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  • Locations: Nagoya-shi, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UNC Charlotte applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Calendar Year, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/01/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2018 10/01/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/01/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 02/01/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of approval into this program and be able to complete pre-departure materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Programs, UNC Charlotte Exchange Minimum GPA: 2.75
Eligibility: 5th Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Non-UNC Charlotte Students May Apply?: No
Areas of Study: Japanese, Japanese Studies Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Prior Language Study Required: 3 semesters or more Term: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
Exchange option: Undergraduate exchanges
Program Description:

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Please see the "Fact Sheet" listed above in this program brochure for more information regarding the following eligibility requirements:
  • Minimum UNC Charlotte GPA (cumulative) required at time of application
  • Prior Language Study Required (if applicable)
  • Student level at time of study abroad program
In addition to meeting the aforementioned requirements, students are also required to:
  • Be in good disciplinary standing at time of application and prior to departure
  • Complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application by the applicable deadline
Students who have concerns regarding their eligibility are encouraged to discuss these concerns with an Education Abroad Advisor to determine whether or not they would be considered for this program.

UNC Charlotte Exchange Programs

UNC Charlotte has partnerships with 30+ universities all over the world allowing students to attend a host university for either a semester or year. Just like any other study abroad program, students will receive academic credit for the courses they take abroad and will work with their academic department(s) to determine what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take in order to stay on track for graduation. Financial aid and scholarships can be applied to any study abroad program awarding the equivalent of full-time academic credit.

OEA recommends exchange programs for students who are:
  • Independent
  • Organized
  • Looking for cultural immersion
  • Comfortable with receiving confirmed information regarding the program several months after approval
  • Comfortable participating in the program knowing there may or may not be other UNC Charlotte students attending the host university that same semester
Students will have an on-site orientation upon arrival where the International Student Office staff at the host university will discuss university resources, policies & procedures, course registration, etc. Once courses start, it will then be up to the student to attend class and any other mandatory university events; otherwise, when student's have free time, they are welcome to do as they please and to travel on weekends or breaks.

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

  • Private University
  • Founded in 1988
  • Approximately 7,000 students
  • Approximately 118 staff members
Since opening in 1988, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) has developed into a nationally renowned institution for global education, ranking first in the Central Japan region and 6th nation-wide. As the first foreign studies university in the Chubu region, NUFS has always strived for progress in the international studies and foreign languages fields. Education at NUFS fosters the four C's: communication, creativity, cooperation, and contribution. NUFS has direct partnerships with over 20 US colleges, and has more than 300 foreign teachers and students. The university shares campus with its sister institution, Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences (NUAS).

Nagoya-Shi, Japan

Population: 2,300,000
Nagoya is the fifth largest city in Japan and a very comfortable living location. Located in the heart of Japan, unlike Tokyo, Nagoya is not a tourist location, which means a lower cost of living. However, the city has many attractions to offer such as the Naka ward which has shopping, food and the Sky-Boat Ferris wheel. NUFS is located in the suburbs, but there is a nearby bus taking you to the abundant stations allowing easy access to Nagoya's thriving downtown. Its central location means that it is only 1 hour 40 minutes to Tokyo, 50 minutes to Osaka, and 35 minutes to Kyoto all on Japan's convenient bullet train system.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Areas of Study

You may notice in the "Fact Sheet" listed above this brochure, there is an "areas of study" section. The area(s) of study listed here do not necessarily mean that students must be majoring or minoring in one or more of these areas of study in order to be eligible for the program, unless otherwise noted in the "Eligibility" section under the "Overview" tab. Instead, these are suggested areas of study, which indicate that this program may offer one or more courses within this discipline. Students should not rely solely on this "areas of study" section when determining whether or not a study abroad program is a good academic fit for them; instead, they should look at the specific list of courses the host university offers (see below) to determine if there are courses offered that are of interest to the student or that may fit within the student's curriculum.

Host University Courses

Students attending NUFS will participate in the "Global Japan Program." This program for international exchange students focuses on acquiring Japanese language skills and gaining knowledge about Japan from a global perspective. Please note that many universities around the world do not publish their course catalog until several months, or in some cases, several weeks prior to the start of that semester. With this being said, students should refer to the most up-to-date list of courses on the host university's website.

UNC Charlotte Equivalent Course Credit

The Office of Education Abroad does not determine UNC Charlotte equivalent course credit for host university courses. Please refer to our website below for more information regarding the academic credit process: Any course that the student takes abroad will be reported on their UNC Charlotte transcript upon their return, regardless of whether or not the student fails the course or does not need the course to graduate.


