North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose Japanese at North Central College?

North Central is one of the few colleges or universities in Illinois offering a Japanese major. With a full range of courses in Japanese for all four years and a vibrant Japanese study abroad program, the College offers a rigorous, distinctive experience in a small, friendly environment. You’ll study the Japanese culture while improving your reading, writing and speaking skills.

You can also:

  • Study in Japan through one of our numerous exchange programs.
  • Participate in cultural events and activities (including a trip to a Japanese shopping center) with the Japan Club.
  • Apply for international study scholarships, including North Central’s Omron Scholarship for Study in Japan.
  • Strengthen your language skills as you get to know the Japanese international students on campus.
  • Earn an English language learning (ELL) minor if you hope to teach abroad after college.
  • Access online audio and video resources for Japanes via the Roberta I. Myers Language Resource Center.
  • Quailify for induction to the Japanese Honor Society or Phi Sigma Iota, for students who study more than one language.


North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.
U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.
International students enrolled in North Central College’s Summer English Language Institute experienced cultural attractions while learning English.



Unique opportunities are available in Japan with our partner institutions.


Recent graduates in Japanese include:

  • English teacher, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme
  • International relations coordinator
  • Librarian/information technology
Japanese major

Kaitlyn likes being able to meet with her professors one-on-one—even when she’s thousands of miles away.

“When I was in Japan doing an independent study, I communicated with my advisor through Skype,” she says. “You really get to know the faculty, which is one of North Central’s top attributes. I’ve become very close to my professors.”

Between classes, clubs and study abroad trips, Kaitlyn has found plenty of ways to immerse herself in Japanese language and culture. She’s president of the Japan Club and is also active in International Club and Model UN.

“Every experience here has helped create a path to my future,” she says. “North Central is definitely one of the best places to study...

Japanese major

Majoring in Japanese, Anthony pushed his passion for connecting two very different cultures every day. Practicing the language daily, studying Japanese history and dreaming of becoming an interpreter, he took his love of the language outside the classroom walls. With the chances to study abroad through North Central, Anthony took full advantage of the total college experience. “I ideally hope to find a job based in Tokyo, connecting the two cultures of East and West,” he says.

Japanese major

Amanda chose North Central because it offered a major in Japanese and study abroad programs in Japan. “Study abroad is hands down the single most important experience I've had at North Central. It was an opportunity to be independent, meet friends from all over the world and challenge myself in another language. The classroom cannot mimic what you learn abroad.”

The opportunity to practice her Japanese skills was key. “I was fully immersed into the culture so I was studying all the time ... and it was oddly OK to talk and feel all right with making mistakes.”

Amanda praises the mentoring she’s received from her professor of Japanese. “She’s one of the sweetest teachers on campus and...