CET Japan

Osaka, Japan

You will love Osaka. After all, what’s better than a city known for great food, great humor, and great people?

Walk through the Pokemon Center with your roommate and see who can name more characters. Experience omotenashi, the Japanese art of hospitality. Shop for quirky souvenirs—matcha kit-kats, anyone? Strike up a conversation with the owner of your favorite ramen shop. Find out what makes okonomiyaki an Osakan specialty. Hike to breathtaking Minoh Waterfall. Take in the colors of the seasons, and soak your feet downstream.

You can do all of this in Osaka. Want to explore even more? Hop the train, and in under an hour, you can add beautiful Kyoto, historic Nara, and trendy Kobe to your list of places visited.

It’s safe to say you’ll love living in Osaka.

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Local Roommates

Want to learn the train route to the longest shopping arcade in Osaka? The vendor who sells the best takoyaki (fried octopus)? The prettiest bike paths? The coolest emoji? Sharing space with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to the city, language, and culture…to say nothing of the instant support network. If you’re having a rough day, just see how you feel after your roommate brings you a bowl of homemade okayu (rice porridge), a comfort food in Japan.

Osaka Gakuin University

The program is based at Osaka Gakuin University. OGU is near two train lines, and only 15 minutes away from Osaka’s downtown. You’ll have access to OGU’s great library, study lounges, sports facilities, and lovely campus.

The CET Center is within the International Center building on campus. It’s here that you’ll take your classes, link up with staff, meet for J-chat (Japanese conversation), or just hang out with peers.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a furnished, off-campus living space with local roommates. Your Osaka home is authentically Japanese—small, but comfortable, and located in a cozy, residential neighborhood. You’ll also have an impressively short commute to campus—30 minutes at most! Residences have many layouts, but you’ll always have peers and Japanese roommates around to cook dinner with or quiz you on Japanese vocabulary before your next quiz.

For meals, take your pick of the city’s many cheap eateries, try out the campus cafeteria, or cook with your roommate in your shared kitchen. Grocery shopping is a great way to learn about your local community—local vendors have sustained the neighborhoods for decades. Don’t like to cook? Don’t worry. Japanese grocery stores carry a wide variety of ready-to-eat foods.

Student Voice
Interested in what living with a local roommate is really like? Read Morgan Stone’s blog post, “Adjusting to Life with a Japanese Roommate.”