The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Education Abroad office has been helping students from across the United States study at the Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) in Nagasaki, Japan since 1995. Students from more than 80 universities nationwide have chosen to study abroad in Nagasaki, Japan through UW-Platteville Education Abroad.    


You may participate for one semester or for a full academic year, enrolling in between 12 and 18 credits per semester. A typical course load includes one Japanese language course, three to four Japan studies courses, and one to two seminars in traditional Japanese arts.

NUFS was founded in 1947 and is fully accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education. With an enrollment of about 800 students, international students from around the world account for nearly 40 percent of the student population, bringing a unique international perspective to NUFS.

The current NUFS campus, built in 1996, is located on the northern border of Nagasaki City and its suburb of Togitsu. Nagasaki, a city of about 500,000 people on the western island of Kyushu, is built around a natural harbor and climbs up the surrounding steep hills. The city boasts spectacular views and proximity to natural sights such as its rugged coastline, beaches, islands, volcanic mountains, and a national park. 


To apply to study abroad at NUFS you must:

  • Be a degree-seeking undergraduate student who is currently enrolled at a U.S.-based college or university
  • Have completed at least two full-time semesters of college at the time of application and have at least sophomore standing at the time of participation
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA: Students with a grade point average between 2.5 and 2.8 may be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of UW-Platteville Education Abroad and NUFS.
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application and participation.

You are not required to have a minimum language proficiency for any program, but courses taught in languages other than English will have specific language proficiency requirements.

Application Requirements

In addition to any application procedures required your home institution, the following must be submitted via the UW-Platteville Education Abroad online application system:

  • $75 application fee
  • Copy of U.S. passport. If you do not currently hold a U.S. passport, you must apply for one and submit proof of application before the program application deadline.
  • Education Abroad Statement of Purpose
  • International Study Course Approval Form, for UW-Platteville students only
  • NUFS Course Advisement Form
  • NUFS JASIN Certificate of Health
  • NUFS JASIN Financial Statement 
  • NUFS JASIN Homestay Application 
  • Official academic transcript
  • Passport photos
  • Signed statements of responsibility and understanding
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • UW-Platteville Education Abroad application

You will also have access to information to assist you throughout the application process. Upon acceptance, additional pre-departure information and requirements will be provided.

Co-curricular Activities

You will have a wide range of opportunities available to enhance your experience outside the classroom. Opportunities include:


Students studying abroad at Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) through UW-Platteville Education Abroad have the choice of accommodation options at varying costs. Under no circumstances will students be allowed to live in apartments or in any other housing situation that is not approved by, and under the direct supervision of, the NUFS International Center staff.

Naturally, some adjustments with regard to customs, food, and heat must be anticipated with all of the accommodation options, but every effort will be made to provide an agreeable living situation.


You may participate in the NUFS program for one semester or for a full academic year, enrolling in between 12 and 18 credits per semester. A typical course load includes one Japanese language course at the students’ level (four U.S. credits), three to four Japan studies courses (two U.S. credits each), and one to two seminars in traditional Japanese arts (one U.S. credit each).

In addition, if you wish, you may concentrate on language study by substituting additional courses in Japanese kanji, grammar, pronunciation, and similar electives for your Japanese studies courses.

independent study options are also available in art, business, culture, literature, and other areas based on availability and with approval. If you are interested in independent study, submit a short proposal, one-half to one full page in length, at the time of application on the topic of interest for possible approval by NUFS faculty. 

All courses are taken alongside Japanese and international students, and there are many courses available to U.S. study abroad students.

Visa Information

A student visa is required for all students intending to study in Japan. 

A visa is an official document affixed in a U.S. Passport by the Japanese Consulate General granting you permission to live and study in Japan for the duration that the visa is valid.  Entry into Japan must take place within three months of obtaining the student visa, so you cannot apply for it more than three months prior to departure. As of April 2018, there is no fee to apply for a Japanese student visa.

As part of your application to study at the Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies, UW-Platteville Education Abroad requires that you complete all of the necessary paperwork to apply for a Japanese student visa.  

You will be given additional information and instructions upon application, but for the most up to date information on the Japanese student visa process and procedures, please visit the Japan Information and Culture Center.

Contact Information

Education Abroad

0328 Warner Hall

Walk-in Hours via Zoom

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
2–3:30 p.m.

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