CET Japan

Get Closer to Fluency

Take a full load of intensive language classes. Finish the whole textbook. Practice your Japanese in real life settings.
  • Intensive Japanese language
  • Out-of-classroom projects & learning 
  • Electives in Japanese or English 
  • Complete one year of Japanese each semester 

Japanese in Daily Life

Need a book? Search for it at the library—in Japanese, of course. Need to make a stop at the neighborhood pharmacy? Ask for the medicine you need. You hit the ground running with Japanese in Daily Life, a class segment that launches your semester. From day one, you’ll start learning (and using!) the language that is critical for living in Japan.

One Year in One Semester

You will fly through your textbook (and the textbooks we use are the same ones favored at US universities, so it’s easy to keep track of where you are). That pace, along with a small class size, a limited language pledge, and plenty of language activities, will put your language skills on a very steep learning curve. Get ready to learn you’ve skipped a level when you return home.

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Find Community On Campus & Off

Small classes and friendships with teachers will make you feel at home. You’ll also have plenty of chances to get to know Japanese people outside of the classroom.

In the fall semester, be a part of the campus community, just like the local students. Sell pancakes at the campus festival, check out the gym, or take a stroll around the beautiful grounds. In the spring semester, get out into the local community. Spend the weekend in a homestay with a local family or volunteer at a local elementary school.

Both semesters give you unique opportunities to experience Osaka and practice your Japanese with locals. If you’re having trouble deciding which semester is right for you, get the best of both worlds and stay for the full academic year!

Language Project

Wrap up your semester with your Language Project. You choose a topic—Japanese fashion, aikido martial arts, or Japanese corporations—and go and interview locals about it. Then present your findings at a campus open house. Tie up everything you’ve learned and show off your newly minted language skills to a supportive group of peers, teachers, and community members. If you can give a formal presentation in Japanese, what can’t you do?

Past Language Project Examples

Japanese tourism
Traditional dance
Endangered species in Japan
Japanese corporations and business
Japanese movies
Flower arrangement
Service Omotenashi
Japanese fashion

Curriculum & Syllabi

Intensive Japanese

You are placed into one of these courses:

JP113 Intensive Beginning Japanese
12 credits

JP213 Intensive Intermediate Japanese
12 credits

JP253 Intensive Intermediate High Japanese
12 credits

JP313 Intensive Advanced-Intermediate Japanese
12 credits

JP413 Intensive Advanced Japanese
12 credits

JP513 Intensive High Advanced Japanese
12 credits

Each course includes a Japanese in Daily Life segment and a Language Project.

One to Three Electives

You select one to three host university electives. Electives come in many shapes and sizes, and are taught in Japanese or English. Options change from term to term. Some past courses:

 Introduction to Japanese Literature
Japanese Business Culture & Practices
Japanese Culture & Society
Power of Japanese Pop Culture

1.5 to 3 credits each