Study Abroad Program Overview
Gain up to a year of beginning Japanese language in this intensive summer language program at Osaka University. Enjoy practicing language daily through courses on campus, life in the Osaka community and travel throughout the greater Kansai region. Japanese student "buddies" provide support and language assistance outside the classroom.
Set on the attractive Minoh campus
of the multi-campus Osaka University, the program is for students with little or no prior study of Japanese language but is suitable for those with up to one semester or two quarters of prior language study. Successful completion of this program prepares students for continued study of Japanese at home or abroad at an intermediate level.
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
The program is intensive Japanese language study only. Although designed to cover the first year of Japanese study at UC, students progress at different rates and may 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.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-June to mid-August
"This was a life changing experience; as a result I have completely changed my future career path. It has been one of the best experiences of my life and I plan on doing it again. I highly recommend studying abroad to everyone!"
--UCEAP Osaka Beg. Language Participant 2016
You will be housed off campus near the Osaka Minoh campus where classes take place. A homestay option is also available for this program. More information on housing
Cultural activities and excursions are offered throughout the summer. Overnight excursions are arranged to explore outside of Osaka and experience a different side of Japan. Students have visited Hiroshima and the Miyajima Shrine, as well as weekend picnics in the park and a local music festival. In addition, every student is matched with a conversation partner.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Japan and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
The University of California Tokyo Study Center provides an enriching, educational, and safe experience for UCEAP students who study at nine Japanese host Universities.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
This program (J-ShIP) was designed for serious students ready to begin the intensive study of Japanese language, with the added benefit of exposure to Japanese society and culture, traditions and life within a vibrant community.
This is an intensive immersion-style language
program. The 8-week summer term is divided into two courses; UC students must successfully pass the first half of the program in order to remain and study in the second half of the summer term. While you may have time for visiting different historical spots around Kansai region, the primary purpose of
this program is providing students with beginning Japanese language skills.
This program uses a topic-based instructional approach, rather
than a conventional structural approach. Students are divided into units and
are assigned a particular topic, such as your family background; favorite foods, drinks,
music, sports; daily life; what you did on the weekend; what you want to
accomplish in Japan; and more. The textbook provides sample narratives in
which each person talks on the topic of the unit. Students are expected
to study and understand the narratives and create their own versions appropriating different wording as needed about the topic. Language structure is taught systematically along with the progression of the course topics.
Studying Japanese in this way benefits both complete beginners and students
with some knowledge of Japanese who may progress at somewhat different rates.
Use the following resources to learn more:
"The opportunity to interact with students from various campuses, and the ability to experience a new culture and to immerse myself in Japanese language was a real blessing of this program."
- UCEAP Osaka Beg. Language Participant 2016
12 quarter/8 semester UC units required; 2 courses of 6 UC quarter units each; letter grade required
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships and independent study for academic credit are not possible in this program.
Osaka University is one of Japan’s top-ranked national universities and a leading research university. Its progressive academic tradition is evident in pioneering work in many fields. It has been one of the leading centers in the adoption of American-style project-based learning (PBL) programs.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at Osaka University
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for Japan
Need-based funding up to $3,000 for summer, $5,000 for single term, and $7,000 for academic year. Find out more.
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards 100 scholarships annually to US undergraduate students for study in Japan. The scholarships provide $2,500 for one semester or $4,000 for the academic year to cover travel and living expenses. In 2017, two UC students were awarded. Applications are due in April for fall/year programs and October for spring programs. Requirements include an application, transcript, short essay, and letter of recommendation. Find out more
The U.S.-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship
Awards financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program. The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice. The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications. Find out more.
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships
JASSO offers scholarships for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, junior college or college of technology. Find out more
Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan
Morgan Stanley Japan offers two $7,500 scholarships to US students with an interest in policy, economics, or international finance who will study abroad in Japan. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. Applications are due in April. Find out more
American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW)
AAJUW was founded in 1970 to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to the better U.S.-Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership. AAJUW's scholarship
award $2,000 and the deadline is in October.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters and maximum 2 quarters / 1 semester.
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: A UC minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85 is required.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Osaka University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: