AICAD in Japan

AICAD in Japan: At-A-Glance

Art classes at Osaka University of Arts
Intensive Japanese language curriculum
Small program, lots of support
Limited language pledge
Live with a Japanese student
Out-of-class learning and assignments
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AICAD in Japan students are ready to take their Japanese skills and their art to the next level. With an intensive language curriculum, a language pledge, art classes (largely taught in Japanese), and a housing setup aimed at accelerating your adjustment to life in Japan, your semester in Osaka is full of creativity and language gains. This program is open to students of AICAD consortium schools.

Academics in Japan


Curriculum & Syllabi

You take one comprehensive Japanese course for 10 credits, then choose direct-enroll electives at OUA or OGU to meet the recommended 15 to 18 credits.

You are assigned to art classes by the host university (Osaka University of Arts) based on your submitted portfolio and language capabilities. Classes are 3 to 4 credits each.

Beginning Japanese required
  • Glassblowing
  • Art Science (AR/VR)
Intermediate Japanese Required
  • Textiles & Dyeing 
  • Japanese Painting
  • Print Art & Wood Block Printing
  • Book Making
Advanced Japanese Required
  • Animation
  • Manga
  • Gaming
  • Poster Design

You select up to 2 electives at Osaka Gakuin University, schedule permitting. Electives come in many shapes and sizes, and are taught in Japanese or English. Options differ each term and are either 1.5 or 3 credits each. Some past courses have included: 

  • Japan’s Environmental Issues
  • Japanese Technology Companies
  • Japanese Business Culture & Practices
  • Japanese Culture & Society
  • Power of Japanese Pop Culture 

CET converts final grades from OGU to US letter grade equivalents.


Your Japanese will grow by leaps and bounds

Intensive Japanese learning. Your mornings are dedicated to Japanese—a lot of it. You fly through the textbook as your lessons maintain a challenging pace and your teachers keep you on your toes. And with smaller class sizes, a limited language pledge, and even Japanese in Daily Life—a class section that teaches you the language you need to thrive in your new day-to-day—Japanese will be in everything you do.

Study art at OUA. During the application process, Osaka University of Arts (one of the program’s host universities) reviews your portfolio and assigns you to appropriate art classes. Because these classes are taught in Japanese, the more you learn, the better you will understand the art and culture you’re exploring. Already have a good handle of the language? There’s even more classes available for you to take on.

Housing and Meals

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Living Like a Local

Local Roommates. Want to find the kaiten-zushi (conveyor belt sushi) restaurant with the best bang for your buck? The quietest study lounge on campus? Sharing a home with a local student from Osaka Gakuin University gives you instant insider’s access to the city, language, and culture. Learn more about living with a local roommate. 

Eating in Osaka. For meals, take full advantage of living in the “The Nation’s Kitchen” by diving into the local food scene and enjoying the city’s many cheap eateries. For busier days, try out the campus cafeteria or your neighborhood konbini (convenience store). Feeling a home-cooked meal? Try your hand at a local dish with common Japanese ingredients, or cook something from back home for you and your roommate. Learn more about accommodating your dietary needs in Japan. 

Life in Osaka

View of a river and buildings on either side in downtown Osaka

Take the train downtown and enjoy the neon lights of the city at night. Shop for fun souvenirs — Osaka-themed Hello Kitty goods and takoyaki-flavored pretzels are perennial favorites. 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. And on weekends, enjoy the perks of living in a big, connected city—take the bullet train to explore the rest of Kansai and even more of Japan. 

Experience Osaka with CET

Around the City. The program offers different activities that allow you to explore Osaka, use your Japanese, or just unwind. You might attend a takoyaki-making (fried dough ball with octopus) party or explore local temples. And there’s even more to see on your own.

Beyond Osaka. Join your local roommates and fellow CET students on an excursion off the beaten path. You might visit the sand dunes of Tottori or head to Shikoku and hike up to a mountain temple after learning to make udon. Or you might head to Kagawa to make pottery and take in the serenity of a Japanese garden. 

