and Aikido) (1 credit)
  • Modern Japanese History
  • Nagasaki Fieldwork
  • Overview of Japanese History
  • Peace Studies
  • Teaching English as a Foreign 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-based courses in English or Japanese focused on researching and proposing solutions to a local community issue. Past project courses have included improving bus routes and directions for tourists and visitors and increasing awareness of fair trade products available in Nagasaki prefecture. USAC students gain a unique opportunity to build relationships with students and local leaders while contributing to the Nagasaki community.

Field Studies

The Nagasaki Fieldwork and Current Events in Japan Seminar courses, focus on experiencing Japan outside of the classroom and learning firsthand through Nagasaki's cultural and historical features. Events and tours typically require advance research, followed by participation in an event or activity, and a concluding report or group presentation . Past topics have covered nationally renowned temples and shrines, local television stations and elementary schools. Students may enroll in one or both courses each 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., NUFS offers the option to finish coursework early before the Winter Holidays in late December. This option is available to Fall-only students. . Yearlong students may not take the early assessment option. Students sign up for this option on the Nagasaki application materials.

Course Descriptions

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