Whether you’ve been long dedicated to Japanese language or just curious about Japan, a gap program in Osaka is the perfect way to kickstart your language skills and your college career. With an intensive curriculum, a limited language pledge, and a local roommate that brings language practice into your home life, it won’t be long before speaking Japanese feels like second nature.
Coursework & Syllabi
You take one comprehensive Japanese language course for 12 credits. You may also add a direct-enroll elective for an additional 3 credits.
Fall or Spring Semester
You are placed into one of these 12-credit courses. Each level includes its own Japanese in Daily Life segment and a Language Project.
You may select 1 direct-enroll elective at Osaka Gakuin University to add to your language studies. 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
You’ll fly through your textbook alongside a small class of gap students and college undergraduates, uphold a limited language pledge, and participate in plenty of language activities that get you out the door—get ready to learn you’ve skipped a level when you head to college. Sound challenging? It is, but you’ll have the support of faculty and staff, your local roommate, CET peers, and even one-on-one hours to turn your language weaknesses into strengths.
A gap term in Osaka means committing to Japanese both in and out of the classroom. The Japanese in Daily Life class segment teaches you the language you need to thrive in your new day-to-day. Classes take you off-campus to chat with locals and hear how Japanese is spoken colloquially. And your final Language Project has you showing off your newly minted language skills to a supportive group of peers, teachers, and community members. No matter which lesson you’re on, your classes emphasize real-world learning.
Community in the Curriculum
Get to know your classmates during a traditional tea ceremony or calligraphy workshop. In the fall, embrace the campus community. Sell pancakes at the campus festival, check out the gym, or stroll around the beautiful grounds. In the spring, get out into the local community. Bond with a Japanese family during a weekend homestay or visit a local elementary school. And for the best of both worlds, consider an academic year in Osaka. Not only does your curriculum teach you Japanese, it provides even more opportunities to connect with Japan.
Your Osaka home is different from apartments in the US—spaces are smaller and there may not be a common room—but it has everything you need. Your neighborhood is cozy and residential and boasts a 30-minute commute at most (impressively short by Japanese standards!). Residences have varying layouts, but you always have peers and Japanese roommates around to cook dinner with or quiz you on Japanese vocabulary before your next quiz.
Want to learn the train route to the longest shopping arcade in Osaka? The kaiten-zushi (conveyor belt sushi) with the best bang for your buck? The karaoke spot with the best song selection? The most scenic bike paths near campus? Sharing space with a local student from Osaka Gakuin University brings language practice into your home life and gives you instant insider’s access to the city, language, and culture.
Eating in Osaka
For meals, take your pick of the city’s many cheap eateries, try out the campus cafeteria, or cook with your roommate at home. Grocery shopping is a great way to learn about your local community—local vendors have sustained the neighborhoods for decades. Don’t like to cook? Don’t worry. Japanese grocery stores and konbini (convenience stores) carry a wide variety of ready-to-eat foods.
Assistant Resident Director
EXTRA Support FOR GAP
With the sudden dive into intensive college-level courses, a brand new environment, and a foreign language and culture, we make sure that our gap students get a little extra support. You’ll have weekly meetings in English with the Resident Director and other gap students to unpack your experiences. Overwhelmed by culture shock? Need ideas for how to bond with your roommate? Or maybe you just want to share the details on your favorite new breakfast spot. These weekly meetings provide a safe space for gap students to discuss and reflect, though all students are always welcome to approach staff with any issues.
Walk through the Pokemon Center with your roommate and see who can name more characters. Experience omotenashi, the Japanese art of hospitality. Shop for quirky souvenirs—matcha Kit-Kats, anyone? 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.
Activities & Excursions
Each term, the program offers different 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 spend the afternoon relaxing at Banpaku park.
A Weekend Away
Enjoy worry-free travel with CET-hosted trips that take you out of Osaka. Spend the weekend somewhere that would be hard for you to get to on your own. Join your roommates on an overnight trip to Mie—visit a re-created ninja village, spend the night in a minshuku (Japanese-style housing), marvel at the sacred Wedded Rocks. Or head to In Kagawa—make pottery, stay at the first school for non-samurai children, and take in the peace and beauty of a Japanese garden.
Spring/Fall 2021: TBA
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
We arrange for you to live in an apartment or sharehouse with other CET students and local roommates. Your program fees go toward rent, 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 that 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.
To be eligible for a Gap at CET program, you:
- Must be 18 or order at the time of program participation
- Should have a high school diploma but are not yet enrolled at a college or university degree program
- Are recommended to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are 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.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous teachers.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
A phone interview is a required step of the application process. You will be contacted soon after the completion of your application.
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.