|Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Program Sponsor:||CET Academic Programs|
|Restrictions:||F&M applicants only|
|Language of Instruction:||English, Japanese||Minimum GPA:||3.0|
|Housing Options:||Apartment||Term:||Fall, Spring, Summer|
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|CET||Program Advisor:||Claire Retterer|
|Program Type:||Study Center|
Small Program, Big City
You’ll have the best of both worlds—a fully staffed program with few students on a cozy campus, and a bustling metropolis only a 15-minute train ride away. Get the individual attention you need during your language classes, and then enjoy all there is to do outside of class. Shinto shrines, public baths, a jazz festival in Ryokuchi Park, great shopping and regional delicacies…what do you most look forward to doing in Osaka?
Total Japanese Immersion
You’ll take intensive language classes, live with a local roommate, and even uphold a limited language pledge. Every day you’ll be out in the community practicing what you’ve learned. Talk to locals about their thoughts on human rights or robot technology. Try your hand at preparing traditional cuisine in a cooking activity alongside locals. The result? You’ll study a year’s worth of Japanese in each semester.
Living with local roommates is about more than just sharing a house. The roommates—recruited from our host university and eager to introduce you to the best of Osaka—can show you where to get the best noodles, how to decipher a train map, and where to find the bookstore with the widest selection of manga. Choose how to stock your shared kitchen. Explore the temples of Kyoto together. Or join a roommate on a weekend trip to their hometown.
Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours. If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive (this includes summer study).
Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA.
Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the College. If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.
Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, homestays, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.
Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.
Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study. This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants. In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses. Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.
Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information.