LANGUAGE AND CULTURE STUDIES IN OSAKA Spring, Summer, Fall 2014
After spending a summer at CET Japan, I was able to skip 4th level Japanese entirely, meaning that I could graduate on time and take 5th level Japanese as a senior. â€” Nancy Fenskie, Ohio State University, Osaka Summer 2012
A Day in the Life
in Osaka Stop by the neighborhood combini (convenience store) for a bakery breakfast. Head to campus by way of an old neighborhood with a Shōwa-era feel. Attend your language class. Learn how to ask for directions in Japanese. At the end of class, the teacher takes students to the train station to practice reading signs and maps. Visit the campus cafeteria for lunch. Today’s selections: curry rice or grilled ﬁsh with miso soup. Finish up afternoon elective course readings while sitting on a bench at one of the campus gardens. Attend your elective: Japanese Society & Culture. Head to the Umeda district after class. Grab a snack of takoyaki (octopus balls) on the street and browse used-manga stores. Return to your apartment for some study time before dinner. Make a dinner of donbori (rice and vegetables) with your Japanese roommate. Study vocabulary words in your apartment common room. Try out new phrases with your Japanese roommate. Settle in for an evening of Japanese TV. Your choices: a gameshow hosted by the Downtown comedy team, or the latest anime feature.
Getting to Know
LANGUAGE CLASS EXERCISES To practice language skills outside the classroom, students might be asked to interview shopkeepers, mail a package at the post oﬃce or inquire about medication at the pharmacy.
EXCURSIONS OUTSIDE OSAKA To take a breather from the bustle of the city, students and their roommates might hike a bamboo grove, take a ferry over inland seas or practice Zen meditation at a mountain temple.
ENGAGEMENT WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY Students might tour the Osaka recycling center to learn ﬁrsthand how recycling operates in the region, or visit the Osaka Gakuin University campus lounge for a round table discussion about everything from Japanese movies to international politics.
ACCESS TO OTHER CITY CENTERS Japan’s ultra-eﬃcient train system means the door is open for students and their roommates to explore other city centers. Historic Kyoto, Kobe and Nara are all less than an hour away.
CITY WITH OPEN DOORS: CET Japan students tell us that they love Osaka for its accessibility—fewer foreigners, countless resources and a comfortable pace. And students reside in apartments near campus, so it’s easy to open the door and start practicing Japanese.
Living with a
CET Japan students share apartments with local roommates—Osaka Gakuin University students selected by CET to participate in the program. Part friends, part cultural mentors, roommates
provide instant insider’s access to the local community. Looking for the best cheap eats? Need help getting tickets to a Hanshin Tigers baseball game? Your roommate is there to help.
I live in a house with two other American girls and three Japanese girls, and it has been ideal. Our home is spacious, well-furnished, and reasonably close to campus. However what really makes the experience, in my opinion is how we bond over shared space and especially food. We frequently will cook meals for each other and eat together, and more nights than not you will ﬁnd us sitting around our dining room table, gossiping, snacking, studying, listening to music, or any combination of the above. — Katie Courchaine, Lewis & Clark College, Osaka Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
Academics in the spring or fall semester
BEGINNING THROUGH ADVANCED LEVELS. 180 HOURS. 11 CREDITS.
PART 1: JAPANESE IN DAILY LIFE In the ﬁrst week of the program, students refresh Japanese skills and learn skills for daily life. They shop at a supermarket, renew library books, and ﬁnd their stop on a train map.
PART 2: INTENSIVE JAPANESE The pace is fast and the class ﬂies through an entire textbook. Many assignments ask students to interact with locals outside the classroom.
PART 3: LANGUAGE PROJECT Each level completes an interview-based, outof-classroom project. At the end of the semester, students present their projects to an audience of faculty, peers and community members.
TWO TO THREE ELECTIVES
AT OSAKA GAKUIN UNIVERSITY. TAUGHT IN ENGLISH OR JAPANESE. HOURS VARY. 1 TO 3 CREDITS EACH. SAMPLE COURSES Japanese Business Japanese & the Media
Japanese History through Film
Japanese Performing Arts
ONE SEMESTER = ONE YEAR OF JAPANESE Thanks to the program’s intensive curriculum, limited Japanese language pledge, and apartments shared with Japanese roommates, alumni report that they typically jump ahead at least a full year of Japanese after a semester with CET. cetacademicprograms.com
Skip a whole year of Japanese language after you return home. The intensive summer program is entirely focused on Japanese language learning and welcomes students with at least two previous semesters of undergraduate Japanese language study. Students adhere to a full-time language pledge and live with Japanese roommates.
INTERMEDIATE THROUGH ADVANCED LEVELS. 160 HOURS. 9 CREDITS.
PART 1: INTENSIVE JAPANESE The pace is fast and the class ďŹ‚ies through an entire textbook. Many assignments ask students to interact with locals outside the classroom. PART 2: LANGUAGE PROJECT Each level completes an interview-based, out-of-classroom project. At the end of the term, students present their projects to an audience of faculty, peers and community members.
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CREDIT, TRANSCRIPTS & ADMINISTRATION CET partners with Osaka Gakuin University. CET and the partner institution issue oﬃcial transcripts that list each course taken with the corresponding grade earned and hours attended. For more information about credits, transcripts, host universities, and program oversight and administration, visit the CET website: www.cetacademicprograms.com.
WHO IS CET? CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization based in Washington, DC that has been designing and administering innovative educational programs abroad since 1982. Originally “China Educational Tours,” CET began operations in Beijing, later expanding to other cities in China and then to other countries around the world. Today, CET oﬀers semester and summer study abroad programs in China, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Tunisia and Vietnam, as well as short-term, customized programs worldwide. CET is known for high academic standards, innovative approaches to teaching and careful student management. CET programs integrate students into their overseas communities and lead them to create lasting relationships with their local hosts. CET is the only US provider to house its students with local roommates in each of its locations. As an environmentally conscientious organization, CET adopts locally appropriate measures in its centers worldwide to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to sustainable practices wherever possible. Staﬀed by over 50 full-time employees in the United States and overseas, CET currently sends around 1200 US students abroad annually. PHOTO CREDITS: P3 Top: Rene Bystron, Yale University. P3 Middle: Amber Bunnell, Macalester College. P4: iStockphoto. P5 Right: Malika Watson, Vanderbilt University. All other photos courtesy of CET staﬀ.
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