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Program Overview

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 the basic knowledge of the target language. By staying as guests at Shitennoji Univeristy (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.


In order to be eligible for this trip, 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 they can travel outside of the United States
  • Complete application packet
  • Provide proof of 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.
  • Please Note: JPN 2900 will not be offered Spring 2022 at SLCC.

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.

Trip Date

May 5 – May 28, 2022 (TENTATIVE) – Dates will vary depending on flight itineraries.


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

Program Cost - $3,500

Program costs include round trip airfare from Salt Lake City to Osaka, in country transportation, all lodging, program-related excursions and entrance fees as well as a farewell dinner! It does not include tuition fees, passport or visa fees, baggage fees, souvenirs, or non-program related travel, etc.

Item Amount Date Due
Deposit $500 Due at application
Half Payment $1,500 February 4, 2022
Full Payment $1,500 March 7, 2022
Total: $3,500

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If you are worried about paying for this program, we have scholarships available!


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.

*The Engaged Learning Office is taking precautions regarding potential cancellations due to COVID-19. Please contact the Engaged Learning Office for any questions.

Program Deadlines

  • Application and Deposit – December 17, 2021
  • Half Program Cost Due – February 4, 2022
  • Passport Deadline – February 4, 2022
  • Total Program Cost Due – March 7, 2022
  • Health Insurance Deadline – April 2, 2022

Students will be charged a $25 late fee if payments, passports or health insurance information is submitted after the listed due dates.

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