Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session


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Located in Suita, a suburb of Osaka, and hosted at Osaka Gakuin University. Osaka is known for its cuisine, good humor, and distinct local culture, and its proximity to Kyoto, Kobe, and Nara also make for great weekend day trips. CET excels in selecting and managing helpful, peer-aged Japanese roommates, with whom you will share an apartment off campus. Roommates provide a personal view into Japanese society and a chance to exchange ideas with a local regularly outside of class. Curriculum and course materials are strongly informed by advice from Yale faculty. Term-time study can include courses instructed by OGU faculty.

A good fit for a semester or year-long Light Fellow at the intermediate level. Particularly strong on social immersion, through its roommate system and plentiful co-curricular activities around Osaka.

Category Program Description
# of students on program Varies
Avg. Class Size Small Class Size 
Dorm available? Students live in CET organized off-campus housing. 
Language buddy available? Yes, CET matches students with local roommates. 
Approved levels 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Approved terms  Summer, Fall, Spring, Academic Year 

Program Application Notes:

  • CET-Japan accepts the Light Fellowship Language Evaluation as a substitute for one letter of recommendation from a language instructor. The Light Fellowship office will send the evaluation directly to CET - you do not need to fill out the "faculty recommendation" section of the application. 
  • Students interested in CET-Japan are encouraged to apply before the priority deadline (January 15) in order to have the best chance of being admitted, as there is a chance that the program fills up before the regular deadline.
  • Study Abroad Office Recommendation: Please enter Kripa Bhagat ( as your study abroad advisor to complete this part of the application.

Light Fellowship Requirements:

  • In addition to intensive language class, term-time students must select electives that total at least 3 or more CET credits (this might be one, 3-credit elective or two or more electives, etc.). Fellows are encouraged to select electives taught in Japanese.

CET Staff will be holding an on-campus information session on Tuesday, October 4th, 2023 from 3:15pm - 4:15pm at 55 Whitney Ave. 3rd Fl. Rm. 305. 

Looking to speak to a returnee? Find fellowship alumni who participated in the CET-Japan program here.