CET Japan: Summer Study Abroad

CET Japan: Summer At-A-Glance

20 hours/week of intensive Japanese language
Small program, lots of support
Full-time language pledge
Live with a Japanese student
Out-of-class learning and assignments
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CET Japan summer study abroad students are motivated learners interested in a term packed with language progress. With our intensive curriculum, your commitment to full-time language pledge, and your housing with a local Japanese roommate, 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 a total of 9 credits. 

CET Japan study abroad student presents her poster end-of-term project

Your Japanese will grow by leaps and bounds

1 Textbook = 1 Summer. 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 full-time language pledge, and plenty of out-of-class language practica, puts your Japanese skills on the fast track.

I pledge to…speak Japanese 24/7. As intimidating as a full-time language pledge might sound, you won’t be without support. A front-loaded Japanese in Daily Life class segment teaches you the language you need to thrive in your new day-to-day. 

Japanese in practice. Your summer in Osaka culminates in a final Language Project. Interview locals on a topic related to your home country—dig into restaurant culture, political issues, LGBTQ awareness, or even music trends. And when your research is complete,  present your findings to locals in the community. 

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…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 study abroad students and local roommates enjoy lunch in a restaurant

Life in Osaka

View of Osaka Castle with a pond in the foreground

The city center is just a 15-minute train ride away. Go to as many summer festivals as you can fit in your schedule. Shop for quirky souvenirs. 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 soak your feet downstream.

Experience Osaka with CET

Around the city. Each term, the program offers different extra-curricular activities that let you see the city, learn about Japanese culture, practice your language skills, or just unwind with your classmates and roommates. You might attend a takoyaki-making (fried dough ball with octopus) party, explore local temples, or have a movie night. And there’s more of Osaka to explore on your own—sing your heart out at karaoke, try out a public bath, or explore a game center in the Dotonbori area.

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Student Resources

"In these nine weeks, my Japanese level went from virtually zero to a level that allows me to communicate with others and survive in a country where English is not the main language—and that's huge for me."

— Amber Naskrent,
Northern Illinois University | Summer 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
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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.

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 receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and OGU. 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 summer study abroad students and local roommates pose on a bridge

Program Fee Breakdown. Of the total program fee, $6,890 goes to tuition and fees, and $2,500 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: 2 semesters of college-level Japanese
•  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 is recommended, students with lower GPAs will be asked for a faculty recommendation to supplement their application

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 will be evaluated 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.

This is an online form that your current or most recent language instructor completes to help us get an idea of your language level. Use the link in your online account to send the recommendation request.

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.


Priority Deadline

February 1

Final Deadline

March 1

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Have a question? Get in touch!

Tara Strauch

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 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

CET Jordan: Academic Consultation Board

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:

Academic Consultation Board Members

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