Program Sites


In Summer 2017, the vision to launch an IUHPFL program in Japan will finally become reality in the city of Osaka, which is located in Osaka Province along Osaka Bay.  

Osaka was selected because of its unique blend of high-tech modernity and old world charm. There is a rich and ancient history throughout Japan, and evidence of settlements in the Osaka region dates back to the 5th and 6th centuries BC. The city has been a thriving economic and cultural center for more than 2,000 years and home to great Samurai warriors and their families, including General Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who initiated the construction of Osaka Castle in 1583. Today, Osaka remains a thriving cultural center and boasts a wide variety of arts and entertainment venues, theatres, restaurants, and fine retailers. 

This program is open to students who are Indiana high school juniors, seniors, and sophomores at the time of application and who will have completed Japanese Level II or higher before departure. Speaking only Japanese for the entire 5-week experience is a requirement.  Students live in a quiet suburban area outside of the downtown area with carefully selected host families. Classes are designed and led by IUHPFL Instructors and held at Osaka High School. Outside of class, program participants have opportunities to mingle with local students in a variety of clubs and activities. Excursions to famous destinations such as Kyoto, Koyasan, and Tokyo enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of Japanese history and culture.

We would not be able to present this wonderful opportunity without our partner group for this site, CET Academic Programs.

Interested in our Osaka Program? Register between September 15th and November 15th under the How to Apply tab. We also invite you to like our Osaka Facebook page for more information!