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Beginning Japanese, Osaka Univ.

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 immersion on campus, in the Osaka community and greater Kansai region. Japanese "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. 
This program prepares students for continued study of Japanese at home or abroad at an intermediate level.
View the UCEAP student created 2014 video on YouTube: J-SHIP in a Minute.
Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

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. ​


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.​
Summer :  
​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

Extracurricular Activities

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.

On-site Support

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.

Course Opportunities

​​This program (J-ShIP) was designed by Osaka University and UCEAP for serious students ready to begin the intensive study of Japanese language, with the added benefit of learning about Japanese culture, traditions and life within a local community.
The first half of the program provides a solid foundation of Japanese which builds​ skills and abilities in performing different activities in Japanese. The second half of the program develops proficiency in grammar, vocabulary, and writing in Japanese. 
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; the variable unit option is not available. Letter grade required.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​Internships and independent study for academic credit are not possible in this program.

Osaka University

Osaka University 
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.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* 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 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 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 the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • 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
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.​


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

There are dedicated scholarships for students studying in Japan.  See the information below and refer to this article: Top 10 Study Abroad Scholarships for Japan

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 2015, three 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.

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 September.


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:

- 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.

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: