Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

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Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
Type Private
Established April 1, 1988 (1988-04-01)[1]
Affiliation Nakanishi Educational Foundation
President Ikuo Kameyama
Vice-president Yoshiro Takanashi
Takashi Tsunekawa
Toshiaki Kurata
Academic staff
Students 3727
Location Nissin, Aichi, Japan
35°09′29″N 137°02′35″E / 35.158°N 137.043°E / 35.158; 137.043
Nickname NUFS

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (名古屋外国語大学?, Nagoya gaikokugo daigaku) is a private university located in Nissin City, Aichi Prefecture in the “Chubu” (central) area of Japan. Founded in 1988, it is known domestically by the name “Nagoya Gaidai” and its English abbreviation as NUFS.


About NUFS[edit]

NUFS is a four-year university which at the time of its founding in 1988 was the only foreign language studies university in the “Chubu" region that lies between the greater Tokyo region and the Kyoto-Osaka region. Currently NUFS contains two faculties consisting of nine departments and one graduate school. It has established relationships with 91 overseas educational institutions. NUFS maintains a “Total Expense Support System (TESS),” which means that the university bears the full financial burden of its overseas exchange programs. The number of its students sent abroad exceeds anything seen at any other university in its region. One special feature of the NUFS curriculum is the “Power-Up Tutorial”, a first-year class in which only three students study with one foreign teacher.

Educational Philosophy[edit]

The basic motto of NUFS is “Human Education and Practical Learning.” We strive to create the kind of learning that meets the real needs of contemporary society. As a foreign language university, our educational goal is to develop our students into people who will contribute richly to society and can be active in shaping the 21st century. In our teaching, we understand the need to treat each student as a unique individual, paying heed to the differences in each person’s areas of talent and ability. We also strive to create a nurturing environment for our students, creating bonds of trust and affection.


1988 — Founded Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (Department of British and American Studies,Department of French Studies and Department of Chinese Studies.

1994 — Opened School of Global Business and Economics.

1997 — Opened Graduate School of International Studies.

1999 — Established Doctoral Program (second semester) at Graduate School of International Studies. Reorganized Master's Program into Doctoral Program (first semester). Opened Department of Japanese Studies.

2001 — Established Japanese Language Institute.

2004 — Opened School of Contemporary International Studies (the Department of English and Contemporary Society and the Department of Global Business).

2008 — Established the Department of English Language Teaching in the School of Foreign Studies.

2013 — Established the Department of Liberal Arts and Global Studies in the School of Contemporary International Studies.

2015 — Established the Department of World Liberal Arts.

2017 — Opened School of Global Governance and Collaboration (the Department of Global Governance and Collaboration).


The Campus[edit]

The NUFS campus is situated in the hill country east of Nagoya City. This area of Nissin City includes the campuses of several other universities as well, so it is considered an educational zone.

International House[edit]

Very close to the university campus is the dormitory for overseas exchange students, who mainly come from the school's partner universities around the world. Aside from the foreign residents, some of our graduate and undergraduate students are selected as Resident Assistants. Our students are free to come and go as they please from this facility. Also, there are other apartments available for resident students.

Undergraduate・Graduate Schools[edit]

Undergraduate Schools[edit]

  • School of Foreign Studies
    • Department of British and American Studies
    • Department of English Language Teaching
    • Department of French Studies
    • Department of Chinese Studies
    • Department of Japanese Studies
    • Department of World Liberal Arts
  • School of Contemporary International Studies
    • Department of English and Contemporary Society
    • Department of Global Business
    • Department of Liberal Arts and Global Studies
  • School of Global Governance and Collaboration
    • Department of Global Governance and Collaboration

Graduate Schools (International Communication Studies)[edit]

  • Masters Programs
    • English Communication Course (English/English Education)
    • French Communication Course (French/French Education)
    • Chinese Communication Course (Chinese/Chinese Education)
    • Japanese Communication Course (Japanese and Japanese Education)
    • International Relations Course (International Relations)
    • Global Business Course (International Business)
    • Global Governance Course (Multilingual and Multicultural Management), (Public Interpreting and Translation)
    • TESOL Course (English/English Education)
  • Doctoral Programs
    • English Language Studies and English Language Pedagogy (English Linguistics/English Pedagogy)
    • Japanese Language Studies and Japanese Language Pedagogy (Japanese Linguistics/Japanese Pedagogy)
    • International Cultural Studies (International Culture)

Programs for Inbound Studies (Japanese Language Institute)[edit]

The Japanese Education Center is where exchange students from our overseas partner institutions are placed. Agreements are in place with 91 different overseas universities, including those in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, and China. Each year we host more than 150 international students. Mainly these students study the Japanese language and Japanese culture. The courses are given in English and they cover culture, society, economics, education, and many other aspects of contemporary Japan.

  • Japanese Language and Japanese Society Program (JLJSP) Performance-based language classes separated into 6 levels, spanning from absolute beginner to upper-advanced. Contemporary Japan Program Nagoya (CJPN) - Learning about Japan through English-language lectures
  • Contemporary Japan Program in Nagoya (CJPN) Classes in English covering sociology, religion, pop culture, history, automobile manufacturing, and other many topics pivotal to understanding the Chubu region (one of Japan’s most economically vibrant regions).

Overseas Partners[edit]

The university has agreements with 84 partner institutions spread across 13 nations.


  • Grand Canyon University
  • Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • The University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC)
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • The University of Cincinnati (UC)
  • The University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG)
  • Western Washington University (WWU)
  • Clemson University (CU)
  • Carson-Newman College (CNC)
  • The University of Iowa (U of IOWA)
  • Georgia Southern University (GSU)
  • Campbellsville University (CU)
  • New Mexico State University (NMSU)
  • Kansas State University
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Evansville
  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (HPU)
  • The University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC)
  • Brescia University
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of Pikeville
  • Southern Oregon University
  • Pacific University
  • University of Denver


  • School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
  • Montreal University
  • Algoma University (AU)
  • Medicine Hat College (MHC)
  • Selkirk College
  • University of Lethbridge Faculty of Management
  • Yukon College
  • North Island College
  • St. Lawrence College
  • Okanagan College

United Kingdom[edit]

  • Bath Spa University (BSU)
  • Middlesex University
  • Oxford Brookes University (OBU)
  • University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
  • The University of Kent
  • Keele University
  • The University of Winchester
  • University of Portsmouth


  • University of Limerick


  • Griffith University
  • The University of Newcastle (UON)
  • Australian Catholic University (ACU)
  • University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
  • Adelaide University
  • University of South Australia (UniSA)
  • University of Tasmania (UTAS)
  • Macquarie University

New Zealand[edit]

  • The University of Waikato
  • Massey University


  • University of Marne-La Vallee
  • University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), Course of French Civilization
  • University of Stendhal-Grenoble 3
  • University of Jean Moulin Lyon 3
  • Bordeaux Montaigne University
  • Aix-Marseille University
  • University of Caen Lower-Normandy
  • Catholic University of Lyon
  • University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • University of Toulouse Jean Jaures
  • Catholic University of the West
  • Paris Diderot University
  • Toulouse Catholic University


  • Free University of Brussels


  • Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • Xi'an Foreign Languages University
  • Dalian University of Foreign Languages
  • Tianjin Foreign Studies University
  • Shanghai International Studies University
  • Dalian University


  • Pusan University of Foreign Studies
  • Jeonju University
  • Woosong University


  • Ming Chuan University
  • National Taiwan University
  • Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages


  • Guadalajara Aunonomy University


  • Foreign Trade University
  • University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi


  1. ^ "History". Nagoya University of Foreign Studies. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 

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