Nagasaki, Japan
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Nagasaki Courses - 2021 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
  • 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)

Guided Independent Study

This course offers the opportunity to do research on an individually chosen subject connected with Japanese Language, Culture, Literature, History of Thoughts, or Society. Independent study classes can be requested provided the topic of study falls within a narrow range of topics which are appropriate to the expertise of the participating faculty in that particular term. Students will be assigned an appropriate faculty advisor to assist them in their research and evaluate their work.

Field Studies

Students will work together under the guidance of a Japanese language instructor to improve their language skills and build a broader understanding of Japan through activities inside and outside of the classroom. Students will learn about Nagasaki’s history and culture through examining historic sites in Nagasaki.

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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