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Beginning Japanese, Osaka Univ.

This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.

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Academic Information
Program Overview
The program is called Japanese Short-stay In-session Program (J-SHiP) by Osaka University.
This eight-week intensive beginning Japanese language summer program is for students with up to two quarters/one semester of Japanese language. It intends to provide the first year of Japanese language study; however, students progress at different rates and may test into various levels upon return to UC.
You will spend approximately 15 hours per week in lectures, oral practice, and tests, focusing on Japanese conversation, listening, reading, and writing. Classes meet Monday through Friday for two or three 90-minute sessions per day.  Class times will vary. Maximum class size is 15 students.
You may also participate in excursions and non-credit courses in Japanese culture.
The J-ShIP syllabus is subject to change, but provides a general idea of the topics.


  • One course on beginning Japanese language for 12.0 UC quarter/8 UC semester units
  • Course must be taken for full unit value (the variable unit option is not available)
  • Letter grade only (the pass/no pass option is not permitted)
Academic Culture
Course Information
Discuss questions related to grades or other classroom matters and appropriate plans for handling them with the UCEAP Study Center. It is not the Japanese custom for instructors to give detailed comments on written work and final papers, and exams are not usually returned; the grade itself is generally considered appropriate and adequate feedback. You may inquire about your progress in a class, but do not discuss grades with your professors unless invited to do so; otherwise, it may appear that you are trying to negotiate your grade, which is frowned upon.
Beware of rumors about lenient grading at Japanese institutions. Some universities are similar to UC in their standards and grading system. Language courses in particular can be more demanding than at UC and the grading is often rigorous. In many cases, poor grades are the result of excessive absences, tardiness, missing assignments, and lack of communication between UC students and instructors. Grading is typically conducted by detracting points for errors, rather than rewarding points for correct work. If you experience difficulties with your language courses, inquire with the Study Center for tutoring assistance. Also beware of being influenced by the rigor—or lack thereof—with which Japanese students appear to be engaged in their studies. In contrast to UC students, Japanese students often place less emphasis on letter grades and more on merely passing their courses.
Grades for this program are expected in mid to late September.
For more information about grades see the Academic Information chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.
Extending UCEAP Participation
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Housing & Meals
Osaka University Summer Housing
When you apply to Osaka University, you can request housing in your application. Summer housing is in fully-furnished private apartments arranged by Osaka University near the Minoh Campus where classes are held. Each modern, studio type room is air-conditioned and comes with a bed, small kitchenette, and private bathroom.

At a Glance

  • All rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet service. The fee is included in the monthly rent.
  • Utilities are included in the rent.
  • You will pay a deposit when you move in, which will be reimbursed when you move out.
  • Linens are provided.
  • Meals are not provided; all rooms are equipped with a small kitchenette.
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