Dickinson’s partner institution, Nanzan University, is located in Nagoya, Japan’s third-largest urban center. Along with studying the Japanese language, program participants take politics, folklore, religion, literature and history courses taught in English. Courses in traditional Japanese arts, such as calligraphy and woodblock printing, also are offered. Students may study at Nanzan for a semester or academic year and may live in on-campus residence halls or with a Japanese host family.
Nagoya, in southcentral Japan, is the nation’s third largest city, with more than 8 million residents living in the greater metropolitan area. The city is served by Japan’s famous “bullet trains” or shinkansen, located on a line that runs between Tokyo and Osaka. One of the city’s most famous landmarks is Nagoya Castle, which was built by the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu for his ninth son.
Nanzan University, Japan’s second-largest Catholic university, was founded in 1946 as a college for foreign-language study and has grown into a university famous for its language programs.
Along with studying the Japanese language, program participants take politics, folklore, religion, literature and history courses taught in English. Courses in traditional Japanese arts, such as calligraphy and wood-block printing, also are offered, giving students additional creative opportunities to learn about Japanese culture.
Most program participants attend courses at the Center for Japanese Studies, but advanced students of Japanese may enroll in regular classes at Nanzan, which are taught exclusively in the host language.
The Dickinson in Japan program is language intensive and is designed to advance the skills of students at all levels, from intermediate to advanced. Language courses are conducted in the morning; in the afternoon, students take lecture courses taught in English that deal with cultural, political and economic issues.
Students must complete at least two years of college-level Japanese before studying abroad.
All students must have a declared major at the time of application.
As a part of the review process students’ conduct records and account status are also reviewed. Students and their parents should note that the review process takes all elements of the student’s academic record into consideration and that even if a student has the required minimum GPA and language pre-requisites, he or she may not be admitted.
Students who have questions about the review process or their particular candidacy for a program should come into the Center for Global Study and Engagement for advising.
Center staff will not discuss students’ applications with parents, friends or any other party without the student’s consent and presence in the conversation