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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.
You take one comprehensive Japanese language course for a total of 9 credits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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: