JASIN: Japan Studies in Nagasaki Study Abroad Program
Japan Studies in Nagasaki (JASIN) is a half-year or full-year program specially designed to give students from other countries the opportunity to study and live in Nagasaki.
Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies offers an opportunity for current university students from foreign countries to study undergraduate level courses in Japanese language and in Japanese studies. Besides academic studies, the program emphasizes a wide exposure to Japanese society and culture through field trips, tours, social activities, and the possibility of arranged stays in Japanese-style housing situations.
There are two parallel programs offered. The Japan Studies in Nagasaki (JASIN) Program is designed for students from North America and Europe. It offers Japanese language classes for students at all levels, from no knowledge of Japanese through advanced level. The Nagasaki International Communications Studies (NICS) Program is designed for students from East Asia who are already proficient to at least an intermediate level in their Japanese language ability. It offers language classes from intermediate through advanced. The Japan studies class in the NICS Program are all conducted in Japanese.
The JASIN Program offers two 15-week terms, one in the fall and one in the spring. Students may enter the program in either the Fall or the Spring Term and can study for one or a maximum of two terms.
Each term is designed to provide the transferable equivalent of a semester of university study. Students must register for and stay enrolled in a full credit load of study in order to be considered full-time students and to maintain their student-visa status. All students must register for a Japanese language class.
Studies in the university’s regular curriculum are possible depending on the student’s Japanese language ability, scheduling, and availability.
For further details, please see the Classes page.
The JASIN Program provides opportunities for a more complete experience of Japan, Nagasaki, and its people. Activities may include special lectures, a guided tour of Nagasaki City, social gatherings to meet faculty, staff, and students of the university as well as members of the community, participation in a speech contest or drama production, a program field trip, and an over-night study seminar.
Course-related field trips will visit places of historic, cultural, and social interest such as museums, government offices, schools, businesses, and factories.
The JASIN Program will arrange housing for the students’ stay in Nagasaki. Some students will be placed in a home stay with a family in the community, providing 14 meals per week.
Other students can choose to take a single or double room with bath in the university’s dormitory. It is located on the campus and provides 14 meals per week during the college’s ordinary term time.
All housing is subject to availability.
For more details, please see the Housing page.
Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) is a four-year institution offering majors in language studies—English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, and German. The university is accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education.
Dating from its founding in December 1945, the school’s credo has been to foster mutual understanding between nations and their people by promoting the study of languages and culture.
The campus is located on the northern border of Nagasaki City and its suburb of Togitsu. In addition to air-conditioned classrooms and a gymnasium, the campus houses a Multimedia Center with three computer assisted instruction (CAI) labs as well as language laboratories.
The campus is served by local bus service and the university’s school bus.
Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies offers an opportunity for current university students from foreign countries to study undergraduate level courses in Japanese language and in Japanese studies.
Besides academic studies, the program emphasizes a wide exposure to Japanese society and culture through field trips, tours, social activities, and the possibility of arranged stays in Japanese-style housing situations.
For further details, please see the About the University page.
The JASIN Program is designed as a study abroad opportunity for current university students.
1) have successfully completed at least one year of university study.
2) be in good academic standing at their university.
3) apply to the program through one of NUFS’ affiliated institutions.
4) have adequate English ability to participate in the Japan Studies classes which are conducted in English.
Transfer of Credit
Credits are intended to be transferable back to the affiliated university the student applied through on an official NUFS transcript.
Policies concerning the transfer of credit vary between institutions. Transfer of credit agreements have been arranged with most of the affiliated universities, but it is the responsibility of the student to check with their home university to be sure that their courses taken here in Nagasaki will count toward their degree requirements.
Full-time students in the JASIN Program must obtain a Japanese Student Visa through the Program before entering Japan. Japanese law does not allow university study with a tourist or temporary visa.
For details, please Obtaining a Visa page.
Applicants from affiliated institutions
Students currently enrolled at an institution outside of Japan with which NUFS has an agreement of affiliation are able to apply to the JASIN study abroad program through their home institution. Students should first check with the study abroad office at their home institution for application procedures.
Any student enrolled in a university in North America which is not affiliated with NUFS can still apply to the program through the Institute for Study Abroad Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Please check UW-Platteville’s web site at:
toll free telephone (800) 342-1725
international telephone (608) 342-1726
For further details, please see: Application Requirements & Application Forms
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 Unzen National Park. Nagasaki enjoys a mild winter climate and tropical summer weather.
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 more than 200 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, Dutch, American, and Russian traders.
An international flavor remains, even through 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 most popular tourist destinations in Japan.
Questions and requests for application packets may be sent via email, fax, or post to:
Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies
3-15-1 Nagasaki City 851-2196 Japan
Tel. (95) 840-2002