Study Abroad Opportunities in Japanese

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 Kazuhiko Komatsu and Noriko Reider  Kazuhiko Komatsu and Noriko Reider
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Miami University's Office of Global Initiatives is the central point-of-contact to find out about various programs for learning your language in an international setting.  There are six main types of study abroad at Miami:

  • Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs - Department faculty lead students and teach Miami courses
  • Farmer School of Business International Programs - Business programs let by Faculty in the Farmer School of Business
  • Miami University's Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg -– Miami courses taught at Miami's Luxembourg campus
  • Exchange Programs - Programs with other universities where you can directly enroll in classes at the partner institution but pay your regular Miami tuition and fees.
  • Co-Sponsored Programs - Programs offered in collaboration with other universities or providers that charge Miami tuition and fees. 
  • Approved Programs - Program where academic credit can be transferred to Miami, Miami scholarships and awards cannot be used on Approved Programs.

Please refer to the Office of Education Abroad’s Website for the latest program and exchange opportunities.


Recommended One Year Programs

(One semester option is available in some programs.)

Summer intensive Japanese in Tokyo, Japan

Department offers an exhilarating total immersion Japanese program in Tokyo. The intensive workshop with the trill of living and traveling in Japan is designed to give students the opportunity to complete one full year of college Japanese at the 200-level sequence (JPN201/202) or the 300-level sequence (JPN301/302) in six weeks.

Dual Degree Program with Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan

Starting in the academic year of 2019–2020 Miami University has a dual-degree program with Kansai Gaidai University. Students who spend their junior year in Kansai Gaidai University studying Japanese and Japan-related subjects can earn both Miami University and Kansai Gaidai University credits towards graduation at both institutions, i.e., a diploma from both institutions. Please see Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan below.

Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan

A one-year exchange program is available to full-time undergraduates at Miami. Students live with families, and take classes in the Asian Studies program in Japanese language. Other courses are taught in English. Students pay Miami tuition and fees and room and board. Prerequisites are two years of university level Japanese (JPN 202) and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Miami University has recently established a dual-degree program with Kansai Gaidai University. Students who spend their junior year in Kansai Gaidai University studying Japanese and Japan-related subjects can earn both Miami University and Kansai Gaidai University credits towards graduation at both institutions. 

In addition to a long time exchange partner, Kansi Gaidai University, there are more options are available in terms of the length, area, and variety of courses, through Miami affiliated and non-affiliated programs. It is important to talk to a Study Abroad Advisor at The Office of Global Initiatives at Miami University if you are interested in this exchange program. They will guide you through the application process which must be done through their office. If you are choosing one of the Kansai Gaidai's affiliated programs, the application form and process are slightly different from the general public. For more specific information regarding this program, please visit the Japanese Study Abroad pages or the Kansai Gaidai web site.


International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

  • Chukyo University and Nanzan University in Nagoya
  • Kansai Gaidai Unversity in Osaka
  • Ritsumeikan Univesity in Kyoto
  • Tokyo University in Tokyo

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

  • Sophia University in Tokyo

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

  • Chubu University in Kasugai
  • Nanzan University in Nagoya
  • Meikai University in Tokyo

Ohio International Consortium (OIC)

  • Chubu University in Nagoya
  • Rikkyo University in Tokyo
  • Shimane University in Matsue
  • Hiroshima University in Hiroshima

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

  • Hiroshima University in Hiroshima
  • Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka

Kyoto consortium for Japanese Studies
Host institution: Doshisha University
Housing: Home stay
Subjects: Japanese language and culture

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama
(Intensive training in Advanced Spoken and Written Japanese)

Recommended Summer Programs

Tokyo (CIEE)
Host institution: Sophia University
Housing: Shared rooms in a local hotel with CIEE students and other guests
Subjects: Japanese language, Art, Theater, Business, Economics, etc.
Duration: 4 weeks

Temple University Asian Study Summer Session
Host institution: Temple University
Housing: Arranged by Temple University
Subjects: Japanese language and Asian Studies
Duration: 11 weeks

Hikone (Shiga Prefecture)
Japan Center for Michigan Universities: Summer Intensive Japanese Language Program
Host institution: Michigan State University
Housing: Home stay or in the JCMU apartments
Subjects: Japanese language
Duration: 10 weeks

Beppu - Oita Prefecture (ISEP)
Host institution: Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.
Housing: AP House, the On-campus residence hall
Subjects: Japanese language and Asian Pacific Studies
Duration: 8 weeks

Osaka (CET Academic Program)
Subjects: Japanese language and culture
Host Institution: Osaka Gakuin University
Housing: Apartment with Japanese roommates
Duration: 8 Weeks



For More Information, Please Contact:

Dr. Noriko Reider
Irvin Hall 149 or Irvin Hall 170 (Department Office)
Office Tel.: (513) 529-2522
Department Tel.: (513) 529-2526
Fax: (513) 529-2296

The Office of Global Initiatives
MacMillan Hall 216