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The colourful neon billboards illuminating the restaurants, bars and nightlife of Dotonbori, reflecting in the canal in the heart of Osaka, Japan

Program at a Glance

Osaka University

Country or area Japan
City Osaka
Class Level So, Jr, Sr, Gr
Experience Type Language
Minimum GPA 2.85
Term Summer
Taught In Japanese
Language Prereq yes
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About The Program

Earn up to a year of Japanese language proficiency in just eight weeks and begin understanding anime without subtitles! Classes average 15 students and feature topics such as pop culture, media, performing arts, tea culture, and genre painting. Deep language immersion is the primary feature of the program, and you'll have the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture with local Japanese students on group cultural activities and field trips. The living arrangement, in the dorms at the Japanese Language Institute, offers the best opportunity for both cultural and language immersion. Osaka is a huge city filled with the delicious smells of sizzling street food packed in paper cones. Enjoy the Sunday morning fish market at Tajiri Port on weekends, walk to the beach, and take train trips to nearby Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe.


Osaka University partners with the Japanese Language Institute established as a language training facility supporting specialized language learning for foreign service officers, public officials, and university students. The Japanese Language Institute is an extensive, self-contained training center with 18 classrooms, a cafeteria, a gym, a tennis court, and tatami rooms where tea ceremonies are hosted for students in traditional kimonos. The library is rich in research topics related to Japan, and the computer room has audiovisual teaching aids for state-of-the-art language immersion. The language institute faces the harbor with a dramatic view of Marble Beach approximately two hours from Osaka University by train.


Optional field trips and activities to introduce the local culture are available through your host university. Most events are free or discounted, but some come with an additional cost not included in UCEAP fees.

<p>Overnight trip to the famous Kansai region and Kyoto.</p>

Overnight trip to the famous Kansai region and Kyoto.

<p>Field trip to Hiroshima with stories from atomic bomb survivors</p>

Field trip to Hiroshima with stories from atomic bomb survivors

<p>Trip to the white sand beaches and hot springs of Shirahama</p>

Trip to the white sand beaches and hot springs of Shirahama