CET Japan Study Abroad

CET Japan: At-A-Glance

10 hours/week of intensive Japanese language
Small program, lots of support
Direct-enroll electives in Japanese or English
Limited language pledge
Live with a Japanese student
Out-of-class learning and assignments





CET Japan study abroad students are ready to move closer to Japanese fluency and dive into life in Japan. With your intensive curriculum, commitment to the language pledge, and housing with a local Japanese student, language isn’t just in the classroom in Osaka—it’s in everything you do. 

Academics in Japan


Curriculum & Syllabi

You take one comprehensive Japanese language course for 12 credits, then choose direct-enroll electives to meet 15 to 18 recommended credits.

You select 1 to 3 direct-enroll electives at Osaka Gakuin University for a minimum of 15 total credits (including language). 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.

Professor teaches a class of CET Japan students

Your Japanese will grow by leaps and bounds

1 Textbook = 1 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 out-of-class language practica, puts your Japanese skills on the fast track. You even have one-on-one hours to help turn your language weaknesses into strengths or explore your own interests. Get ready to learn you’ve skipped a level when you return home.

Japanese in the real world. A front-loaded Japanese in Daily Life class segment teaches you the language you need to thrive in your new day-to-day. You might stop by the pharmacy to find a medicine that you need or practice ordering lunch in Japanese. And your Language Project has you interviewing locals on a topic of your choice—dig into restaurant culture, LGBTQ awareness, or even Japanese music trends. 

Housing and Meals


Living Like a Local

Local Roommates. Want to learn the kaiten-zushi (conveyor belt sushi) 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…to say nothing of the instant support network. 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. 

CET Japan students in a restaurant in Osaka

Life in Osaka

Street in Osaka with colorful street signs

Take the train to downtown and enjoy the neon lights of the city at night. Shop for fun souvenirs — Osaka-themed Hello Kitty goods and takayoki 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. Take in the colors of the seasons, and soak your feet downstream.

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 more to see on your own.

A Weekend Away. Join your roommates and fellow CET students on an overnight excursion. In Mie, you might visit a recreated ninja village and spend the night in a minshuku (Japanese-style housing). Or you might head to Kagawa to make pottery and take in the serenity of a Japanese garden. 

Building a Community. Each term is designed to help you build a community. In the fall, embrace the campus community. Sell pancakes at the campus festival. In the spring, get out into the local community. Bond with a Japanese family during a weekend homestay.  Want to experience both? Stay in Osaka for a full academic year!


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

On-site Staff

Masatomo Yonezu
Senior Resident Director 

EJ Legaspi
Resident Director

Kotaro Matsumoto
Academic Coordinator and Japanese Instructor

Ayaka Tamura
Japanese Instructor

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 about a 10-minute walk from campus. 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. 

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’ll also receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and OGU at the end of the term. You also have the option to request a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota for an additional fee if necessary.

More on finances

CET Japan students smile at a camera while outside of temple gates
Program Fee Breakdown. Of the total program fee, $17,390 goes to tuition and fees, and $5,000 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: None. Open to students of any Japanese level, including absolute beginners
  • •  Must be 18 or older at the time of program participation.
  • •  Open to students from any US college or university
  • •  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.

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

Senior Student Services Coordinator
[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.

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single 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 any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.

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