Study Abroad in Hiroshima, Osaka, Naruto, Tokyo, or Nagoya

The kanji characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why Japan is sometimes identified as the "Land of the Rising Sun".  Japan is a country of over three thousand islands extending along the  Pacific coast of Asia. The largest of which are Honshu, Hokkaido, and Shikoku. Most of the islands are mountainous, many are volcanic including Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji. About 70% to 80% of the country is forested.

Japan has the tenth largest population in the world with about 128 million people. The Greater Tokyo Area, which includes Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents.

Japan is the world's third largest economy by nominal GDP and is a member of the United Nations, G8 and APEC.

Read about our historic Japan Consortium Agreement 


If you are looking to study in the quintessential Japanese city, Osaka is a great place to be.  Osaka is the capital of the Osaka Prefecture and is the third largest city in Japan with 2.7 million people.  It is also located in the Kansai region on the main island of Honshu at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay.

Osaka is characterized as a city of good businessmen, bustling with energy, and is happy and outgoing. Osaka is the birthplace of a number of world-class industries especially in the field of electronics and there are many famous historic sites in nearby Kyoto and Nara.

Osaka Kyoiku University (OKU)
The mission of OKU is to foster qualified professionals in the field of school education. While its origins date back to the 1870’s, OKU was founded in 1949. Today, OKU has two major campuses, one in Kashiwara City and the other in mid-town Osaka City. OKU has 4,900 full-time students, including 153 foreign students from 15 countries. Western Carolina University students can enroll in courses that can be applied to a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or to a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts & Sciences.  

Reasons to Attend Osaka Kyoiku University:

  • Experience Japanese culture in one of Japan’s top cities.
  • A Safe and Supportive Campus Environment
  •  State-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities
  • Located in the vibrant & metropolitan Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe Region
  • Special support and accommodations for International Students.
  • Coursework focused on Education, Arts and Sciences, as well as the Arts.


Hiroshima is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture and is the largest city in the Chugoku region of western Honshu, the largest of Japan's islands. While it is most known throughout the world as the first city in history to be subjected to atomic bombings in World War II, this vibrant city has risen from the ashes to become a world-renowned center for international education initiatives for world peace.   Furthermore, Hiroshima is a very clean and modern city known for its elegant parks and greenways.

Hiroshima University
Hiroshima University is a university that promotes freedom and peace and is open to the community.

Hiroshima University is an integrated research university with ten faculties, ten graduate schools and one research institute, along with many education and research facilities. The University has an excellent record of education and research achievements. On a beautiful and spacious campus, students are encouraged in their pursuit of knowledge and academic research activities are on going.

Along with perfecting the fundamental academic fields in which the University has already obtained an excellent international standing, the University promotes the importance of pioneer research in order to contribute to the creation of an intellectual civilization and aims to establish a world position in a variety of fields of academic research.

Based on the University's string of excellent educational achievements and traditions, we shape educational content to meet the needs of society and develop new educational methods in order to send out to society, students who have a wide field of vision, highly specialized abilities and are rich in human qualities.


Naruto is located in Tokushima Prefecture. As of 2003 the city has an estimated population of 64,257.

One of the famous attractions is the Naruto Whirlpools between Naruto and Awaji Island in Hyogo, Japan.Ryozenji and Gokurakuji, are the first two of the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgramage are in Naruto. 

Naruto University of Education
Naruto University of Education is a new kind of University for teachers in that it is designed to retrain teachers from nation-wide schools through advanced course work and research in graduate programs as well as to train elementary and secondary school teachers in undergraduate programs.




Tokyo has been described as one of the three "command centers" for the world economy, along with New York City and London. Tokyo is is the capital of Japan. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and is the home of the Japanese Imperial Family. Tokyo is located in the Kanto region on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands.


J.F. Oberlin University

Oberlin University is a private university in the suburb of Machida, Tokyo, Japan. The university's name was derived from that of pastor and philanthropist J. F. Oberlin, and the name also shows the university's historical ties with Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, which the university's founders attended.


WCU students may study for a semester or year at Oberlin through the university's Reconnaissance Japan (RJ) program, which is run by Oberlin's "J.F. Oberlin Center for International Studies". In the RJ program, students take a Japanese language course (which can be tested out of) as well as English-language courses in Japanese culture. During their study at Oberlin, students may stay with a Japanese host family, live in a university-provided apartment such as New Shimura Heights, or International House (known by students as Pink House), or find their own housing.




Located on the Pacific coast in the Chubu region on central Honshu, it is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japan's major port cities. It is also the center of Japan's third largest metropolitan region, known as the Chukyo Metropolitan Area. As of 2000, Chukyo Metropolitan Area has 8.74 million people, of which 2.17 million live in the city of Nagoya. Nagoya's main industry is the automotive business. Toyota is headquartered in the cities of Toyota and Nagoya. Mitsubishi Motors has R & D division in Okazaki a suburb of Nagoya.


Chukyo University

Chukyo University is a private university with campuses in Nagoya and Toyota and is the ideal study abroad destination for those interested in an immersion experience. Students have an abundance of opportunities, both inside the classroom and out, to interact with Japanese classmates, improve language skills and experience the real Japan. Whether it is participating in the campus-wide school festival or visiting the ice skating rink where Chukyo students train to become Olympic champions, students that attend this university are sure to have an experience of a lifetime.


At Chukyo there is a wide variety of courses in Japanese culture, history, current affairs, and Japanese language (beginning to advanced levels). For those interested in fields relating to the Japanese economy, finance, commerce, and management, a program of courses from the School of Commerce, Economics, and Management can be arranged at any level from lower division to graduate.  Courses taught in English include: The Culture and Society of Japan, Japanese Culture and Art, International Business Theory, World Literatures in English, Foundations of Japanese Studies, Oral Communication, International Business, American Literature in the 20th Century, American Culture, British Social History.


WCU students may study abroad on exchange at Chukyo for a semester or year and students are housed in single-occupancy rooms with private bath and kitchen in modern flats near the Nagoya campus.



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