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Student Resources

"One of the most beneficial things about CET Japan is the language pledge—it forces you to speak Japanese inside and outside of the classroom. This can seem quite intimidating but it was so helpful for my Japanese. In addition, it strengthens camaraderie with other students who also took the pledge.">

— Jeffrey Hart,
Brandeis University | Fall student
"I love the extra-curricular activities and excursions. They break up the monotony of the classroom and I get to see more of Japan, its people and the local atmosphere while practicing my listening and speaking skills."

— Camille Nagasawa,
University of Washington | Fall student
"My character design class was full of Japanese freshmen, there were around 30 of them I guess? Nemoto-Sensei was very funny and patient, she was very kind to international students. The class was mainly about learning facial/body proportions, drawing figure movements, and creating your original characters [...]"

— Lily Zhou,
Maryland Institute College of Art | Spring student

"OUA's Japanese Painting course is great. The professors and students are very welcoming and help manage some of our language barriers. The classes are very fun, and the coursework is manageable. "

— Anonymous | Fall student

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On-site Staff

Shogo Sakurai, PhD
Academic Director

Masatomo Yonezu
Senior Resident Director 

EJ Legaspi
Resident Director

Kazushi Emoto
 Academic Coordinator

Tomoha Uchimura
Resident Assistant

Program Fees





What's Included

All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.

We arrange your housing in a fully-furnished apartment or sharehouse. Your program fees go toward rent, utilities, furnishing, and other management costs.

From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way. 

We give you a stipend to cover your commute between the OGU and OUA campuses. And we’ll help you figure out the best train or bus routes. 

You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue that even includes medical evacuation coverage.

The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!

We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You do the legwork, but we’ll make sure you have the documentation and information you need, when you need it. 

Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.

You receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and OGU at the end of the term, as well as an OUA transcript for all studio arts courses. If your home institution requires a School of Record transcript, CET is able to provide one through the University of Minnesota.

More on finances

CET Japan students and local roommates in front of a waterfall on a hike

Program Fee Breakdown. Of the total fall program fee, $17,990 goes to tuition and fees, and $5,000 goes to housing and other student life fees. Of the total spring program fee, $17,990 goes to tuition and fees, and $8,750 goes to housing and other student life fees.

Local Cost of Living. Osaka’s cost of living is higher than most of Japan—though not as high as Tokyo. Relative to other countries in Asia, the cost of living in Japan is closer to that of western nations. A cup of coffee is usually 3 USD, while a casual lunch spot might be between 5-10 USD. 

Estimated out-of-pocket expenses: 

How to Apply

  • •  Pre-requisites: Concurrent enrollment at an AICAD institution; JLPT N2 or the equivalent required
  • •  Must be 18 or older at the time of program participation.
  • • Open to students of art schools that are both in the AICAD consortium and affiliated with OUA as a sister school
  • •  GPA: 3.0 or higher preferred, but admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis;  lower GPAs still encouraged to apply

Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.

Though you take an in-depth placement exam on site, the language evaluation form in your online CET account helps staff get a better idea of your abilities before your arrival.

You will send an application and a portfolio of recent pieces directly to Osaka University of Arts. Based off your submission and language abilities, OUA selects which art classes will be the best fit for you. You can find specific instructions for this step in your online CET account. 

Upload a scan of your passport to your online CET account. This should be a single scan that includes the signed signature page and the photo/personal details page. Don’t have a passport yet? Let us know and we can help advise you.

Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous instructors.

This is an online form that your study abroad office completes to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request,  simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of your online account.

Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.


Fall Semester:

May 1

Spring Semester:

October 1

Have a question? Get in touch!

Melanie MacKenzie

Manager, Student Services 
[email protected]

Price Subject to Change:

CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.

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Our goal is to offer every course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in one particular course, please contact us

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