Nagoya University Exchange Scheme

St John’s College has an annual Exchange Programme with Nagoya University in Japan. This cultural/academic Exchange Programme allows 6 undergraduate students from St John’s to visit Nagoya University and spend 2 weeks in Japan. The aim of the programme is to broaden the social horizons of students and allow them to gain insight into the history, culture and traditions of Japan.

Programme Details


Undergraduate students from all year groups (including finalists) and across all subjects are invited to apply. The selection is done on the basis of academic excellence and the successful applicants are the ones who are expected to benefit more from the Exchange Programme.

Dates 2020

St John’s students are invited to visit Japan from 6th to 20th July 2020.


All exchange students are required to participate in the exchange activities organised by Nagoya University, unless it is clearly stated that participation is optional.


St John’s students will be involved in a variety of cultural activities, during their stay in Japan. Some of the activities organised in the past, were:

  • Flower arrangement
  • Kimono
  • Origami, the art of paper-folding
  • Japanese Calligraphy
  • Bushido, Samurai Swordsmanship
Costs covered
  • Travel / Insurance / Visa costs
  • Accommodation & Food
  • Programme activities in Japan

Additional Information

Additional Information

The exchange students from Japan will visit Cambridge for two weeks towards the end of Lent Term. St John’s College will provide accommodation for the Japanese students. The host students are expected to assist their peers during their visit and be involved in the activities organised. The cost of these activities is covered by the College. Our goal is to make the exchange as rewarding and enjoyable as possible for both groups of students.

Example Activities

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

The Nagoya Exchange is usually advertised to students in November with a deadline in December. The exact dates will be posted on this webpage closer to the date and a relevant announcement will be made by Student Services.

Students who wish to apply will be asked to also attach: (i) a basic CV, and (ii) a personal statement of the reasons why they are interested in the Exchange Programme and how they feel that it would benefit their academic and personal development.

Student Services would be happy to respond to informal enquiries and requests for information.

The successful candidates will be notified at the end of January.



"I had an amazing time on the Nagoya Exchange and would highly recommend it. It was fun having the exchanges come to Cambridge but of course the highlight was visiting Japan. It made a huge difference to experience the culture through an exchange programme because we saw a more authentic side of student life in Japan. The Nagoya students organised really exciting events for us which we would never even have known about without them. As the culture in Japan is so different, it was so helpful to have them explain (and translate!) for us. We had the opportunity to visit a Japanese hot spring outside of the city and got to a sumo wrestling tournament, amongst many other things. We all gained a lot from the programme and even learnt a little Japanese!"

Ayesha Chanda, 4th year MML student, Summer 2016