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Field of Study: Humanities

The program offers you both intensive study of the Japanese language as well as immersion in Japanese society, culture, traditions, and life within a vibrant community. While you may have time for visiting sites around the Kansai region, you'll concentrate on developing beginning Japanese language skills in this eight-week program.

Unique study opportunities

  • Get paired with a native Japanese conversation partner to receive feedback and language practice.
  • Regardless of your language proficiency, you'll benefit from the topic-based instructional style focused on narratives.


Language of Instruction: Japanese

Language Study: Japanese

The program is intensive Japanese language study only. The Japanese language course has two four-week sessions. Although designed to cover the first year of Japanese study at UC, the program allows you to progress at different rates than your classmates and test into various levels upon return, ranging from second semester or third quarter to second year at UC. ​

The Japanese language course will be divided into two four-week sessions and will have grades reported as two sequential courses (Japanese 10 AS and 10 BS). Students must receive​ a passing grade in Japanese 10 AS in order to be allowed to stay in Osaka and progress to the second Japanese course 10 BS.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two courses for a total of 12 quarter/8 semester UC units.
  • You must take the courses for a letter grade.
  • You must pass the first half of the program in order to study in the second half of the summer term.

Current Program Courses

You will take the following courses on this program:

  • Japanese 10 AS: 6 quarter/4 semester UC units during the first four weeks of the program
  • Japanese 10 BS: 6 quarter/4 semester UC units during the second four weeks of the program

Catalogs and resources

  • Osaka University J-ShIP: The Japanese Short stay In session Program includes course overview, sample schedule, and various materials and general information.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

This program uses a topic-based instructional approach to learning Japanese. You and your classmates will split  into teams and take on a particular topic, such as your family background, daily life, what you did on the weekend, what you want to accomplish in Japan, and your favorite foods, drinks, music, or sports. The textbook provides sample narratives in which each person talks on the topic of the unit. You will study the narratives and then create your own version. This instructional approach caters to different levels of Japanese proficiency as well as different rates of progress.​ You may find the courses and grading more rigorous than at UC. Use the study center as a resource for instructor interaction, student behavior, and tutoring assistance.   ​


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework.

Grading is typically conducted by detracting points for errors, rather than rewarding points for correct work. Instructors may lower grades due to excessive absences, tardiness, missing assignments, and lack of communication.

Grades are reported as two sequential courses—Japanese 10 AS and 10 BS. Grades for this program are expected in mid- to late September.