Exchange Program-Japan

Osaka Gakuin University


About Osaka Gaukin University:

Osaka Gakuin University (OGU), a co-ed private institution founded in 1940, is located in the Osaka suburb of Suita City, a 13 minute train trip from the center of Japan’s second largest city. The modern campus covers 20 acres where over 12,000 students study in masters, undergraduate and junior college degree programs. A special two-semester Japanese language program, begun in 1989, enrolls about a dozen students annually from OGU’s sister schools in Germany, France, England, Sweden and the United States, including Hawaii Pacific University.

Location: Osaka, Japan

Website: http://www.osaka-gu.ac.jp/english/ or for more information regarding exchange: click here.

Academics Available:  Classes available for Japanese language study, Japanese minor, International Studies (Asia concentration), International Relations, TESEL, other HPU majors, core course substitutions, electives.

Dates to Remember:

 

Semester

Application Due

Study Abroad Dates

Fall Semester

March 31

September 8 - December 21

Spring Semester

October 1

January 23 - May 11

* Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have attended HPU for one semester
  • Must intend to graduate from HPU
  • Must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of at least one course in Japanese with a B average, or higher.

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Student Exchange Program data sheet.
  • Schedule and attend a formal interview with Melissa Matsubara
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Select an exchange partner university that has courses which can be used for your intended HPU degree.
  • Fill out the exchange university’s admissions application
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university’s application requirements)
  • Passport photos (Amount and size depend upon each university)

Health Insurance: Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students. You may check with your current provider to see if they cover a study abroad, or you may choose an additional provider to cover you while overseas. Please consult our Health Insurance page found in our Resources section for more information.

Housing Accommodations:  Exchange students live with host families arranged by OGU. Generally, students have an opportunity to live with two different host families during the 10 month program. The host family fee is ¥500,000 (for 10 months), payable in ¥50,000 monthly installments to the OGU International Center. OGU also provides a transportation stipend for local commuting.

Currency:  The current exchange rate can be calculated online at http://finance.yahoo.com/currency

Visa Information: Student exchange participants apply for a student visa through the Consulate General of Japan, 1742 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI (phone: 543-3111). Website: http://www.honolulu.us.emb-japan.go.jp/  and http://travel.state.gov

U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and online at http://travel.state.gov

Additional information about living in Japan: http://www.thejapanfaq.com

Scholarship information for U.S. citizens: external scholarship funding is available to qualified applicants through

1. the Freeman-Asia grant:
http://www.iie.org/programs/freeman-asia

2. the Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project Clearinghouse: http://www.aatj.org/atj/studyabroad/scholarships.html

3. the Gilman International Scholarship also is available:
http://www.iie.org/gilman

Recent Participants:  

2004-05: William Brian Clayton, U.S.

2004-05: Leila Vongey, Tahiti

2003-04: Michael Blodgett, U.S.

  




Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students. You may check with your current provider to see if they cover a study abroad, or you may choose an additional provider to cover you while overseas. Please consult our Health Insurance page found in our Resources section for more information.
Melissa Matsubara
Director, International Exchange and Study Abroad
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Tel: 1-808-544-0288, Fax: 1-808-544-9355
www.hpu.edu/studyabroad
Skype: melissa.matsubara