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!
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.
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.
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:
CET converts final grades from OGU to US letter grade equivalents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shogo Sakurai, PhD
Senior Resident Director
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Over the years, we’ve built a strong network of locally-based faculty that we’re proud to call our peers. These faculty make up our Academic Consultation Board—a select group of local voices and thought leaders that help advise and shape components of the CET Jordan program.
Board members support the program in many ways, including but not limited to: