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Program Description:




Program Dates

Spring  Spring 2019  
Departure to Japan   March 24th  
Arrival in Japan   March 25th   
Classes Begin April 8th   
Classes End (Early Assessment Only) August 8th   
Check out of Accommodations August 9  
 *Please note some dates are subject to change* 

Program Costs

Click the link below for cost breakdowns for this program.  Be sure you are looking at the proper budget sheet based on your permanent residence.  There are four different budgets in total 

Nagasaki budgets Fall 2018 - Spring 2019.pdf

Discover your world in Nagasaki, Japan

  • Learn about Japanese culture and improve your Japanese language skills in the historical city of Nagasaki where you can explore narrow streets, ride the old-fashioned streetcar, and visit sites such as the Peace Park, Dejima Island, and Glover Garden.
  • Nagasaki sits on a natural harbor with steep hills surrounding the city from where you’ll enjoy spectacular views. The city is located near beautiful, rugged coastline, beaches, islands, volcanic mountains, and Unzen National Park. You’ll experience a mild winter and tropical humidity in the summer during your stay in Nagasaki. 
  • Nagasaki bears much significance in Japanese history as the only port open to Westerners during the Tokugawa shogunate and as the site of the second atomic bomb dropping at end of WWII.
  • Despite centuries of Western influence, Nagasaki remains authentically Japanese with an international flavor which you’ll see in its lively festivals, architecture, cuisine, and the welcoming and friendly spirit of its residents.

Your host institution and classes

  • Founded in 1945, Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) is located on the outskirts of the city in the suburb of Togitsu.  NUFS is part of Nagasaki Gaidai.
  • The curriculum at NUFS focuses heavily on languages and cultures, and NUFS boasts exchange programs with universities all over the world.  You’ll have the opportunity to take classes with both host country and international students.
  • You will take classes offered through the Japan Studies in Nagasaki (JASIN) Study Abroad Program which offers Japanese language instruction from beginner to advanced levels as well as courses on Japanese business, culture, and history.  
  • For information regarding classes see the following PDF (note, this is from Fall 2016 but many classes are offered in both fall and spring semesters at JASIN): JASIN Course Syllabus Fall 17.pdf
  • Please note the following regarding your classes:

    If students need additional coursework in order to meet the demands of their home university, they should let the instructor know very early on in the semester and work out an appropriate plan in consultation with both the home university and the instructor.

    This provision now allows students to add additional coursework to a particular class. On occasion, this arrangement will allow certain Japan Studies classes to transfer as upper-level credits.  Students can now request to add coursework, a paper or project for example, in order to make the class’s content more appropriate for transfer.

    Classes affected:

    Japanese Culture A
    Seminar in Japanese Studies A
    Japanese Linguistics A
    Contemporary Japanese Literature A
    Peace Studies
    Japanese Literary History A
    Overview of Japanese History A
    Introduction to Japanese Society
    Japanese Business A
    Japanese Management A
    Japanese Film A
    Modern Japanese History
  • Upon arrival, you’ll have an extended orientation with the JASIN program staff and take your Japanese language placement test which will determine which Japanese language class(es) you’ll be taking.
  • The JASIN program staff will organize your arrival in Fukuoka and transfer to Nagasaki.  You’ll receive arrival instructions once you’ve been accepted in to the program.

Your home away from home

The JASIN program offers you two types of accommodation in Nagasaki: a homestay experience with a Japanese host family or a single/double room in a student residence hall.
For accommodation costs, please consult the program budget sheet.


  • For students who want to learn more about Japanese culture and make progress with their language skills, a homestay experience may be a good option.
  • In addition to their friendship, host families provide students with a private bedroom and breakfast and dinner daily. Students are responsible for their lunches.
  • While some host families may be within walking distance of the university, others maybe 30 to 60 minutes away by bus. Students who opt for a host family should bear this in mind.  You’ll receive a travel stipend if you’re daily transportation costs exceed 360 yen/day.
  • Students should be aware that there will be variance among host families in terms of English-speaking availability as well as internet access and rules regarding usage of the family’s TV, kitchen facilities, and laundry.

Ampelos Dormitory

  • The residence hall offers students either single or double rooms, and there is a meal plan that includes breakfast and dinner. Students are responsible for the lunches.  Students should be aware that the meal plan lacks the variety of food they are accustomed to at their home university dining halls.  There are shared kitchens in which students can make meals together.
  • Each Ampelos room includes a platform bed, desk, chair, bath, toilet, sink, stove, air conditioner/heater, phone, shoe closet, and closet.
  • Internet service is available and is included in students’ accommodation fees.
  • The Ampelos office is staffed 24/7 to provide peace of mind even in the case of sudden illness.
  • Ampelos hosts a Tanabata star festival, Christmas party, and several other exchange events throughout the semester.
  • Students need to bear in mind that the residence hall has rules that are much different than rules/regulations that they are accustomed to in the United States. This is, of course, part of the experience, and students will need to be flexible and understanding of cultural differences related to residence halls in Japan.

Your time outside the classroom

  • The JASIN Program staff organize regular activities in and around Nagasaki, and there are some planned excursions further afield during the course of the semester.
  • You’re encouraged to make arrangements for a conversation partner with whom you can meet on a regular basis to get extra language practice and make new friends.
  • You’re invited to join any student clubs for which you’ll receive more information upon arrival.

Visa and Immigration

  • Visa requirements frequently change and you are ultimately responsible for correctly completing any immigration requirements.  Please do not apply for a visa or purchase airplane tickets until you have received information and support documentation from the SUNY New Paltz Center for International Programs office.
  • Your study abroad advisor will schedule a visa advising session to get you started on the visa process.

Have Questions?

Contact SUNY New Paltz Study Abroad Advisor Bianca Sylvain

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 04/01/2019 04/05/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.