Diversity & Inclusion in Japan

At the CET Japan program, students typically attend classes for a minimum of 1 hour/day and a maximum of 4 hours/day (typically 3 hours/day in the semester and 4 hours/day during the summer). Class size ranges from 2 to 15 students and is typically 5 to 10 students. Classes are usually 60 to 90 minutes long, and there is a 10-minute break in between back-to-back classes. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 1 hour of homework for every hour in class. A low-distraction test environment, extra time on exams, and modified deadlines and seating are available for students with documented need. Exams are taken by hand, without use of computer.

Most classes are held in classrooms located on the upper floors of a multi-story building on campus. The entrance to this building is at street level with no steps up. There is elevator access to all floors.

Students reside in apartments or houses with other CET students and local university students. Some apartments are within a 0.1 km to 3 km walk from campus. Others require a train ride. For those students whose commute from the apartment to campus requires a train ride, transportation costs are covered. Major streets usually have sidewalks that are generally well-kept and provide curb cuts. Smaller streets do not offer sidewalks, but are well-paved and frequented by pedestrians. Most intersections have clear visual signals and major intersections typically have audio signals. Traffic is orderly. Most trains and public buses are wheelchair accessible.

After class and on weekends, there are mandatory academic activities and optional trips to nearby sites and other cities. Excursions may involve urban walking, rural hiking, use of public transportation, and/or going up and down stairs. Excused absences are available for students with documented need.

Housing ranges from efficiency apartments to shared houses. First floor residences with ramp access may be available for students with documented need if requested in advance. Students are typically assigned to housing by gender, and students are not permitted into housing designated for the opposite gender. However, arrangements can be made to accommodate gender non-conforming students if notice is provided in advance. Rooms are typically shared, but a single room in a shared house or apartment, with a private shower or toilet, may be available for students with documented need.

The Japanese government legally recognizes male and female gender only. Transgender individuals may change their legal gender only after reassignment surgery. A few cities and wards, not including Osaka, have begun recognizing same-sex partnerships. There are a few LGBTQ groups in Osaka to which students may have access.

All housing provides small kitchens or kitchenettes with refrigerators. Food conforming to specific diets—such as Halal, Kosher, vegetarian, gluten-free—is sometimes available in specialty stores and restaurants. These specialty stores and restaurants are generally not close to campus, and tend to have higher price points than typical grocery stores and restaurants.

There are many health facilities available to students. Service is typically conducted in Japanese, with limited English. Mental health resources are limited and generally only available in Japanese. Some medications found in the United States are legally restricted in Japan. Legally restricted means two things: 1) those medications are not obtainable in Japan, and 2) students are not permitted to bring or mail those medications into Japan.

Students have free use of a campus gym. Running paths and routes are plentiful. Campus tennis courts and basketball courts are open to students but generally crowded.

There is no official religion in Japan. Shinto, Buddhism, Christianity, Baha’i, Judaism, Islam and others are practiced. The Japanese Constitution guarantees freedom of religion for all. There are local Christian places of worship, as well as many temples and shrines. There are a few Muslim and Jewish places of worship, but those may require commuting outside of Osaka.

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