Nagoya University

Nagoya, Japan

The exchange agreement

With the exchange agreement between Nagoya University of Foreign Studies and the University of Lethbridge signed in December 2008, this is one of our newest partners.

Semester dates

Fall semester
Mid-September–early January
Orientation: early September
Suggested arrival: early September
Spring semester
Mid-March – mid-July
Orientation: mid-March
Suggested arrival: early March

The country

Japan's population is over 126 million. Most Japanese reside in densely populated urban areas. Japan's capital city is Tokyo. The population of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area including the city, some of its suburbs and the surrounding area is approximately 12 million.

Basic English is widely spoken throughout the country, particularly in major cities and tourist centers. Announcements on public transportation are frequently made in both Japanese and English, and signs generally include decipherable roman characters or an English explanation.

In Japan, there are many fascinating places that you can enjoy for free. These include such diverse attractions as beer museums, food galleries, hi-tech consumer electronics showrooms, cosmetics factories and television studios. With so many different places to visit there's bound to be something of interest for everyone.

Traditional cultural pursuits such as sado (Japanese tea ceremony) and ikebana (flower arrangement) are much more than simple pursuits in skills. They embody spiritual ways seeking the traditional values of wabi (elegant stillness) and sabi (antiquated elegance with calm).

For more information about Japan, see sites such as

The city

Nagoya is the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan.

Located on the Pacific coast in the Chubu region on central Honshu, it is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japan's major ports along with those of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, Chiba, and Hakata. It is also the center of Japan's third largest metropolitan region, known as the Chukyo Metropolitan Area. As of 2000, Chukyo Metropolitan Area has 8.74 million people, of which 2.17 million live in the city of Nagoya.

For more information about Nagoya, visit

The university

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) was founded in 1988 and has been growing steadily since its establishment. Starting with only the School of Foreign Languages, NUFS doubled its offerings by establishing the School of Global Business and Economics in 1994. The opening of the Department of Japanese Studies in 1999 augmented those provided from the very beginning: the Department of British and American Studies, the Department of French Studies and the Department of Chinese Studies. NUFS established the Graduate School of International Studies in 1997 and its Doctoral Program (second semester) in 1999. The Japanese Language Institute of Nagoya University of Foreign Studies was also founded in 2001, focusing on academic exchanges with many overseas universities. NUFS continues on the path of innovation and development.

The school’s calendar can be found at:

Language of instruction

Mostly English, but Japanese is spoken in some courses, such as Japanese Language Course. Exchange students usually take 7 classes per semester. Other foreign language courses available: Chinese, French, Spanish, Korean, German and Portuguese.


Visa requirements

Upon receipt of your confirmation as a participant in the exchange program, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies will apply to the Osaka Immigration Office for a Certificate of Eligibility, which is the vital document in acquiring a student visa to Japan. For students who participate in the Asian Studies Program from affiliated institutions, the official nomination from the home institution must be received by the Center for International Education prior to/together with the arrival of application documents.

The visa application process may have changed since this page was updated. Please email International Programs ( for more information.

For further details about this visa, contact the Consulate General of Japan in Calgary.

Consulate General of Japan in Calgary
2300-450 1 St SW
Calgary AB T2P 5H1
Canada Tel: 1.403.294.0782
Fax: 1.403.294.1645

Office hours for visa applications are Monday to Friday, 09:00-12:30, 13:30-17:00.

All applicants must call the office to arrange an appointment to apply for a visa and submit all documents in person at the Consulate General of Japan at Calgary. Note: visa application appointments can only be arranged by telephone.


Based on comments from our previous exchange students to Japan, the costs for the exchange are approximately as follows:

  • Housing:
    • Dormitory style
      • ¥26 000/month
      • Entrance fee: ¥10 000
      • Rental bedding: ¥6 300
    • Apartment house-style
      • ¥30 000/month
      • Entrance fee: ¥10 000
      • Rental bedding: ¥6 300
  • Textbooks: ¥10 000/semester
  • Food: ¥30 000/month

Insurance is mandatory for all exchange students: Japanese National Health Insurance.