Nagoya University

Ranked #115 in the world and 6th in Japan, Nagoya is UCalgary's highest ranked partner in Japan, according to QS2020. 

No matter where your Japanese interests lay, Nagoya University is an excellent choice. Attend the World Cosplay Summit, visit historic Nagoya Castle or the headquarters of Toyota, while studying in one of Nagoya's most recognized areas of study - offering amazing science, arts, and engineering courses taught in English.

Nagoya has a strong academic-industrial cooperation with the many industries (especially the automotive industry), that gives students unique experiential learning opportunities. With a history dating back to 1871, Nagoya University came into its modern form after WWII and is currently home to over 15,000 students.


Key information


Nagoya, Japan


English, Japanese


Summer, Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status


2020-21 applications

Deadline passed

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2021-22 applications

Open Nov. 1, 2020

Program details

Areas of Study:

The Nagoya University Program for Academic Exchange (NUPACE) offers a variety of options for incoming exchange students.

  • The standard NUPACE Academic Program offers Japanese language courses (both standard and intensive immersion programs) as well as English-taught courses in the following areas: Agricultural Sciences, Economics, Education, Engineering (Automotive, Chemical, Biological, and Physical), Environmental Studies, Humanities, International Development, Math, Public Health. See the syllabi here.  
  • Nagoya's "Global 30" International programs are 6 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs taught entirely in English which NUPACE students have access to as well: Automotive Engineering (includes Aerospace, Electrical, Electronic, and Mechanical Engineering), Biological & Applied Biological Sciences, Chemistry (includes Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Biological Engineering), Physics (includes Physical Science & Engineering), Social Sciences (includes Law & Society and Political Science), and Humanities (a Japan-in-Asia Cultural Studies suite of courses that includes Film Studies, History, Literature, and more).
  • For regular courses in Japanese, students must have an N1 level assessment according to the Japanese Language Proficiency test (JLPT). Areas of study include all the ones noted above, as well as Astrophysics, Planetary Sciences, and Philosophy/Ethics. 
  • Guided Independent Studies are also offered. 

Course Requirements:

Students must take a minimum of 15 Nagoya credits per semester. Generally courses are 2 Nagoya credits, though language classes vary. 4 Nagoya credits = 1 UCalgary half course. 

Non-exchange Auto Engineering summer program:

NUSIP, or the summer intensive program at Nagoya University offers engineering students an experiential automotive engineering course and a Japanese language course. The automotive course includes site visits to major car manufacturers, and has been approved as a technical elective by chemical engineering. (It is currently under review for the same by mechanical engineering.) Electrical Engineering students should speak with their departmental advisor to see if they can use this program to fulfill an outside Technical Elective.

Student Experience: "[On the summer program] I studied automobile engineering, which is generally not available in Calgary, or in Canada in general. I think this opportunity has motivated me to be more proactive and improve. I was surrounded by highly achieved students and professors who are extremely enthusiastic about their studies and it made me want me to fit in and be like them in the future. It was a great experience and I would do it again if I could."

There are two semesters, Autumn and Spring.

  • Autumn runs from early October to mid-February (equivalent to our Fall semester)
  • Spring runs from mid-April to early August. (equivalent to our Winter semester)

NUSIP, the summer intensive program for engineering students, runs mid-June to mid-July (June 12-July 18 in 2019).


Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Nagoya has a chart with estimated monthly living expenses:

Monthly Expense On-campus Cost (low) On-campus Cost (high) Off-campus Cost (low) Off-campus Cost (high)
Rent/Utilities ¥20,000 ¥40,000 ¥30,000 ¥35,000
Food ¥30,000 ¥30,000 ¥30,000 ¥30,000
Personal Expenses ¥30,000 ¥30,000 ¥35,000 ¥35,000
Japanese Insurance ¥2,000 ¥2,000 ¥2,000 ¥2,000
Monthly Estimate: ¥82,000 ¥102,000 ¥97,000 ¥102,000

Also, remember to include things like visas, health insurance, vaccinations, flights, etc. in your budget planning.

