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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/10/2019
Rolling Admission 05/13/2019 07/23/2019
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
Summer 2020 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2020 08/25/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/14/2020 03/30/2020

** 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
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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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.

Duncan P McCrary, Academic Year 2015 Participant
Overall, it was a good program, but the course is almost certainly designed to be a semester only program. To elaborate further, the classes are split into five different skill levels beginning from A (No experience) and ending at E (N1 JLPT proficiency). Upon arriving, I was placed into "B Class" and proceeded along with my studies accordingly. The issues arose after finishing B Class. For the second semester, we took another placement test to see which class we should be in, and we were moved up to C Class. Ordinarily that is the natural progression of things, but the stopping point for B Class and the starting point for C Class are entirely different places in completely different textbooks. The discrepancy between classes tied with the two-month gap between semesters actually caused the teachers of C Class to "downscale" the curriculum to accommodate for the gap, meaning they cut content and also slowed down the pace, which is a gracious thing to do, but the fact that it was necessary at all stirs up frustration even in me now. Again, I enjoyed my time in the program and in Japan. But the juxtaposition of the first and second semesters left me (and I can only assume others in the program) jarred and burned out about the language and culture. I took a "break" from the language as soon as I got back and, regrettably, have not picked it back up since, but I blame my lack of motivation more on myself now, rather than the residual bitterness of the latter half of the program. I met great people and experienced things that would not have been possible if I was not provided this opportunity, the benefits far outweigh the negatives, but talking about negatives is always easier than positives. I believe, in order to get the best out of one's stay on this program, either go for a single semester, or go for a year starting in either A or C class, as the gap only seem to appear between B and C.