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  • Locations: Seto City, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: Japanese GPA: 2.0
Housing Option: Host Family, Student Residence Hall College: Arts & Sciences
Areas of Study: Foreign Language, Japanese Program Type: BGSU Study Abroad Program
Programs by Department: German, Russian, & East Asian Languages Applicants: Only BGSU students may apply
Program Director: Akiko Jones
Program Description:


Sponsored by Nagoya Gakuin University, the Bowling Green State University summer study program in Japan offers students an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the Japanese language and culture through homestays, cultural activities and field trips.  Lasting approximately one month from mid June to the mid July, students will receive 6 language and culture credits. 

Nagoya Gakuin University was founded in 1887 as an English language school in Nagoya City and later moved to its current location in Seto City in 1964 with expanded departments. Seto City is located in the hills of central Japan 30 minutes from Nagoya City and is famous for its ceramics.

Click HERE to learn more about Seto City. 

**This program is for Asian Studies major or minors with one year of Japanese language study. Students must consult the program director in the Asian Studies department and participate in an interview the second week of February. Contact information for the director can be found at the bottom of the page. 

Learn about your destination by visiting the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page at to find country specific information about visa, safety and security, local laws, health, and more.   

The program is open to students who have completed at least one year of Japanese language class or demonstrate its equivalent Japanese proficiency.

During the program, students will attend Japanese language classes in the morning and culture classes in the afternoon Monday through Friday.  Some of the Japanese culture classes include Ceramics, Calligraphy, Intercultural Communication, Sumo (traditional sport), Japanese religion, Japanese plays, Ikebana (flower arrangement), etc. Students will earn 6 credit hours of JAPN credit while participating in this program. Contact Akiko Jones for more specific course information. 

While students will be housed in the university dormitory of Nagoya Gakuin University for the majority of their stay in Japan, they will experience a short homestay with a Japanese family. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get a first-hand glimpse of a Japanese household.

In addition to classes, a variety of field trips and excursions are planned throughout the program.  Students will visit shrines, temples, museums, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, etc. 

As this is a BGSU program, students that qualify for financial aid for a typical term at BGSU may also qualify for funding to assist with the cost of the summer program. Students should consult with a Financial Aid Counselor in the Office of Financial Aid for specific details about aid eligibility and summer aid forms. 

To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
Ryan Czech

If contacting via email please include your name and ID number along with the program name and semester you are planning to study abroad.  For appointments, please also include several days and times that work for you.  

In addition to financial aid, there are International Travel Grants and general Education Abroad scholarship opportunities that are available for students on the Education abroad WEBSITE.

In addition to paying the regular BGSU tuition/fees for the 6-credit hours of coursework, students will also be required pay a program fee of $1,400.  This program fee includes housing for the duration of the program, meals, and all program excursions.  Students will be required to purchase their round trip plane ticket from Detroit to Japan (approximately $1,300-2,000).

Costs billed directly through BGSU Bursar's Office* 
BGSU Tuition and Fees BGSU Tuition and Fees for Summer 2018 can be found on the bursar’s WEBSITE. (Undergraduate, Graduate, In State and Out of State)
Program Fee $1400 (housing for the duration of the program, meals, and all program excursions)
Education  Abroad Fee $50
International Health Insurance $1.62 per day (Students will be billed one time for the duration of their program. This fee is non-refundable.)
*Fees listed are estimates and are subject to change at any time?

Possible Additional Expenses (not billed through BGSU)*
International Airfare $1300-$2000
Personal Expenses $300
* Please note that these costs are estimated and should be used as guidelines only! 


Akiko Jones, Director of Asian Studies, Senior Lecturer
110 Shatzel Hall,  419-372-7136

Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships
301 University Hall