CET Japan

Small Program, Big City

You’ll have the best of both worlds—a fully staffed program with few students on a cozy campus, and a bustling metropolis only a 15-minute train ride away. Get the individual attention you need during your language classes, and then enjoy all there is to do outside of class. Shinto shrines, public baths, a jazz festival in Ryokuchi Park, great shopping and regional delicacies…what do you most look forward to doing in Osaka?

Total Japanese Immersion

You’ll take intensive language classes, live with a local roommate, and uphold a full-time language pledge, too. Every day, you’ll be out in the community, practicing what you’ve learned. Try your hand at preparing an Osaka specialty like okonomiyaki (savory pancakes).  Interview a local shopkeeper, and present your findings to the community at the poster fair. The result? You’ll study a year’s worth of Japanese in one very productive summer.

Local Roommates

Living with a local roommate is about more than just sharing a room. Local roommates—recruited from our host university and eager to introduce you to the best of Osaka—can show you where to get the best noodles, how to decipher a train map, and where to find the bookstore with the widest selection of manga. Choose how to stock your shared kitchen. Explore the temples of Kyoto together. Or join your roommate on a weekend trip home.

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arrival date
departure date
program length
recommended credits
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Summer 06/11/2019 08/10/2019 9 Weeks 9 $9,190
What’s Included
2 Semesters of Japanese March 1
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Living in Osaka

Take a study break and try new snacks from your neighborhood combini (convenience store). Spend a Sunday hiking Minoh Waterfall.  Strike up a conversation with the owner of your favorite ramen shop. Get a group together for a night of karaoke. You will love Osaka. The best part? People are friendly, kind, and more than happy to let you practice your Japanese.

Osaka Gakuin University

The program is based at Osaka Gakuin University. OGU is near two train lines, and only 15 minutes away from Osaka’s downtown. You’ll have access to OGU’s great library, sports facilities, and beautiful campus.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a furnished, off-campus living space in a residential neighborhood with local roommates. Apartments are small, but comfortable, and there is almost always one roommate for every one student. For meals, prepare something at home or take your pick of the city’s many cheap eateries.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Are you a CET student from Summer 2018 or prior? Your syllabi can be found here.

Practice in the city and make huge strides in Japanese.

An intensive language program like this is all about lessons that challenge you and assignments that get you out the door and practicing. Taking a trip? Ask someone how to navigate the train system in Japanese.  Did you spot the neighborhood pharmacy? Now ask for the medicine you need. It’s about actively working Japanese practice into your free time—learn to make washi (paper) crafts or Japanese sweets,  and trying out nihon-buyo (a form of traditional Japanese dance). It’s about picking up some Osaka-ben (dialect) from your local roommate. It’s about a 24/7 Japanese language pledge. This program pulls it all together.

Sound intense? It is, but you’ll complete one year of Japanese in just 8 weeks. And when Japanese rolls off your tongue after weeks of struggling with the language pledge or you stay up late talking about your hometown with your roommate entirely in Japanese, you’ll know all of the hard work is well worth it.

Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $6,690 goes to tuition & fees, and $2,500 goes to housing and other related costs.


$9,190/ Term

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,800 for airfare and $700 for meals. Students typically spend about $700 on personal expenses, too.

What's Included

Activities & Excursions

We arrange activities and a day trip outside the city, and these are covered by your tuition. Explore a mountain temple or relax in a hot spring…it’s on us.

Housing with a Local Roommate

We arrange for you to live in an apartment with a local roommate. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs.

Course Materials & Transcripts

Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Osaka. You’ll also receive an official transcript at the end of the term.

Medical Insurance

You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan that includes medical evacuation coverage.

Staff Support

From pre-departure to orientation, from on-site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.

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Application Requirements

CET’s admissions requirements include an online application form, a transcript, a foreign language writing sample, and one letter of recommendation. Our programs are designed for undergraduates who maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. However, admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply. CET programs are open to students from any US college or university.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from Japan, meals, items & services of a personal nature, and medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided. A Japanese visa is not necessary to attend the summer term, so visa service is also not included.

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. This right includes, but is not limited to, surcharging students for additional costs incurred due to under-enrollment in any given course.