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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Japan: Osaka Gakuin

Semester: Fall, Spring, or Full Year
Offered: Annually
Estimated Dates: Fall: late August to mid-December, Spring: Late August to mid-May
Program Focus: Language Intensive
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 with a 3.0 GPA or better in the language and cumulative 3.0 GPA or better.                                                        
Housing: Apartments/Dormitories
Campus Contact:

Atsuko Kurogi
Instructor in Japanese, Japanese Section Head/Coordinator of Language Program, 503-768-7440

Satomi Newsom
Instructor of Japanese, 503-768-7388

Program Design

In cooperation with CET, Lewis & Clark College offers students a semester or full-year program on the campus of Osaka Gakuin University.  Study focuses on language immersion and developing linguistic competency.  Housing is in apartments/college dormitories with a Japanese roommate. The program provides a rigorous and intensive study of the language, and students are expected to spend a great deal of time on language study both in the classroom and outside of class.  Independent study trips to other sites in Japan, as well as excursions to cultural sites of interest in and near Osaka, enhance the students’ understanding of life in contemporary Japan.

Full Year Participation:
Students applying for a full year will need to demonstrate academic success during their first semester abroad. All students planning on a full-year of study will be asked via email during their first semester abroad to affirm their intention to continue into the next semester. Approval is contingent upon approval of the student’s advisor and the Overseas Office. 


Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the international studies requirement provided that at least 12 credits are successfully completed.

Fulfills the overseas study requirement for the Asian Studies major, and the overseas requirement for the World Language major (with Japanese as primary language), and the Japanese minor.

Credit earned varies based on courses completed but students may earn up to 19 credits. (Overloads are not permitted.) 


IS-245 Japanese Language Pledge and Cultural Immersion (1 credit)

Students will improve oral proficiency and cultural immersion skills on the Osaka Gakuin CET overseas program by taking a modified language pledge, and meeting with CET staff and Japanese roommates in cultural immersion activities.

Additional courses chosen at the University will include at least 8 credits of JAPN language classes. Students will also take one or two cultural classes, which are chosen from an Asian Studies curriculum in the humanities and social sciences.  These classes are usually taught completely in English. Upper-intermediate and advanced students may also take J-Bridge classes (taught in Japanese, but at a level appropriate for non-native speakers).  The level of classes will depend on results of a placement test at the beginning of the program.


Fee Breakdown:

Total Fee (includes Tuition & Program Fee): $32,334 (per semester)

Tuition: $25,287

Program Fee: $7,047*

*Included in the program fee are room/housing, board/meals, field trips, administrative fees, and supplemental health insurance. Not included are airfare, passport and visa expenses, primary insurance coverage, photographs, books, immunizations, and incidentals.

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to KIX): $800 - $2,000

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50*

*All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding Health Insurance Information & Overseas Programs.

Program Preparation

Application Process: This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to CET.  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these similar materials again. Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Travel: Students usually fly into Kansai International Airport (KIX), where they are met by CET staff and transported to their housing.

Visa: Students will be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in this program. More information will be provided upon admission to the program.

Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to Japan.

State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s Japan page.

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