UF Summer Program

UF in Japan – Japanese Culture in Place (Summer A)

Program Information:
The course is taught in English, and is not designed as a language study abroad program (although learners of Japanese will, of course, have ample opportunities to use their language abilities). The class is divided into three parts: Tokyo, Kyoto, and online work back home. Students will spend two weeks each in Tokyo and Kyoto. Tokyo is Japan’s modern capital, while Kyoto is Japan’s ancient capital. These two cities offer a wide variety of historically and culturally significant sites to visit and activities to enjoy. Students will learn about and visit modern hubs of fashion and pop culture like Akihabara and Harajuku, famous preserves of traditional culture such as Kiyomizu Temple and Tōdai-ji, and politically charged sites like Yasukuni shrine and the Imperial palace. Students will then complete a project after returning home, before the end of the Summer A session.

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UFIC Deadline: Early February

Exchange Programs


The study abroad program at Aoyama Gakuin University is located on a beautiful campus in the heart of Tokyo. All coursework must be submitted in Japanese and for this reason the program is targeted at those with advanced proficiency in Japanese (3 or more years of study). Academic-year and 1-semester options.

Aoyama Gakuin University (Academic Year)
Japanese Studies Deadline: Mid-January

Hirakata City:

This study abroad program at Kansai Gaidai University is located midway between Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, and Osaka, the mercantile and comedy center of Japan. Students take Japanese language courses (1 year of previous study required), and Asian-studies related electives taught in English (e.g., political science, art history, anthropology, manga drawing, among many others). Academic-year and 1-semester options.

Kansai Gaidai University (Fall, Spring, or Academic Year)
Japanese Studies Deadline: Mid-January for the fall semester and academic year program & Mid-September for the spring semester program


The program at Nagoya University, called NUPACE (Nagoya University Program for Academic Exchange) is ideal for students in international studies and STEM majors, in addition to Japanese majors, because it offers over 800 courses in a wide variety of subjects e.g., (environmental studies, engineering, global studies, among others). No previous study of Japanese language is required, but all students in the program must take a Japanese language course (can be used to satisfy the UF language requirement). Nagoya University is among the top 5 national universities in Japan. Nagoya is a major metropolis midway between Tokyo and Kyoto. Academic year or spring-term 1 semester option.

Nagoya University (Academic Year or Spring)
UFIC Deadline: Mid-February for the academic year program & Mid-September for the spring semester program


The study abroad program at Shimane University offers courses in Japanese language and intensive Japanese studies, all of which are taught in Japanese. The academic year and the fall/spring 1-semester options require advanced proficiency in Japanese (3 or more years of study), while the summer C option is open to students with 1 year of Japanese language study. Matsue is a former castle town, and is located in a very old area rich in cultural history on the Japan Sea side of Japan.

Shimane University (Summer C or Academic Year)
UFIC Deadline: Early-November for the summer C program  & Mid-March for the academic year program

Program by the Department of Economics


The program at Waseda University is located on a beautiful campus in the heart of Tokyo. This program is run by the Department of Economics, and students may apply to it directly through UF’s International Center. Academic year or spring semester options.

Other Information

UF Japanese Studies – Major: The Japanese specialization in foreign languages and literatures
A maximum of 15 non-language course credits can be applied to the major from overseas study

Study in Japan – American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) – Information regarding scholarships and non-UF study abroad options

UFIC Scholarships