LOCATION: Nagasaki, Japan
PROGRAM NAME: JASIN: Japan Studies in Nagasaki (Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies)
PROGRAM DATES & DEADLINES: Fall Semester (Sept to Feb), Spring Semester (Feb to May), Academic Year (Sept to May).
PROGRAM FOCUS: Japanese Language, Cultural Studies
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Japan Studies in Nagasaki (JASIN) is a program specifically designed to give the opportunity for students from other countries to study and live in Japan and Nagasaki.
Classes are offered in Japanese as a second language, which every student is required to take. There are additional classes on topics concerning Japan and Asia taught in English or simplified Japanese, as well as some hands-on seminars in traditional Japanese arts.
The JASIN Program is designed to give students a wide academic experience in a variety of aspects of Japanese society and culture. The Program also realizes that when studying abroad students' experiences outside of class can be invaluable learning experiences. Therefore, the Program encourages a high degree of interaction between the foreign students and the Japanese students of the university and the community as a whole.
Most of the participants are current university students who are studying abroad. Students can enter in either the Spring or the Fall Term and can study for one or two terms. The students are mostly from the U.S., Canada, France, Britain, Canada, and Germany.
ABOUT NAGASAKI: Nagasaki, a city of about 500,000 people, is built around its natural harbor and climbs up the surrounding steep hills. The city boasts spectacular views and the proximity to natural sights such as its rugged coastline, beaches, islands, volcanic mountains, and a national park. Nagasaki enjoys a mild winter climate.
Its location at the end of the Japanese archipelago, nearest to China and the West, made Nagasaki the center of trade in the late 16th century. During the 250 years of national seclusion that followed, Nagasaki was the only port open to foreign trade, drawing a thriving Chinese trading community and serving as Japan's only window to the world. After Japan's opening in the middle of the 19th century, the port served the entry of modern technology, creating another flourishing community of British, American and Russian traders. An international flavor remains, even though the ravages of World War II and the Atomic Bombing, and can be seen in its many lively popular festivals, its architecture, its cuisine, and in the welcoming and friendly spirit of its residents. Nagasaki continues to be one of the major tourist destinations in the country.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Transcripts are required. Minimum age is 18 (17 with parental permission).
PROGRAM FEES: Final cost depends on exchange rate and availability of scholarships but tuition and fees plus living expenses are estimated to be $8000 for the fall semester.