Kyushu, the southern-most part of the four main islands of Japan, is regarded as the cradle of Japanese civilization and has many places of interests. The main attractions of Kyushu are Mt. Aso, Kagoshima/Sakurajima, Kirishima, various islands off the coasts, some interesting hot springs, temples, shrines, and Nagasaki. The people of Kyushu also have a reputation for being very friendly.
Munakata city, surrounded by mountains, lies between Fukuoka city, Japan's 9th largest city, and Kitakyushu city. It has a population of over 80,000 and average temperature of 60 degrees.
Fukuoka City combines the attraction and convenience of a large urban center, with the abundant natural beauty of Hakata Bay. Visitors can enjoy a great range of sightseeing activities, including shopping in the city center; enjoy a relaxing resort-style experience; experience traditional festivals such as the Hakata Dontaku Port Festival or Hakata Gion Yamakasa; or sample delicious seafood caught fresh from the Genkai Sea. Offering smooth connections to domestic and international transport networks, and combining this with a functional urban environment and many other advantages, Fukuoka City is also making a name for itself as a convention city, hosting many events and conventions throughout the year.
Fukoka University of Education
was established in 1949 and currently hosts approximately 3,400 students. The campus is located about 40 minutes by train from the city of Fukuoka. The campus lies in a quiet, somewhat rural area providing for a relaxed atmoshere. Access to the city of Fukuoka, with a population of 1 million people, is within easy reach from the campus.
Fukuoka University often has grant funds available each year for one NAU student to study with them for an academic year (October though August). To be eligible a student must undertake a program of Japanese language and culture and should be a Japanese or Asian Studies minor. The deadline to apply for these funds is February 1 (well before the program admission deadline). Qualified students who wish to apply should contact the program advisor for Japan.
The requirements for this program are:
4 semesters of college-level Japanese
Students may not study for the fall only; students must either choose a year-long study starting in fall or a spring only semester
Students will focus on the study of Japanese Language. Students can also learn about the history and culture of Japan through courses such as "Education in Japan" and "Japanese culture." The program is designed to provide intensive Japanese language instruction and comprehensive understanding of Japanese culture.
Semester I: October to February*
Semester II: April to August
*Note: students may not study for the fall only; students must either choose a year-long study starting in fall or a spring only semester
There are a couple of housing options for students at Fukuoka University of Education. Students can live in single rooms in the women's dormitory (next to campus) or the men's dormitory (1 mile from campus). Meals are available at both dormitories. Room and Board (including breakfast and dinner) is approximately 15,000 yen/month ($125).
There is also an International Student House in Fukuoka (45 min. by train) with single rooms available. Students stay at the Kashiihama facility.