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 street car, 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.
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.
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 may be 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.
The residence hall offers students either single or double rooms, and there is ameal 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 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 a 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.
See the budget sheet for the appropriate semester at the top of the page.
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.
Your study abroad advisor
Christian Wilwohl, Study Abroad Program Director
Christian lived and taught English in Japan for 5 years and enjoys sharing his experiences with study abroad students.
Dates / Deadlines:
** 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.