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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 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


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 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.​
Summer :  
​mid-June to mid-August 









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

​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 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.

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:


12 quarter/8 semester UC units are required; 2 courses​; letter grade required

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​Opportunities for internships or independent research for academic credit are not available on this short term summer 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 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 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:
  • 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

Freeman-Asia Scholarship

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.


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 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: