Study Abroad in Japan: AICAD in Japan

Lanterns lining paved walkway

Osaka, Japan: Is this study abroad program for you? This program is for art students from schools within the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). Students bring new dimension and inspiration to their art by immersing themselves in Japanese language and culture. They take studio arts courses and intensive Japanese language classes. They live with a Japanese roommate, interact with Japanese artists and explore the local arts scene. The program is open to students of all AICAD schools and Japanese language levels, from absolute beginner to advanced.

Study Abroad in Osaka, Japan: Features

  • Studio art courses taught in Japanese: glassblowing, wood block printing, textiles, manga
  • Intensive Japanese language courses
  • Extensive support from CET: assistance with housing, courses, and assimilation into daily life
  • Immersion into the Japanese art world—galleries, interactions with artists, activities
  • Local roommates
  • No language prerequisite

Study Abroad in Osaka, Japan: Details

Semester Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Fall 2014
Application Deadline 05/01/13 10/01/13 05/01/14
Program Length 16 weeks 28 weeks 16 weeks
Arrival Date 09/02/13 01/16/14 08/27/14
Departure Date 12/21/13 07/30/14 12/20/14
Program Fee $20,050 $23,350 $20,050
Recommended Credits 14 to 19 14 to 19 14 to 19


Commitment, Creativity & Connections: Leaping Over the Language Barrier
AICAD in Japan offers students countless opportunities to grow as an artist. But taking advantage of these opportunities requires determination, motivation and grit, as demonstrated by past students:

  • One past AICAD student casually walked into an art gallery in downtown Osaka at the end of the semester. Thanks to the work she put into her intensive Japanese language classes, she was able to engage in conversation with the gallery owners about her own artwork and why she was in Japan. They ended up exchanging contact information, and now the student is applying for a Fulbright, with the hopes of returning to Japan and apprenticing in that gallery.
  • One past student was determined to create her own kimono for her textiles class. Her limited Japanese did not deter her, and her professor mentored her through the entire project.
  • One student returned to Japan after the program, relying on the circle of friends he met through his local roommate to network with galleries for an exhibition venue.