Nagoya Gakuin University

Before you meet with an education abroad advisor be sure to complete the "Advising Form" linked at the top of this page.

Please note that you will not be able to apply for semester or yearlong education abroad program until you've met with an education abroad advisor. To make an appointment, please contact or call the Center for Global Education at 630-637-5132.

Program Overview

Fall Semester/Spring Semester (April-August)/Full-Year

Eligible students must be junior or senior standing with at least one year of college-level Japanese with a preferred GPA of 3.0.

Founded by Methodist missionaries in 1887, the university has well-defined programs for international students. The Institute for Japanese Studies provides comprehensive student services, including extra-curricular and athletic clubs, food outlets, bookstores, internet, health services and easy access to Nagoya for cultural events and shopping. Nagoya Gakuin University runs a campus dormitory for international students with Japanese resident assistants.

Courses open to North Central College exchange students include Japanese language (five levels), Japanese linguistics, religion, history, business management, economics, literature, society and international relations. Other courses include Japanese intercultural communication, Japanese culture, a Seminar on Japanese Studies, badminton and karate.

Students have the chance to participate in field trips to historically rich places such as Ise Shrine, Iga Ninja Village and Mt. Fuji. Internships are also available for students with an intermediate/high level of Japanese.

Nagoya Gakuin University website


Students are required to complete GLS 277 in the spring term prior to studying abroad.

Students usually earn 9-12 credits per term. All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.

Please click here for more NGU academic information, as well as a list of NGU courses.

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.

Housing and Meals

Students live in international residences halls on campus or in pre-arranged apartments.

Meals:  not included in program fees. Students prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen with their roommates.

Estimated Costs

Students pay North Central College tuition and room and board to the host institution. A $30 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission. Students are personally responsible for paying airfare, health insurance, departure tax, books, extra personal travel and spending money, as these items are not included in room and board fees. North Central College financial aid does apply.