The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is cooperating with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to send students to the UW-P program at the Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies (NUFS). You will take Japanese language courses and Asian Studies courses in English. No previous study of Japanese is required!
In addition to the courses themselves, students learn about Japan and Japanese culture through living with a Japanese family, interacting regularly with a Japanese university student who serves as a language tutor, taking field trips and tours to significant historical and cultural sites, and participating in organized social events.
Nagasaki, a city of 500,000 on the western island of Kyushu, is built around a natural harbor and climbs up the surrounding steep hills. The city boasts spectacular views and proximity to natural sights such as its rugged coastline, beaches, islands, volcanic mountains, and a national park. Despite the ravages of World War II and the atomic bombing, Nagasaki continues to be a major tourist destination in Japan, with a rich and vibrant cultural life that includes plays, concerts, exhibits, and performances throughout the year.
Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) is a division of Nagasaki Gaidai. It was founded in 1947 and is fully accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education. The total student body is currently around 900 with 40 full-time faculty. The campus is located on the northern border of Nagasaki City and the suburb of Togitsu. In addition to air-conditioned classrooms and a gymnasium, the campus houses a multimedia center with two computer-assisted instruction labs as well as language laboratories.
Click here to watch a video about Nagasaki Gaidai (in Japanese).
HOUSING & MEALS
You will be placed in a Japanese home and become part of the family. The program is able to place most students singly in their home stays, but occasionally students are placed two to a home. Living with a Japanese family is an integral and important aspect of your inter cultural experience, as well as a wonderful way to practice the Japanese language and learn about Japanese culture!
Breakfast and dinner will be provided by your host family. In addition to being immersed in the language, staying with a family adds substantially to learning about Japanese culture and society. Many past participants list it as the most important part of their experience abroad.
Female students can opt to live in a single room with bath in the Ampelos women's dormitory. The new facility is located on campus and provides 14 meals per week during the university's ordinary term. The dormitory has restrictions such as a 10:30pm curfew and no visitors.
Male students can opt to live in a single room in the Heiwa Male Dormitory. The kitchen facilities, bathroom and washing machine are shared with three units. Electricity is paid out of pocket, and internet is not provided.
To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - Nagasaki
Below you will find more information on program costs: Fall 2013 Spring 2014
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You are encouraged to participate in the university's extra-curricular activities (clubs), that are organized by the Japanese students. Clubs range from basketball to tea ceremony to kendo to music to dancing. Many foreign students take advantage of these opportunities and find that it is an excellent way to make friends and practice Japanese. You will also find opportunities to have conversation partners to help you practice Japanese and meet friends. There are also many campus events such as musical performances and the university festival!
Educational excursions are also an integral part of the program. Possible excursions include the Atomic Bomb Museum, Mt. Inasa Lookout and Park, Kofukuji Temple, hot springs resort, and more!
Shortly after arrival, you will have a bus tour of Nagasaki City to see some of the numerous tourist attractions. Half-day field trips are incorporated into the Japan Studies courses: visits to schools, to historical sites (History of Nagasaki), and to companies, factories, businesses, banks, etc. (Japanese Management)
In addition, a full-day trip is arranged every term to a location of interest some distance from Nagasaki, and an overnight excursion is planned to a hot-springs resort in the vicinity of Nagasaki.
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HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.