Otemon Gakuin University

Otemon Gakuin University is a private university at Ibaraki, green hillside of northern Osaka founded in 1966. Each department and faculty offers curricula that lead students into their respective fields of specialisation through the acquisition of basic knowledge, and conducts small-group seminars with an ideal instructor/student ratio.

In addition to the academic offereings, students are offered  a wide range of practical workshops, volunteer activities and internships to participate in.

Because the University is located midway between Osaka and Kyoto, students can readily enjoy outings to metropolitan Osaka for shopping or historical Kyoto for visits to ancient shrines and temples.


Campus facilities


The University Library holds a collection of some 450,000 volumes. The library reading rooms are furnished with computers allowing users easy access to internet and audio visual equipment. The Teru Miyamoto Museum is housed annexed to the library to honour the award-winning novelist, Teru Miyamoto, who was among the first graduates of the university. In October 2007, the Australia Library was opened on the third floor, with a collection of 15,000 references donated by the Australia-Japan Foundation.


The university takes great pride in its cafeteria. In a survey conducted by a prestigious newspaper publisher, it won the 2nd prize in the category of university refectories. The 4-story structure stands out on campus, exhibiting a touch of Southern Europe. The cafeteria offers a wide selection of dishes, presenting students a great place to chat over lunch.

Other (Gym, clubs and societies)

In addition to academic pursuits, international students are invited to join a wide array of extracurricular activities available on campus. At the Athletic Association, there are 29 accredited organizations vigorously engaged in various athletic activities ranging from commonly known ball games such as baseball and soccer to traditional forms of martial arts such as Karate and Shorinji Kempo.

The Cultural Association is comprised of three groups : Music, Arts and Academics, and there are a total of 24 accredited organisations involved in diverse cultural activities such as brass band, tea ceremony and archaeology available both on and off campus.

These activities provide great opportunities for international students to get acquainted with local students, and they make campus life more enriching and interesting.

The campus also houses a traditional Japanese teahouse, "Shorai-an", where students can nurture an association with Japan's rich time-honoured cultural heritage through authentic tea ceremony, calligraphy and flower arrangement.

The School Visit Programme plays an important role in enhancing grass-roots international exchanges in the community. Exchange students are encouraged to participate in the program. Every year, students of different nationalities form a small group and visit local kindergartens, elementary schools and junior high schools to mingle with Japanese youngsters. The program allows exchange students to acquaint themselves with the Japanese educational system while Japanese children have a chance to be exposed to customs of other countries.

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Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: End September until end December

Spring Semester: Beginning April until end July

Arrival dates and time

OGU is very strict with arrival date and time. Please ensure that you arrive only at the specific date, time and location as requested by OGU. Lateness or failure to arrive as requested could lead to your offer of admission being rejected.

Academic life

International exchange students take Japanese language courses based on individual proficiency levels in a small group setting, creating an interaction with instructors. Alongside the language program, we offer special academic content-based courses conducted in English, with strong focus on topics related to Japan.

Grading  System

Grade Scale  

Grade Description  


80.00 - 100.00  

(Very good)  


80.00 - 100.00  

(Very good)  


70.00 - 79.99  



60.00 - 69.99  

(Average, Pass)  


0.00 - 59.99  



Special Courses for Exchange Students

Japanese language (contact hours = 105 hours per semester) Exchange students will take a placement test upon the completion of orientations. Based on the result of the placement test, experienced teaching staff will carefully assess students’ language proficiency and structure curriculum to best accommodate their specific needs. All classes are conducted in a small group, creating an intimate interaction with teachers.

You must take the Japanese Language modules (compulsory) and at least three other business modules.


Passing requirements

To pass your SPA semester you must obtain a pass in the Japanese Language modules and at least two business modules

There are no options to take resit exams on SPA at Otemon Gakuin University.

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at Otemon Gakuin University.


The campus of Otemon Gakuin University lies in the suburb of Ibaraki City, Osaka. The city of Ibaraki, with a population of some 270,000, is centrally located between Japan's third largest business metropolis of Osaka and the ancient capital of Kyoto. As a commercial center in western Japan, Osaka has a number of upscale shopping districts and is also home to many global companies such as Panasonic and Sharp. Osaka continues to give rise to new forms of popular culture through its progressive and revolutionary spirit, adding new flavor to the urban life in Japan.

Kyoto has long been the heart of Japanese culture and tradition. In the city of Kyoto and its surrounding areas, a rich depth of culture and art, deeply ingrained in timeless tradition, can be truly appreciated firsthand. Its beauty takes different shapes as each of the distinctive four seasons exhibits its own charm. The geographical location, about a 30-minute train ride to Osaka and Kyoto, offers students convenient access to these world famous cities. It is anticipated that international students will greatly benefit from personal outings, field trips and other forms of research, extending their experience beyond the mere acquisition of knowledge.


As Ibaraki is a very long prefecture (over 180 km of coast line) and also has a variety of terrain (plains, mountains, etc) the temperature varies quite a lot from one end to the other. The north is mainly mountains and normally sees a bit of snow in the winter, while the south has much milder weather.

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Private student-dorm

The University has a special contract with student dorms operated by a private organisation. There are some types of dorms in the vicinity of Ibaraki. Each dorm offers a fully-furnished room with breakfast and dinner served daily except for Sundays and national holidays. For those of you who prefer to have freedom and independence, the student dorms will provide an ideal option.

Home-stay program

Over 60 host families have been registered with Otemon Gakuin University enabling them to match the specific needs of each incoming student. The immersion experience with Japanese families can be the highlight of your stay as it gives exchange students maximum exposure to the local customs in real-life settings.

 Please note that there may be certain house rules and curfews to observe. Students intending to sign up for the home-stay program are expected to respect wishes of the host families. Internet access is not available at some families.

Cost of living

Please see below some approximate costs:

  • Milk (regular), 1 liter - 2.18 €

  • Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) - 1.87 €

  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant - 9.18 €

  • Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course - 42.15 €

  • One-way Ticket (local transport) - 2.14 €

  • Monthly Pass - 138.53 €

  • Basic (Electricity, Gas, Water, Garbage) - 190.38 €

  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult - 74.28 €

  • Cinema - 18.32 €


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Students who have been nominated to study at Otemon Gakuin University will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate health insurance. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

Exchange students should be covered by appropriate health and liability insurance valid in Japan. It is required that such insurance be taken out before leaving your country of origin (private insurance) and that proof of the insurance be submitted to our office before your arrival. In addition to the private insurance, all the exchange students registered for residential status (for stay longer than 3 months) are advised to sign up for the Japan National Health Insurance after arrival. More information can be found in the OGU International Students Welcome Booklet.

Visa requirements

OGU will apply on your behalf to the Tokyo Immigration Bureau Student Division for your ‘Certificate of Eligibility’. Once you have received this certificate, you must go to the Japanese embassy to apply for your visa. Everyone has to register their details with the local government offices within 90 days of arrival. For full information about work permits, please contact the Japanese Embassy directly.


If you leave Japan and intend to return (e.g. travelling during holidays) you should apply to the immigration bureau for a Re-Entry permit before travelling overseas.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.


2-2-15 Nishiai

Contact: Ai Suzuki
Department: Center for International Studies
Phone: 00 81-72-641-9631
Fax: 00 81 72 643 5651
Email: Ai_Suzuki@office.otemon.ac.jp

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Japan
Language of tuition: Japanese
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

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