Program Overview: Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan: Nagoya Gakuin University (NGU) was founded in 1887 by an American missionary as an English language school. Today NGU is a private, co-educational, liberal arts university fully accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education. NGU has about 4700 enrolled students.
Program Location: NGU is located in Nagoya City. Nagoya is in the heart of Japan and is the third-largest city in the nation, with over two million residents. Since 2007, NGU has two campuses – The Seto Campus for students majoring in Human health and the Nagoya Campus for students majoring in Economics, Commerce, and Foreign Studies. University of Memphis students studying at NGU will be based in the Nagoya campus since the Institute of Japanese Studies is in the Faculty of Foreign Studies. The Nagoya Campus is in an urban location that is just minutes away from the Hibino subway station and conveniently close to Japan's new global gateway, the Centrair Airport.
Application Procedure: After meeting with a study abroad advisor, applicants will complete the UofM study abroad online application as well as the Meiji application materials for exchange students found on the U of M online application. The Meiji application will need to be turned in to the study abroad office. Students must have 2 semesters of Japanese Language to apply for this program.
Academic Requirements: This is a Japanese language program for either a semester or academic year. Students are required to read and write Hiragana and Katakana and know the basic 100 kanji (Japanese language characters). A GPA of 2.75 is required, and students must have completed the first two years of undergraduate study to participate in this exchange.
Institute of Japanese Studies (IJS): The Institute of Japanese Studies at NGU offers five levels of intensive Japanese language studies as well as a broad range of classes on Japanese area studies. With an average of ten students per class, the atmosphere is relaxed, and instruction is personal. The IJS program offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in intensive language instruction, lecture course in Japanese Area Studies, Field trips as well as an internship program. Students will be placed in appropriate levels of the Japanese language classes depending on the results of the placement test conducted at the beginning of each semester.
Each Japanese language course is divided into different areas of study, including Speaking, Listening, Grammar, Reading, and Writing. A Japanese linguistics course is also offered to advanced students.
Elementary Japanese: Some previous training in basic Japanese is required. Knowledge of at least 100 kanji, as well as hiragana and katakana, is preferred. Students will learn to use basic everyday conversation and are expected to be able to write the structures they can use orally (using about 300 kanji).
Pre-Intermediate Japanese: The purpose of this course is to offer further practice in ordinary conversation so that students will be able to communicate socially using, in particular, polite using about 500 kanji) are given.
Intermediate Japanese: This course prepares students to be able to carry on a natural conversation with a more extensive vocabulary and complex structures, including 'keigo'. The students will also receive training in reading and writing using up to 1,000 kanji.
Pre-Advanced Japanese: This course is designed to give further practice so that students can deal with different levels of speech in longer conversations. Practical training in reading newspaper and magazine articles is offered using approximately 1,500 kanji. The course also aims to facilitate productive skills in writing on selected topics.
Advanced Japanese: This course meets the needs of the advanced students, such as giving oral reports, taking part in discussions, and conversing fluently with a good command of speech levels. Instruction in academic reading and paper writing will be offered.
In addition to the language courses listed above, students have the opportunity to take courses in Japanese studies. The list below is tentative and subject to change.
|Japanese Studies Courses
- Japanese History
- Japanese Religion
- Japanese Literature
- Tourism in Japan
- Japanese Economy
- Japanese Business Management
- International Relations in Japan
- Japanese Scientific Technique
- Natural Environment of Japan
- Japanese Society
- Japanese Culture
- Intercultural Communication
- Seminar on Japanese Studies
- Sport 1: (Sport varies by semester)
- Sport 2: (Karate 1)
- Sport 3: (Karate 2)
- Business Internship
Application Procedure: Please complete the University of Memphis study abroad application as well as the NGU application for exchange students found with the study abroad application materials. The NGU application will need to be turned in with your program application materials.