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Gap at CET Japan

Osaka, Japan

You will love Osaka. After all, what’s better than a city known for great food, great humor, and great people?

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.

You can do all of this in Osaka. Want to explore even more? Hop on the train, and in under an hour, you can see beautiful Kyoto, feed the deer in Nara, or explore Chinatown in trendy Kobe.

It’s safe to say you’ll love living in Osaka.

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Local Roommates

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 prettiest bike paths? The coolest emoji? Sharing space with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to the city, language, and culture…to say nothing of the instant support network.

Local roommates are students from our host university, Osaka Gakuin University. We look for roommates who are enthusiastic about the program, interested in international life, and excited to share their culture with a new foreign friend.

Extra Support for Gap Students

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? Want to share the details on your favorite new ramen shop? Or maybe you just have a couple quick questions you’d like answered. 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.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a furnished, off-campus living space with local roommates and other CET students. Your Osaka home is authentically Japanese—small, but comfortable, and located in a cozy, residential neighborhood. You’ll also have an impressively short commute to campus—30 minutes at most! Residences have many layouts, but you’ll always have peers and Japanese roommates around to cook dinner with or quiz you on Japanese vocabulary before your next quiz.

For meals, take your pick of the city’s many cheap eateries, try out the campus cafeteria, or cook with your roommate in your shared kitchen. 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 carry a wide variety of ready-to-eat foods.

Student Voice

Want a peek at the community and student life  in Osaka? Check out this photo essay from Thuy Nguyen, a CET Japan student from Spring 2018.