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Chukyo University

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Program Snapshot

Chukyo University is the ideal study abroad destination for those interested in an immersion experience. Students have an abundance of opportunities, both inside the classroom and out, to interact with Japanese classmates, improve language skills and experience real Japan. Whether it is participating in the campus-wide school festival or visiting the ice skating rink where Chukyo students train to become Olympic champions, students that attend this university are sure to have an experience of a lifetime.

What do ISEP students think about their programs in Japan?
Got questions? Contact the Program Officer for more information on Chukyo University.

Nagoya is a large, attractive industrial city on the Pacific coast, midway between Tokyo and Osaka.
The city campus has a high concentration of students, while the other campus is located just outside the city made famous as the home of Toyota, the automobile company.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic Year: September to July or April to December
Semester 1: September to December
Semester 2: April to July

Fast Facts
Nagoya, Japan (pop. 2.3 million)
Student Enrollment: 13,290
Language of instruction: Japanese
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School of Commerce; Computer and Cognitive Sciences (computer science, cognitive science, media arts & sciences); Economics; Health and Sport Sciences (sport science, health science); Humanities (primarily responsible for first & second year instruction); Law; Letters (Japanese literature, linguistic expressions); Management; Psychology; Sociology; World English (English language & communication, British & American cultural studies).

Courses taught in English
Courses include but are not limited to: The Culture and Society of Japan, Japanese Culture and Art, International Business Theory, World Literatures in English, Foundations of Japanese Studies, Oral Communication, International Business, American Literature in the 20th Century, American Culture, British Social History.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
For upper-division and graduate students, Chukyo offers a variety of advanced courses in the fields of computer and cognitive sciences (media arts and web design are particularly strong), and media studies.

Academic Notes
For all students, there is a wide variety of courses in Japanese culture, history, current affairs, and Japanese language (beginning to advanced levels). For those interested in fields relating to the Japanese economy, finance, commerce, and management, a program of courses from the School of Commerce, Economics, and Management can be arranged at any level from lower division to graduate.

Students typically enroll in 10-15 classes per term, which averages to 18-24 hours in class per week. A term runs for 15 weeks.


Semester 1 transcripts are issued in January.
Semester 2 transcripts are issued in September.

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the studentís home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Japanese Language Requirement: 1 semester of Japanese language study is required.

Language Courses: Non-intensive Japanese language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and/or semester for all levels.

Courses taught in Japanese: Intermediate to advanced Japanese language proficiency is required.

Tutoring: Individual tutoring is offered for all levels. English support for courses taught in Japanese is available.

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? TBD
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Yes
Other tests accepted: TBD
English as a Foreign Language courses available? TBD

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Applicants are strongly recommended to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Hints for Researching Courses
Please see Courses and Japanese Language and Culture Courses for more information on courses available for ISEP students.

Housing and Meals
ISEP students are housed in single-occupancy rooms with private bath and kitchen in modern flats near Nagoya campus. No married student housing is available. A stipend is provided to purchase meals on campus or in restaurants, or to cook meals in the room.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month are estimated at 5,000-10,000 Yen for books, 5,000 Yen for transportation, and 5,000-10,000 Yen for entertainment and other expenses.

All important information will be provided in detail during the orientation session. This includes topics such as academic registration, transcript issuance, alien registration, National Health Insurance plan, housing and student life on and off campus. In addition, the ISEP coordinator carefully and individually advises each ISEP student concerning their planned course of study before the student registers.

It is not easy to settle into a new country or a new university. Therefore, at Chukyo University, student support tutors are happy to assist students. Support tutors will pick students up at the airport or train station, show them the way to campus and housing facilities, help them apply for their Alien Registration Card, and provide campus tours.


Pick-up service from Chubu Centrair International Airport is available. Host will also provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
Students are encouraged to take part in the many extracurricular clubs open to all students. Most students also opt to take one or more courses in Health and Sport Sciences. Some examples of this are Kendo, Judo, Basketball, and Gymnastics. The Toyota campus hosts a wide variety of athletic facilities including an ice skating rink where Chukyo students trained to become Olympic champions.
Other activities available for students that are all included within the ISEP benefits include: (See here for pictures and more information.)
  • Student Welcome Party
  • Chukyo University Festival
  • Experience Wearing a Kimono (female students)
  • Homestay Experience
  • Day trip to Nagoya Castle and Ohsu Kannon Temple
  • Overnight trip to Chukyo seminar house in Nagano
  • Overnight trip to Kyoto
  • Cherry blossom viewing at Tsurumai Park
  • Farewell Party

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Full year exchange students with very high Japanese proficiency levels may be able to apply into the Summer Internship Program. This option is only available for full year students attending from the spring semester as the program is conducted during the summer vacation period. Internships are not paid, but credit-bearing. The submission of a report upon completion of the program and a presentation in Japanese are required.

All incoming students are welcome to participate in occasional volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community. Past examples of some volunteer opportunities include:
  • Teaching English in a high school classroom
  • Attending cultural events in the community
  • Visiting local elementary schools in the area

Founded in 1954, Chukyo University is one of the largest private universities in central Japan and has two campus locations: Nagoya and Toyota. Facilities at both locations include a library, an audiovisual center, computer workshops and sports facilities. There are also research institutes for social science, artificial intelligence technology, small business and other fields.

What Past Students have to Say
"I have felt very at home at Chukyo University. The staffs at the Kokusai Center make you feel welcome everyday, and my professors and fellow students made me feel accepted in my classes."

"I truly feel that Nagoya is a great place to live and experience the life and culture of Japan, and Chukyo is an excellent choice to base your international studies."