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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission 09/17/2019 12/03/2019
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission 09/17/2019 03/30/2020
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/14/2020 03/30/2020
Summer 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program within 1 week of submitting complete application and will be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Minimum GPA: 2.75
Housing: apartment Class: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, transient student
Experiential Learning Offered: None
Program Description:


Nihon University, founded in 1889, is one of Japan’s largest private universities with about 81,000 students across its multiple campuses. The university maintains academic exchanges with 106 institutions in 26 countries. 1,200 international students from 30 countries are currently studying at Nihon University.

Students seeking to learn Japanese will take classes primarily at the Chiyoda-ku campus in central Tokyo. Students with advanced Japanese language skills may also take courses in other subjects.


Tokyo, the most populous metropolitan area in the world, is the capital of Japan and one of the world's most important economic centers. The central city is home to headquarters of numerous Japanese businesses, the Nippon Budokan, Yasukuni Shine, Tokyo Dome, Korakuen amusement park, Akihabara’s electronics quarter, and other well-known sites.


The Japanese Language and Japan Studies Program (JLSP) at Nihon University is an opportunity for exchange students from overseas universities to learn Japanese language and culture. Students take courses in Japanese language and Japanese studies; which includes content on society, culture, economy, art, geography and other topics.

Courses taught in Japanese include humanities, sciences, economics, business, art, international relations, technology, engineering, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, journalism, social sciences, and literature, for undergraduates and graduate students.  Each class that you will take at Nihon University must be approved by UAB via the course articulation process.
Course articulation is the process that determines the UAB equivalent for the foreign courses you will take. Course articulation is a vital component of planning your experience. This process starts when you submit, to the Office of Education Abroad, a syllabus for each course you intend to take while abroad. Then the Office of Education Abroad works with the UAB Registrar, UAB department chairs, and advisors to determine the UAB course equivalency for each of your intended courses. 
Many classes at Nihon University have already been articulated. To review the list of pre-articulated classes, please click on the Courses Offered link above. To review all classes available at Nihon University, please click here.


The Nihon University International Liaison Section will place exchange students in housing. The residence hall is equipped with furniture, bath, shower, telephone, and an internet connection.


Education Abroad Insurance $50
Study Abroad Admin Fee - paid to the Office of Education Abroad $125
Rent - paid to host campus abroad residence hall of your choice*
Food expenses - to take with you abroad* $1,400
Books and Supplies - paid to host campus abroad* $200
Utilities - paid to host campus abroad* $300
Airfare - paid to the airline of your choice* $1,800
Student Visa - paid to Japanese Consulate* $60
Personal Expenses - to take with you abroad* $1,500
Total: $6,235
(plus UAB Tuition and Fees)
*These costs are estimates and are subject to change. Estimated amounts will vary and depend on individual spending preferences.

In comparison, you 're going to spend about  $9,275.00 plus UAB Tuition and Fees to attend UAB next semester.


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Program Reviews:
Mary Mackenzie Runager, Fall 2017 Participant
I highly, HIGHLY recommend this program. I honestly regret only going one semester when I could have gone for a whole year. With it being my first time leaving the country, I was so worried about culture shock and homesickness. But I was struck with neither during this trip for numerous reasons. The people of the college (and even the country in general) are some of the kindest, most helpful human beings that I have ever met. There is no need to worry about being lost in the unfamiliar language or culture, because it is pretty much guaranteed that you will be able to find help from either the staff of the university or a fellow exchange student. Every day was an adventure, and I never got bored. I took pictures or videos every day because there was always something exciting and fun to enjoy. The female dorm was quite nice, and the food served there was delicious. It was like getting the meals that you would normally get in a home-stay situation. The country is also very safe. I mean they made a big deal over a wallet-snatcher on the news. The crime rate is incredibly low, so I felt safe all the time. The price for the overall trip is reasonable as well. The field trips and various classes that are offered at the university are interesting, and the professors and Japanese volunteer students are lovely as well. It is perfect for finishing up a Japanese minor or even just getting college credits for an adventure in a foreign country. However, I still have some minor criticisms of the program. I gave a 5 out of 5 star rating because I think that the pros outweigh the cons. But if it were possible, it would probably be more accurate to give this program a rating of 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. I overall enjoyed my school experience over there, but the language courses were a bit difficult. I like a good challenge, but the pace of learning was a little too fast for my taste. We spent 3 months going through the entirety of one textbook that it takes two semesters at UAB to learn. If you are good at learning at a fast pace, then you should have no problem, but I sometimes found it to be slightly overwhelming. The language course is also 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. I am not accustomed to having a class this long and often, so sometimes the language class would be a bit difficult to sit through. But it never got unbearable for me. Overall, I was thrilled with my time in Tokyo participating in this program. I made so many friends, ate tons of delicious food (especially curry!!), explored the vibrant culture, and learned a great deal during the time I spent there. I can't wait to return to the country someday, hopefully soon.

Summer 2016 Participant
It was a great program and I had the opportunity to learn a lot and also do what I wanted to do in Japan. I would have liked the program to be a bit longer I feel that if it had been a full three months then the course load would not have been so heavy and I could have absorbed the information more. Other than that I have no complaints the staff at Nihon University were very helpful and accommodating and I had a great time hanging out with the other international students and also the Japanese student volunteers. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to rapidly improve their Japanese skills and get to know Tokyo and its culture.