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
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:
* Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring.
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:
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:
2004-05: William Brian Clayton, U.S.
2004-05: Leila Vongey, Tahiti
2003-04: Michael Blodgett, U.S.
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