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Japan Study Abroad: Chubu Exchange and the Iwate Global Engagement Project

96-year-old tsunami survivor thanks OHIO students and Iwate Perfectural students and faculty for delivering water.

Learn Japanese in Japan

Ohio University’s long-standing relationship with Chubu University in Japan provides several different types of opportunities for OHIO students, including study abroad, exchange, and the special service project in Iwate Prefecture devastated by the 2011 tsunami.

The program offers courses in Japanese to students at all proficiency levels. Students may also take field trips and excursions during their stay. Qualified extended-stay students who successfully complete one semester of full-time Japanese study in the fall may be eligible for internship opportunities and tutorial programs in Engineering, the Natural Sciences and Humanities during spring semester.

Japan Study Abroad Iwate Global Engagement Project

This opportunity began in September of 2011 following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in Northeast Japan. In collaboration with Iwate Prefectural University (IPU), students from OHIO and Chubu join IPU students on community engagement and service learning projects during the last week of September each year.

For more information on any of these programs, contact Dr. Chris Thompson. Applicants must have at least one year of college Japanese or the equivalent and possess a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.



Fall, Spring, Summer, Semester, Academic Year.

Academic Credit

Ohio credit and/or exchange credit

Cost & Scholarship Availability

Associated costs are provided on the program webpage linked below. Scholarships available, financial aid may be applied.


Helping a Community Recover from Tsunami

Faculty and students’ latest project is an inspirational mural on a 48-foot seawall protecting Tarō, Japan, a city in Iwate Prefecture devastated by a 2011 tsunami that claimed more than 15,000 lives.

Students at Chubu University with Sabraw