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Japanese pop culture has a huge impact on youth culture around the world, from Hello Kitty to manga and anime to J-pop. Studying pop culture through an academic lens gives you a different understanding of the media, the impact, and the society behind it all. Experience living abroad and college-level courses to prepare you for what comes next.
Coursework & Syllabi
Your Global Perspectives class focuses on studying Japanese society through pop culture, while your conversational Japanese class gives you a crash course in the language you need for daily life in Osaka.
This course provides a survey of Japanese pop culture and examines Japan’s cultural influence on a global scale. The socio-historical context of Japan, including the rise of consumption and the entertainment industries, provides perspective on the global phenomena of anime and manga, video games, J-pop, fashion, and street food. You also explore how pop culture has impacted youth communities, both domestically and internationally, and how Japan has harnessed the power of these movements to become a pop culture world superpower.
- EAST 135: Japanese Pop Culture As a Global Phenomenon
3 credits | 45 hours
This course provides a basic introduction to the Japanese language and is more of a “Survival Japanese” course. It is not expected to replace any level of college-level Japanese, rather it is meant to give students a taste of the language and hopefully ignite interest in future language study. This course will stick to basics, but also include some vocabulary words that are relevant to the core course on pop culture.
- LANG 105: Beginner Conversational Japanese
1 credit | 15 hours
- LANG 205: Intermediate Conversational Japanese
1 credit | 15 hours
Dive Deep into Pop Culture
We often think of pop culture as something simplistic or surface when, in fact, it shows so much about a culture. From video games to fashion to street food, you learn about how Japan has influenced culture on a global scale. Study the origins of your favorite anime series. Discuss how globalization has influenced the spread of manga. Witness the economic impacts of cultural phenomena in Japan.
Learning Around Osaka
Your professors take you out in the city to see concepts from your pop culture class in the real world and practice Japanese. You might:
You share a furnished room and bathroom in an apartment or sharehouse with another CET student. A Group Leader or Resident Advisor lives in each house with students and facilitates regular activities. Residences have varying layouts, but you always have peers and staff around to cook a quick dinner with or run through Japanese vocabulary with you before your next quiz.
Experience Campus Life
Learning to share a space with new people and live without the comforts of home is a big adjustment. And on top of tackling college coursework, a foreign culture, and a new language…you’re in for a summer of learning. But with round-the-clock support from on-site staff and your new community abroad, you’ll go home ready to take on any challenge that comes your way.
Eating in Osaka
All meals are included in your program fee, giving you ample opportunity to explore the wide variety of Japanese cuisine with your group. Stop at a convenience store with your group and grab breakfast on your way to class. Try out the campus cafeteria for lunch. Then, learn why Osaka is called “the nation’s kitchen” when you go out to dinner with your group for takoyaki. When you’re working on your final project for class, stay in and cook a meal at home with your housemates and group leader.
Osaka offers an incredible Japanese experience. You live in a quiet residential neighborhood but have easy access to the bustling downtown. Go souvenir shopping with your group for Kit-Kats in various Japanese flavors, stickers and pens galore, and tea-flavored everything. Try out takoyaki for your first taste of octopus. Go hiking in Minoh Park with your group for some fresh air and relaxation at the waterfall.
Out and About
Participate in a tea ceremony on campus. Make your own instant ramen at the Instant Ramen Museum. Go to a manga café. Osaka offers endless opportunities to experience the many facets of Japanese culture with your group. Your Group Leaders organize activities each week that give you plenty of stories to tell your friends back home when they ask what you did this summer.
See a New City
Enjoy worry-free travel with program-sponsored travel to Tokyo. Ride the Shinkansen (bullet train) into the city. People watch in Harajuku. Spend hours in the Akihabara district, shopping in the endless anime, manga, and video game market stalls. Visit the Meiji Shrine. See the ancient Buddhist temple at Sensō-ji in Asakusa. Eat traditional foods with your group and practice your Japanese in a different city.
Summer Fees: TBA
All of your classes and course materials are included with your tuition.
All of your meals are included with your program fees. For off-campus meals, we provide you with a food stipend.
We arrange for you to live with other CET students in an apartment or sharehouse. On-site staff live in the same building for round-the-clock support.
We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue. It even includes evacuation coverage for individual medical emergencies.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
You’ll receive an official transcript from Dickinson College at the end of the program… the icing on the cake for your college applications.
For CET high school and pre-college programs, you must:
- Be between ages 15-18
- Be a rising junior or senior in high school, but not yet enrolled in a college or university degree program
Competitive applicants are motivated high school students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, admission 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.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your current or previous instructors.
Questions? Get in touch!
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.