The grading system abroad will be different from the grading system at UNC Charlotte. Upon receipt of the official host university transcript, which can take anywhere from 1-6 months to receive once the student returns from abroad, the Office of Education Abroad will evaluate all grades earned and convert them to an A-F letter grade while referring to the World Education Services standard conversion calculator. Note that this process takes 4-5 weeks before the documentation is sent to the Office of the Registrar, who will then post the UNC Charlotte equivalent course and corresponding A-F letter grade earned on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Once approved and placed at a host university by the Office of Education Abroad and once the student is accepted by the host university, students will receive the official start date (communicated to them by the host university), which includes a mandatory on-site orientation as well as the last day of exams. Students are eligible to participate in this program for the following terms and the general months the student would be abroad are listed below (subject to change):
  • Fall: August to December
  • Academic Year: August to August
  • Spring: March to August
  • Calendar Year: March to December

All information listed above is subject to change.

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Housing Options

Students are typically able to choose from several accommodation options. For more information regarding housing options, amenities and cost, please see below:

Cost of Housing

The cost of housing will vary depending on which of the options the student chooses and whether or not the student is in a private or shared room. Housing will be paid to either the host university or host country (i.e. landlord, leasing office, management company, etc.). 

Housing Application

Once approved and placed at the host university by the Office of Education Abroad, students will then be completing a supplemental application in order to be accepted into the host university. Depending on the host university, students will either apply for housing during this supplemental application process or, once accepted by the host university, will complete a housing application. More directions will be given to the student throughout the application process.

Housing Before & After Study Abroad

Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. For students who live on-campus at UNC Charlotte, they should apply for on-campus housing online as normal for the semester they return from studying abroad. For students who live in off-campus apartments, it's important to consider your lease terms and determine when a good time to go abroad may be. Once approved and place at a host university, students have access to a "Sublease Opportunities" google document, which is shared with students who have been approved to go abroad and who have already been abroad in order to connect students with opportunities to short-term housing.


Meal plans are not typically offered at universities outside of the U.S. Students should budget for the cost of groceries, eating at restaurants and purchasing food at dining halls on campus and consider the cost of living in the host city.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Cost Estimate Sheet

To view estimated costs associated with this program, please refer to the budget sheet listed above this brochure (scroll to the top of this page where it says "Budget Sheets" and click on the corresponding term you're looking to go abroad. Students will also receive a copy of this Cost Estimate Sheet in excel format via email when they meet with an Advisor, who will then discuss each line item.

UNC Charlotte Exchange Cost Structure

The following is an outline of the cost structure, which lists common expenses incurred and to whom they will be paid (if applicable). For more information about the estimated cost for each expense, please refer to the budget sheet above. 
  • Paid to the Office of Education Abroad:
    • Application fee and deposit*
    • Study abroad administrative fee*
    • International health insurance*
  • Paid to Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte: 
    • Full-time tuition & fees according to the student's residency (in-state or out-of-state) and level (undergraduate or graduate)*
  • Paid to the Host University:
    • Housing
    • Other fees outlined in the budget sheet, if applicable
  • Miscellaneous Costs:
    • International flight to and from host destination
    • Passport
    • Visa or residence permit (if applicable)
    • In-country transportation
    • Books and supplies
    • Personal expenses
    • Personal travel expenses
    • Additional health insurance policies required by the host country (if applicable)
    • Travel Insurance
    • International Student ID Card (optional)
*Indicates a required fee

Financial Aid

Students who are financial aid recipients can utilize their funds towards their study abroad expenses. Students should expect to receive the same amount of financial aid they typically receive based off of their FAFSA. In some cases, depending on the cost of attendance abroad, the Office of Financial Aid may be able to expand the student's budget, allowing them to access additional aid in the form of loans. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the start of the semester (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar) the student goes abroad. This means that students should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for some expenses (e.g. application fees, housing deposits, airfare, etc.). 

At time of disbursal (either August or January), financial aid will first be automatically diverted to UNC Charlotte's Student Accounts in order to submit payment for tuition and fees according to the student's residency rate. The remainder of the student's financial aid, if any, will then be disbursed to the student directly via direct deposit or refund check (it is recommended that students set up direct deposit for ease of receipt). It will then be the student's responsibility to submit payment to any entity they owe a balance to at that time (if applicable, such as the Office of Education Abroad, the host university, etc.). Students must take the equivalent amount of full-time credit at UNC Charlotte while abroad in order to receive their full financial aid award. Students who fail to remain the equivalent of full-time while abroad will be required to pay back the financial aid awarded for that semester.


Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please see the "Notes" section located in the budget sheet above and our scholarship website for more information.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Application Process

  • Refer to the Steps to Study Abroad
  • Complete Study Abroad 101
  • Meet with an Education Abroad Advisor: In order to receive access to the required OEA application, students are required to meet with an Advisor at least once. During the one-on-one advising appointment, the Advisor will give the student access to the OEA application if they are ready to apply. Please note that clicking the "Apply Now" button above will take students back to their "Advising Application," which is not an application to study abroad. 
  • Complete an OEA Application by the applicable deadline
  • OEA will then evaluate the student's OEA application to determine whether or not they meet the requirements of the program. Note that some universities can be competitive and placement at the first choice university is never guaranteed; if approved, OEA will then place the student at either their first choice or second choice university.
  • Once placed at the host university, students will then be notified via email of their approval and placement. Students will then need to complete a supplemental application required by the host university in order to be accepted into the program. While denial from the host university is very uncommon, the host university reserves the right to deny students' acceptance

OEA Application Components

  • Personal statement in English
  • Personal statement in host country language (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
  • UNC Charlotte transcript 
  • 2 academic letters of recommendation
  • 1 language evaluation (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
  • Disciplinary record clearance
  • $135 application fee and deposit
The components listed above are subject to change. More instructions on how to complete these requirements electronically can be found in the OEA application.

OEA Application Cycles & Deadlines

Please refer to the "Dates/Deadlines" section above this brochure to determine whether or not an application cycle is currently accepting applications. If a note appears that reads "This program is currently not accepting applications," this is because the deadline for the subsequent semester has already passed and students are not yet able to apply for future semesters. Students can gain access to the OEA application according to the following timeline (subject to change):
  • Fall/Academic Year: Applications open in mid-November
  • Spring/Calendar Year: Applications open in mid-April
The OEA application deadlines are as follows:
  • Fall/Academic Year: February 1
  • Spring/Calendar Year: September 1
In some cases, OEA may be able to consider late applications. Please ensure you have completed the Study Abroad 101 requirement and then meet with an Education Abroad Advisor to determine whether or not you are able to apply late. Please keep in mind that, should late applications be considered, chances of placement decrease significantly after the deadlines outlined above have passed.

Host University Supplemental Application Components

After being approved and placed at the host university, students will be given instructions on how to complete the required supplemental application. In most cases, this application will require similar documentation that the OEA application required. In other cases, the supplemental application may require documents such as Medical Health Clearance documents that must be completed by a doctor, proof of financial means (e.g. personal bank statements, parents' bank statements, proof of financial aid or scholarships, etc.), additional letters of recommendation, etc.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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 Host University/Country Resources

Travel Insurance

Although not required, the Office of Education Abroad highly recommends the purchase of travel insurance (also known as cancellation insurance) should personal or global circumstances prevent your participation in the program. You are encouraged to consider obtaining travel insurance and to keep in mind that many travel insurance policies must be purchased within twenty-one days of your initial deposit to apply to the program.

Passports & Immigration

All participants are individually responsible for ensuring that they have the appropriate documentation to obtain entry clearance to their host country. General information about passports and immigration requirements (including visas) is available on the OEA website. Please note that the Office of Education Abroad is legally unable to advise on visas policies and procedures.

Health & Safety

The safety of our students traveling abroad is of the utmost importance to the Office of Education Abroad and UNC Charlotte. Current events are monitored constantly and OEA is in direct contact with students and on-site constituencies in the event of an international emergency. The OEA will work with UNC Charlotte risk managers, on-site staff, the U.S. Department of State and our international insurance provider to determine the best course of action to keep students safe in the event of an emergency abroad.

All study abroad participants are enrolled in mandatory international health insurance which covers a range of medical issues, support services, and evacuation in case of emergency. We also advise that student’s take the responsibility to do their own research in preparation for international travel. We want students and their families to feel comfortable with travel plans prior to departure. Helpful resources include:

LGBTQ+ Travelers

It is important to keep in mind that other cultures around the world may have different attitudes and laws regarding LGBTQ+ individuals. LGBTQ+ students interested or participating in this program should familiarize themselves with the attitudes of the destination country and may wish to explore the following resources:

Students with Disabilities

Many students with disabilities study abroad each year; however, it is important to keep in mind that other cultures may have different attitudes and varying accommodations and laws regarding disabilities. If you are a student who has a learning or physical disability and you are interested in studying abroad, please disclose any requested accommodations to OEA as soon as possible so that we can begin working with you and the UNC Charlotte Office of Disability Services to see if and how we are able to meet your needs. 

To prepare for success, students are encouraged to begin researching the desired host country and consider how they will manage their disabilities abroad well in advance of selecting a program. There are many resources available to students with disabilities who are considering studying abroad. If accommodation on a desired program is not possible or advisable, we will do our best to help you find an alternate program to ensure you are able to engage in a study abroad experience.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Office of Education Abroad

CHHS 256
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Study Abroad Peer Advisors

Each semester the Office of Education Abroad manages the Study Abroad Peer Advisor and OEA internship program, comprised of UNC Charlotte students who have studied abroad. Their role is to speak with students interested in going abroad and to share their experience. Check out our Interns & Peer Advisors and email them with any questions you may have about their program or experience abroad!

This program is currently not accepting applications.