Nagoya cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here


Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Non-exchange summer program:

The NUSIP program fee for students from partner universities is $2500 USD. This includes accommodation, tuition, and the social aspects of the program. Flights, meals, personal expenses, insurance etc are the responsibility of the student.

Nagoya University has 3 international student dorms and one mixed Japanese/international student dorm. All of these dorms are self-catered, and located on-campus or close to campus.

There are limited rooms available for couples and families in Foreign Students House and International Residence Higashiyama. 

Student Tips: "[On campus, there is a] lounge to meet up with people, gym and cafeteria. The cafeteria is definitely much more budget friendly and the quality of the food is high."  

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).

Students with no previous Japanese language are eligible for this exchange.

An academic reference is required for a complete application. Note: students applying to the non-exchange NUSIP summer program do not need to submit an academic reference letter. 

Visa Restriction: Japanese citizens/students with a Japanese passport are not eligible for this exchange partner. 

Do I have to speak Japanese?

No prior knowledge of Japanese is required for this exchange, unless you choose to take courses taught in Japanese. Nagoya offers a wide selection of courses in English, as well as Japanese language classes throughout the semester (free of charge)! 

What's special about Nagoya and the university?

Each June, Nagoya hosts its annual university festival, Meidaisai / 名大祭, which is the largest university festival in Japan. Attracting over 50,000 visitors each year, the festival offers a variety of entertainment from live performances, open lectures, food booths, and more. It also focuses on sustainability and environmental initiatives.  

Also check out the Nagoya University International Programs Blog.

What resources are available for new students?

There is a buddy system at Nagoya, with the student tutor being chosen from a similar field of study. Tutoring assistance is available for up to 40 hours per semester, and tutors' responsibilities may include:

  1. Meeting incoming students upon arrival in Japan
  2. Assistance with university paperwork and official procedures after arrival
  3. Advice on the use of university facilities related to academic studies
  4. Assistance and guidance with regard to lectures, research, experiments, course preparation, and reports
  5. Japanese language and conversation support
  6. Introduction of Japanese culture and customs

Nagoya also offers a wide range of clubs, with over 53 cultural clubs and 43 sports clubs, with a total membership of 3,500 students. These provide international and Japanese students with an excellent opportunity to mix, and thus participate in a cross-cultural learning experience. Additionally, NU encourages many uniquely Japanese sports and activities such as traditional martial arts or Japanese tea ceremony. See the list here

During the spring, summer and winter vacations, there are a variety of opportunities for home-visits or camping activities at low cost. Home-visit possibilities include places as far afield as Hokkaido and Kyushu.

What supports or services are available at Nagoya?

Nagoya offers student counselling through the Advising and Counselling Services section of the Education Centre for International Students. Additionally, all schools (departments) at Nagoya University house international student advising or exchange facilities at which overseas students may consult on matters concerning their studies and daily life in Japan.

Nagoya's cafeterias also offer a variety of menus including Japanese, Western, vegetarian and halal dishes. Also, NU is surrounded by restaurants and small coffee shops for other alternatives. 

How should I pack for life in Nagoya?

The climate in Nagoya, although generally mild, is distinguished by its humidity and marked seasonal changes. In general, autumn is dry, cool, and pleasant. Winter (December to February) can prove cold with minimum temperatures of -5℃ to highs of 9℃, with cold winds and the occasional snowfall. Spring (March to May) is the time of cherry blossoms and new beginnings, including the Japanese academic and fiscal years. Summer, heralded by the 'rainy season' in June, is very hot and muggy with temperatures peaking at around 38℃ in August. Temperatures start to drop in mid-September and around this time the Japanese archipelago experiences its tropical storm season. Students should bear these seasonal changes in mind when choosing what clothes to bring to Japan. It can also be challenging to find larger clothing and shoe sizes.

Have questions?

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Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.