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Automotive Engineering in Japan

Nagoya, Japan
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Katherine Schwarzentraub

Program Overview

The NUSIP summer program at Nagoya University will provide students with a rare opportunity to connect with and play a role in automobile technology. This program, taught in English, offers academic credits towards students' engineering degrees and beyond the core curriculum allowing students to further supplement their practical know-how with enrichment as they are exposed to the authentic environment of the automobile factory and research center. A Japanese language course is also offered.

  • Each lecture invites you to learn in a new context, in new ways, gaining perspectives that shape the way you engage with the automobile world.
  • Each lecture is as demanding as it is rewarding, resulting from the commitment of Nagoya University faculty and, in most cases, collaboration with industrial researchers from Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi and so forth.
  • Unlike many study opportunities abroad, the NUSIP program is led exclusively by faculty, ensuring the same quality education that students encounter on their own campus.

All students are guaranteed a place in the University dormitory (single room) provided they meet the conditions of the guarantee. 

More information about this program can be found here. If you are interested in this program, please contact Katherine Schwarzentraub at or schedule an appointment at This program has an early application deadline (usually early February). 


Applicants must be in the mechanical engineering program, be rising seniors or have graduate status during the NUSIP period, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application. Admissions for this program is competitive and applications are reviewed after the published application deadline.  There are only a limited number of spaces available for this program.

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Costs for Other Approved Programs are outlined on the Costs of Study Abroad page. UMD students qualify for the discounted tuition rate at NUSIP. UMD students are responsible for paying $2,700 program fee (paid directly to NUSIP) + $500 EA fee (paid to UMD) + international insurance (approx. ~$40, paid to UMD). Accommodation in Nagoya, the Japanese language course, orientation, public transportation pass, cultural excursion and social activities are included in the program fee. Fees exclude meals and air-ticket expenses.

To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:

  1. Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
    This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
  2. Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.

After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2023 03/15/2023 01/20/2023