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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Languages & Literatures



Study Abroad

Students of the Japanese program at the University of Denver are strongly encouraged to study abroad in Japan.

Through the Cherrington Global Scholars program, every eligible junior or senior has the chance to take advantage of this unique opportunity. To see currently offered programs, and for general information, visit the Cherrington Global Scholars website.

Additionally, the Japanese program recommends the following study abroad scholarships:

For study abroad advising and course approvals, contact the Japanese study abroad adviser listed below.


Orna Shaughnessy, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Japanese
Sturm Hall, Room 346A
Phone: 303-871-2554


lexie study abroad

Name: Lexie
Location: Nagasaki, Japan
Program: Nagasaki Gaidai
Living Situation: Dormitory 

"I'm a Computer Science major, minoring in Japanese and Mathematics. I just got back from studying abroad in Nagasaki, Japan during Spring Quarter 2017, where my program allowed me to focus on full immersion, which was one of the biggest reasons why I chose it. While overseas, I had many opportunities that helped me fulfill my goals of immersion and make my experience a unique one. The most interesting of these opportunities was that I worked a part-time job for half of my semester abroad. I worked at an Eikaiwa (English Conversation School) as an English teacher, and through this position, I worked with around ten to fifteen local students of Nagasaki. On top of that, I also taught a large age range, starting from elementary school students up to adults, talking about diverse topics like festivals around the world, food, and architecture.

I also was able to experience the culture of a Japanese workplace, where I had to adapt to cultural norms that I was unaware of before since I was only focused on my studies as an international student. There were trivial things that I didn't think about until someone mentioned them to me, such as crossing my legs during a lesson and how unprofessional that comes off to students. Overall, I felt that I had two experiences during my time in Japan – a professional experience and a student experience. It was almost like I had separate social lives where I got close to the owner of the English school and my coworkers, and another where I met many international and Japanese students. I am truly happy that I took advantage of this opportunity. "

HoanVu in NagoyaName: HoanVu
Location: Nagoya, Japan
Program: IES Nanzan University
Living Situation: Private dormitory

"At Nanzan University, I joined the University Kendo club and spent time with Japanese students. I was able to witness and participate in festivals in Nagoya and elsewhere in Aichi prefecture. Having the opportunity to fully immerse myself in different communities around Japan was, by far, one of my most favorite parts of studying there.

If I were to offer one piece of advice to students considering studying abroad in Japan, I would summarize something I learned practicing Kendo: When you have an amazing opportunity before you, there is probably a lot to think about and things that make you nervous, but if you have a chance to do something that can change the way you see the world, you should jump into it, mind, body and spirit."

Name: Michael
Location: Osaka, Japan
Program: CET Intensive Japanese program
Living Situation: House shared with Japanese students

"In Japan, you see a whole different side of the world from where you grow up. My experience with the Japanese people has opened up my mind to the world around me, forcing me to perceive each culture in light of the other. I now believe that I can truly appreciate what makes each country special and use that knowledge to educate the people around me.

I strongly recommend that you study abroad here in Japan, immerse yourself in this wonderful language, and see how your worldview broadens. If you do so, I am positive that you will never regret it!"

Matthew in NagoyaName: Matthew
Location: Nagoya, Japan
Program: IES Nanzan University
Living Situation: Homestay

"My favorite part of studying in Japan was living with a host family. My host parents' daughter lived near us with her husband and two children. Additionally, my host mother's father lived with us. All in all, I experienced four different generations of Japanese thoughts and perspectives.

Each member of the family shared something unique with me, from the grandfather sharing stories and pictures from Okinawa to the children sharing their struggles with their math homework. My host family took me to local festivals and shrines, taught me about Japanese cuisine, and constantly looked out for me in my studies. I am convinced that living with a host family exposed me to so much more of Japanese culture and traditions than I would have otherwise experienced."