Osaka University

Founded in 1931 as Osaka Imperial University, Osaka University, or “Handai” (阪大), is the sixth oldest university in Japan. After merging with Osaka University of Foreign Studies in 2007, the university has continued on to develop as one of Japan’s leading comprehensive research universities. Osaka university currently has 11 academic faculties, as well as 16 graduate schools, 6 research institutes, 4 libraries, 2 hospitals, and more than 30 educational research institutes. It has an enrollment of over 24,400 students and around 6,600 staff members. The University is also one of the largest universities in Japan and has three campuses: Suita, Toyonaka, and Minoh.

Osaka University Minoh Campus West Entrance Source:

Center for Japanese Language and Culture (CJLC)

Located on the Minoh campus, the Center for Japanese Language and Culture (CJLC) has more than 60 years worth of experience in the field of Japanese language and culture. In April 2011, the CJLC was certified as a “Cooperative Joint-use Center for Japanese Language and Culture Education” and in April 2016, this certificate was renewed for the second 5-year term based the center’s achievements in the previous term.

The CJLC’s “Joint-use Center” aims to “cope with the changes in global education and domestic needs” and designs programs which not only focus on increasing the proficiency of the Japanese language ability of students but also provides opportunities to students to connect with the Japanese society and culture.

Osaka University Japanese  language program

The Center has three main Japanese Language Programs:

1. Japanese Studies Program [J]

The Japanese Studies Program ([J] Program) is intended for Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) scholars specializing in Japanese Studies at the undergraduate level. The program aims to improve students’ skills and proficiency in Japanese, develop the knowledge required for students’ research in various fields of Japanese Studies, as well as help students gain extensive knowledge of Japanese language and culture.

The program consists of the Practical Japanese Course and the Research Course which is further subdivided into the Japanese Language Research Sub-course and the Japanese Cultural Studies Sub-course.

Minoh Campus at Osaka University
Osaka University Minoh Campus Source:

The [J] program also offers various extracurricular activities designed to deepen students’ understanding of Japanese language, culture, and society through a wide range of experiences in real Japanese society such as by going on study trips.

Click here to see the course descriptions of the program for the 2018 Spring and Summer Terms and click here if you would like to find out more about the various kinds of activities that students engage in as part of the [J] Program.

Students at Osaka University
Osaka University Japanese Studies Program Study Trip 2018 to Fukui Prefecture Source:

2. Maple Program [M]

The Maple Program is one of the Short-term student exchange programs at Osaka University, promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO). Designed to improve students’ Japanese language skills towards their respective academic goals and enhance their knowledge of Japanese culture and society, the program also aims to develop proficient individuals with in-depth understanding of Japan from various perspectives. 

Click here to find out more about the program and click here if you would like to read up about the various kinds of activities that students engage in as part of the [M] Program!

Students at Osaka University enrolled in Japanese program
Osaka university [M] Program study tour to Tokushima Prefecture 2018 Source:

3. Undergraduate Students Program [U]

The Undergraduate Students Program ([U] Program) is a preparatory program for international students studying in Japanese universities on the MEXT scholarship. Designed to develop the knowledge and skills in the Japanese language required for academic activities in universities, students are classified into the Humanities or the Social Sciences and Natural Sciences Courses according to their fields of study. In fact, the successful completion of this program is a prerequisite for MEXT scholars’ admission to their universities in Japan. Classes start from the elementary level, intermediate level, to advanced level so there is no need to worry about your Japanese language proficiency. 

Japanese class at Osaka University

Osaka University [U] Program students on a study tour which was held as a part of the Japanese History Class   Source:

Click here for more details on the program and click here to find out about the various kinds of activities that students engage in as part of the [U] Program!