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Osaka, Japan


Program Details

This study abroad program - Osaka, Japan - is designed for those who already have some practical communication skills in Japanese. This program focuses on nurturing participants' interpersonal communication skills in Japanese in addition to understanding Japanese culture & society.

One of the best ways to acquire another language is to immerse yourself in a context where the target language is spoken after you have acquired basic knowledge of the target language.

By staying as guests at Shitennoji University (aka IBU) in Osaka for three weeks, the participants will have plenty of opportunities to communicate with IBU students, faculty, staff and people in the local community in Japanese. They will have a formal Japanese lesson daily and various cultural activities at IBU. In addition to learning Japanese and cultural activities at IBU, excursions to downtown Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto are also included.

All students will be enrolled in JPN 2900: Japanese Conversation and Culture in Practice (3 credit hours) over Spring Semester.

Important Dates

Trip Date Semester Application Deadline

May 12th-June 1st
Dates will vary depending on flight itineraries

Spring December 8th

Program Costs

Item Cost Due Date


$500 Due with Application

1st Half Program Cost

$1,900 Feb. 2nd

2nd Half Program Cost

$1,900 Mar. 2nd


$4,300 Mar. 2nd



In order to be eligible for this program, all participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a valid passport
  • Show proof of ability to travel outside of the United States
  • Complete application packet
  • Provide proof of health insurance

In addition, all participants must fulfill one of the following requirements:

  • Have already finished JPN 2020 successfully at SLCC or an equivalent course (i.e., fourth semester Japanese OR sixth quarter Japanese) at another institution of higher education.
  • Have proficiency equivalent to completion of JPN 2020 at SLCC. Proof of proficiency is required.

Participants are required to attend all pre-departure orientation sessions/classes as well as all scheduled educational and cultural learning activities. In addition, students must complete all course requirements as assigned by the program leader.



All students will be enrolled in the following course Spring semester: JPN 2900: Japanese Conversation and Culture in Practice (3 credit hours) with Professor Takashi Ebira.

Faculty Contact

Takashi Ebira, Associate Professor, Japanese
801-957-5101; AAB 237U



If you need to withdraw from a Study Abroad program you may be refunded depending on how far in advance you are withdrawing. There are costs associated with each trip. Some of these costs are non-refundable. Advanced payments on each student's behalf may not be reimbursed if a student withdraws or is unable to participate. Students are responsible for all non-refundable advanced payments. If a student is unable to participate for any reason, SLCC reserves the right to determine the amount of refund, if any.



Please Note: All program excursions require an extensive amount of walking including stairs, hills and rough terrain.

If you have difficulties with mobility or have other accessibility needs, please contact Accessibility and Disability Services to see if reasonable accommodations are available.