Japan: Chubu Exchange and Study Abroad

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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit
  • Exchange

Academic Focus

  • Language and Area Studies

Program Feature

  • Language Immersion


  • Japan

Program Term

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Semester
  • Academic Year

Application Deadline

Summer 2023: March 1, 2023

For more information, contact:

Chris Thompson
Program Director 
Department of Linguistics 
Gordy Hall 351
Tel: 740-593-0666

Office of Global Opportunities

Apply for this OHIO Credit or Exchange Program


Students who study at Chubu University will enjoy learning Japanese in a quiet, comfortable setting in a residential suburb of Japan’s third largest city, Nagoya. 

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.

9/29/14- At least two Japanese television stations reported on the work that the OHIO students were doing to help areas affected by the Tsunami.

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu

Program Types

Study Abroad : The study abroad program at Chubu, is a direct credit language intensive group program. An OU faculty designed international experience, students participate in planned group activities, have an OU alum to assist during their time in Japan and and navigate cultural challenges. Students will be evaluated on the materials they submit and may have interviews on case by case basis.

Exchange : The exchange program at Chubu is a selective reciperocal relationship between Ohio University students and Chubu university students. Each student will be selected and nominated for a limited number of spaces. This is a more independent experience in which the candidate should show the utmost maturity, professionalism and ability to operate autonomously, along with a solid grasp of Japanese language skills. There are optional experiences that may be added on to the exchange experience, please see Exchange Student Budget Worksheet below. Exchange candidates will be interviewed.

Both program types may overlap both in activities, housing and classes, at times. ALL participants must participate in the Orientation which will take place Mid-February to Late-April.

Living Arrangements 

Students will live in double-occupancy rooms in an International Student Dorm on the Chubu University campus. Linens will be provided. 

The dorm includes kitchen facilities. Students can also order certain weekday meals from an outside caterer. When classes are in session, there is a wide array of cafeterias on campus 
offering many varieties of inexpensive meals.

Program Dates 

Program dates vary depending on term and program type. Dates below are tentatives and subject to change.

  • Summer 2023:  May 28, 2023 to August 5, 2023
  • Yamada Kazuo short fall semester: September 10, 2022 to December 23, 2022
  • Chubu fall/winter term: September 10, 2022 to February 15, 2023
  • Year Long Program: September 10, 2022 to August 3, 2023


Chubu Study Abroad program :

Students can earn up to 16 credit hours from the following courses:

•    JAPN 2110,2120: Intermediate Japanese 
•    JAPN 3110,3120: Advanced Japanese 
•    JAPN 4110,4120: Fourth Year Japanese 
•    JAPN 3990: Special Studies

Chubu Exchange Program:

Exchange participants will enroll in Japanese language classes and credit will transfer back to Ohio University. Students will earn approximately 16-20 credit hours per semester at Chubu. The exchange option is not available during 2021-22.


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, some meals, in-country transportation, excursions (guided with tours), airport transfers, welcome and farewell dinner and international medical health insurance. 

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 6 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Chubu Study Abroad program - Undergraduate Summer 2023

Chubu Study Abroad program - Undergraduate Full Year (Sept - Aug) 2022-2023

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
  • For programs completed over winter-break and spring break, the credit-hours associated with the program are part of the spring semester. Students taking between 12 to 20 Athens campus hours, including those associated with the program, will not incur additional tuition costs for the spring semester. Students taking less than 12 or more than 20 Athens campus credits for the spring term will see their tuition charge adjusted accordingly.  

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

Applicants must have at least one year of college Japanese or the equivalent and possess a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Applicants are required to submit: 

  • A copy of their DARs
  • A personal statement - Contact Program Director Chris Thompson for guidance.
  • 2 letters of reference - Letters of reference should not be from Japanese instructors. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,   apply for your passport   now. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s   Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found   here