Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

Nagoya, Japan

Important Information:

  • Semester Dates:
    • Fall semester: Early-September - early January
    • Spring semester: Mid-March - mid-July
  • Language of Instruction:
    • Mostly English, but Japanese is spoken in some courses, such as Japanese Language Course. Exchange students usually take 7 classes per semester. Other foreign language courses available: Chinese, French, Spanish, Korean, German and Portuguese.
  • ​Website: Main Page 
  • For further information, visit the International Centre for Students at the University of Lethbridge in SU060 or email us at

Japan's population is over 126 million. Most Japanese reside in densely populated urban areas. Japan's capital city is Tokyo. The population of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area including the city, some of its suburbs and the surrounding area is approximately 12 million.

Basic English is widely spoken throughout the country, particularly in major cities and tourist centers. Announcements on public transportation are frequently made in both Japanese and English, and signs generally include decipherable roman characters or an English explanation.

In Japan, there are many fascinating places that you can enjoy for free. These include such diverse attractions as beer museums, food galleries, hi-tech consumer electronics showrooms, cosmetics factories and television studios. With so many different places to visit there's bound to be something of interest for everyone.

Traditional cultural pursuits such as sado (Japanese tea ceremony) and ikebana (flower arrangement) are much more than simple pursuits in skills. They embody spiritual ways seeking the traditional values of wabi (elegant stillness) and sabi (antiquated elegance with calm).

Nagoya is the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan.

Located on the Pacific coast in the Chubu region on central Honshu, it is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japan's major ports along with those of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, Chiba, and Hakata. It is also the center of Japan's third largest metropolitan region, known as the Chukyo Metropolitan Area. As of 2000, Chukyo Metropolitan Area has 8.74 million people, of which 2.17 million live in the city of Nagoya.

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) was founded in 1988 and has been growing steadily since its establishment. Starting with only the School of Foreign Languages, NUFS doubled its offerings by establishing the School of Global Business and Economics in 1994. The opening of the Department of Japanese Studies in 1999 augmented those provided from the very beginning: the Department of British and American Studies, the Department of French Studies and the Department of Chinese Studies. NUFS established the Graduate School of International Studies in 1997 and its Doctoral Program (second semester) in 1999. The Japanese Language Institute of Nagoya University of Foreign Studies was also founded in 2001, focusing on academic exchanges with many overseas universities. NUFS continues on the path of innovation and development.

The school’s calendar can be found at:

Number of Students Enrolled

There are currently 4,625 students enrolled at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (as of May 2016).

Courses Offered

Nagoya University offers a range of different programs for international students:

Contemporary Japan Program in Nagoya

Japanese Language & Japanese Studies Program

Non-Degree-Seeking BA&MA Program

Language Teaching Practicum Program

  • Nagoya is the fourth largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Aichi Prefecture
  • Nagoya people are famous throughout Japan for being tight-fisted
  • Nagoya and its environs are home to auto making giants Toyota, Honda in nearby Suzuka, and Mitsubishi Motors.
  • Nagoya hosts a thriving community of Japanese-descent Brazilian immigrants, and many subway signs are also in Portuguese.
  • Nagoya has a massive Asahi Beer factory. Beer was not introduced into Japan until the end of the nineteenth century but has now caught on in a major way!
  • Bus drivers in Japan turn off the bus during red lights to help reduce pollution.
  • In some places, trains are so crowded that railway staff workers are employed to shove passengers inside before the doors close.
  • Kit Kat bars have the following flavor choices: Sweet Potato, Passion Fruit, Sakura Flower, Pumpkin Cheese Cake, Red Bean Paste, Apple Vinegar, and Green Tea covered with chocolate.
  • Raw horse meat is a popular food in Japan.
  1. The Atsuta Shrine: The Atsuta Shrine, widely considered the most important Shinto shrine in Japan, was established in the first century AD and is famous for its preserved Imperial insignia, the "grass-mowing sword" (kusanagi-no-tsurugi), one of only three in the country.
  2. Nagoya Castle: Nagoya Castle was completely rebuilt in 1959 and remains one of the city's most important (and visited) landmarks. Highlights of this splendid moated complex built in 1612 include exploring the 48-meter-tall main tower, famous for its two gilded dolphins (shachi) high-up on its gables, and which now houses a museum containing art treasures, including painted wall screens, sliding doors, and wall paintings mainly of the Kano school.
  3. The Museum Meiji-mura (Meiji Village): Just 24 kilometers north of Nagoya's city center, the Meiji-mura Village Museum in Inuyama is an open-air museum featuring many fine examples of Japanese architecture from the Meiji period of 1868 to 1912. All told, the site consists of more than 60 buildings of interest that were brought here and reassembled from across the country, including a prison, post office, bathhouse, churches, and homes, many of them influenced by design elements from western nations.
  4. The Tokugawa and Nagoya City Art Museums: Perhaps the best known of Nagoya's world-class art facilities is the excellent Tokugawa Art Museum, home to many treasures, which once belonged to the city's wealthy Tokugawa family, including numerous fine paintings, items of porcelain, weapons, and documents.
  5. Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical gardens: Opened in 1937 and one of the oldest (and largest) such establishments in Japan, the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens (Higashiyama Dōshokubutsuen) makes for an excellent excursion that can easily occupy the best part of a day. Part zoo, part amusement park, and part botanic garden, this popular tourist attraction offers plenty of fun for visitors of all ages.

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Nagoya University provides accommodation for all international students. There are two options:

1) NUFS International House (I-House)

  • Type: University International Dormitory
  • Entrance Fee: ¥10,000 (upon move-in only)
  • Student Rent: ¥26,000/month (including utilities)
  • Rental Bedding: Available (¥6,480 once only)
  • Kitchen: Communal (amenities not included)
  • Bathroom: Not Communal (showers and toilets in each room)
  • Shared PCs: Available
  • Internet: Free Wi-Fi and Shared PCs
  • Curfew: 11:00pm Lock Out
  • Laundry Facilities: Communal (¥100 per cycle)
  • Furniture: Fully Furnished

2) Proxy Friends Nisshin

  • Type: University Dormitory
  • Entrance Fee: ¥10,000 (upon move-in only)
  • Student Rent: ¥31,500 (including water and Internet)
  • Rental Bedding: Available (¥6,480 once only)
  • Kitchen: Kitchenette (in all rooms)
  • Bathroom: Not Communal (showers and toilets in each room)
  • Shared PCs: Not Available
  • Internet: Available (Wi-Fi router not provided)
  • Curfew: None
  • Laundry Facilities: Communal (¥200 per cycle)
  • Furniture: Fully Furnished


Airfare to Nagoya costs about CAD 2,000 return.

Health Insurance

Non-Japanese students with a Visa are allowed to become members of the National Health Insurance system while they reside in Japan and are strongly advised to do so. After you have joined the system, initial charges for treatment and medication will be reduced to 30% of the amount due at the clinic or pharmacy after you have presented your proof of coverage. Monthly premiums are about 1,000 yen. (ca. 12.5 CAD)

Please note: The insurance incidental to the International Student Card is not widely known in Japan and will not be accepted at hospitals in Japan.

For a detailed description of the Japanese Health Care System, please click here.

Summary of Approximate Expenses


CAD 2,000


U of L Tuition

CAD 2,045.67

per semester, for three courses


NUFS International House: ¥ 26,000

Proxy Friends Nisshin: ¥ 31,500

per month, including water and internet

Entrance Fee

¥ 10,000

upon move-in

Rental Bedding

¥v 6,480

optional, one-time

Laundry Facilities

¥ 100-200

per cycle


¥ 10,000

per semester


¥ 30,000

per month


Upon receipt of your confirmation as a participant in the exchange program, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies will apply to the Osaka Immigration Office for a Certificate of Eligibility, which is the vital document in acquiring a student visa to Japan. For students who participate in the Asian Studies Program from affiliated institutions, the official nomination from the home institution must be received by the Center for International Education prior to/together with the arrival of application documents.

For further details about this visa, contact the Consulate General of Japan in Calgary.

Consulate General of Japan in Calgary
2300-450 1 St SW
Calgary AB T2P 5H1
Canada Tel: 1.403.294.0782
Fax: 1.403.294.1645

Office hours for visa applications are Monday to Friday, 09:00-12:30, 13:30-17:00.

All applicants must call the office to arrange an appointment to apply for a visa and submit all documents in person at the Consulate General of Japan at Calgary. Note: visa application appointments can only be arranged by telephone.