Admissions (OIS)


OIS has an enrollment of students from over twenty-five countries around the world. We accept applications for admission at any time, and each application is dealt with on an individual basis through a careful process combining submission of relevant documentation, interviews and assessment of abilities and needs. Information regarding this process is detailed in these pages, along with links to forms and required documentation. If you would like to know more, and find out if OIS can provide the best educational environment for your familiy’s needs please do not hesitate to contact our admissions office (see bottom of the page).

OIS exists primarily to serve the needs of international expatriate families who reside in the Kansai and have a clear need for an English based education. Every child is different. OIS strives to work with students with learning exceptionalities. We will evaluate needs on a case-by-case basis to ensure we can meet their needs. Admissions will be decided based on space available, language balance of the grade level in question, past student achievement and motivation, and language support at home. OIS seeks motivated students who will be able to succeed in a challenging and well rounded program.

The Academic Year & Entry Dates

The OIS academic year runs from late August to late June. The year is split into three trimesters, Fall, Winter and Spring, of approximately 60 days each. Our main intake of new students comes at the beginning of the academic year, however we accept admissions throughout the year in order to meet the needs of the international community in Kansai and the rest of Japan.

Students transferring to OIS from a different academic year calendar may be required to complete the current grade rather than miss a large portion of learning. For example, a student from Australia, completing grade 3 in December, transfers to OIS in the following February. Instead of being placed in grade 4 from February to June and then move on to grade 5 in August, the student will be placed in grade 3 in February and begin grade 4 in August. While OIS evaluates each applicant individually, the default position is a lower grade placement.

Order of Admissions

Priorities in admission are given to the following in order of preference:

  • The children of expatriates from English speaking countries
  • The children of expatriates from other countries
  • Japanese returnees (a returnee is defined as someone who has completed at least two years of international style education in English immersion)
  • The children of Japanese parents who can demonstrate a compelling need for an international style education in English immersion

Enquiry Form #1: For First Enquiries

If this is your first contact with the school, and you have an initial enquiry of a general nature, please use this Enquiry Form #1. You do not need to complete the application forms or submit any documentation at this stage.

Your Name

Your Email

Message Subject

Your Message

Enquiry Form #2: For Enrolment Enquiries

Should you be interested in enrolling your child at the school, please provide additional information using the Initial Enquiry Form #2 as well. This will assist us in tailoring our response to you. A member of the admissions staff will then reply to your enquiry.


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A member of the admissions staff will then reply to your enquiry.

Forms & Documentation

We recommend that families use Enquiry Form #2 to contact the school to begin the application process, before the full application forms are completed. Once that step has been completed, and the Admissions Office has replied to you, the main application forms below may be submitted.

All forms are available to download via the Admissions Booklets at the bottom of this page. To receive an application form by mail or fax please contact the school using the details on the Contact Us page.

In addition to the Student Application Form parents are required to submit the following:

  • 2 letters of recommendation "principal" and "teacher". These documents must be sent directly from  the schools to Osaka International School by email ( or by surface mail. In the latter case, the documents must be sent in a sealed envelope bearing the school stamp. OIS can not accept recommendations or school records sent directly from parents
  • Student health record. *
  • Student physical examination report. *
  • Official records including standardized test results (IOWA, ITBS, ERB, MAP, ISA, TOEFL, etc) from all previous schools attended.
  • 40,000 yen application fee (payable in cash on the interview and evaluation day).
  • Other information which may be helpful in assessing a student's educational needs

The recommendation and health forms are  all available for download with the appropriate Elementary or Middle/High School Application Booklet below. All documents should be mailed directly to the Admissions Office.

* Please note that the health record and physical examination report need only be submitted after successful completion of the admissions process.


Students - Osaka International School can not make a firm offer of a place in the school until the admissions process has been successfully completed at the school itself. All students seeking admission to Osaka International School must be interviewed and complete evaluation before a final decision on admission is made. This will happen after application, school records and application fee have been received. Overseas applications should inform the Admissions office of the family's arrival date so that interviews and testing can be scheduled.

Parents - Close cooperation between the home and school is a key ingredient in a successful educational program. As a part of the admissions process Osaka International School requires that both parents, where available , meet with a member of the school staff to discuss their student's educational needs. Parents residing outside Japan may arrange for interviews after arriving in Japan.

Admissions Assessment

All applicants take language, mathematics and cognitive tests as part of the admissions process. Admission for non-English speakers may be limited at each grade level to maintain a strong English language environment. For further ESL information, see the Language Support section of the website.

Notification of Acceptance

Families are notified shortly after the interviews and testing are completed whether they are accepted or not. All decisions are made by the Admissions Committee.

Deferred Acceptance

In the case of applicants residing outside Japan, or in cases where testing is required, notification of acceptance may be deferred until after the interview with the student and the student's parents or the completion of required tests. In these cases, space will be held for possible admission, until after completion of the interviews or the required testing.

International Families

Often families relocating to Japan from abroad need to know what school their children will be attending in order to find housing. We will do our best to evaluate applications electronically, which may include a Skype interview, reference checks and submission of all documents. This will allow us to give an admissions decision for those families arriving late in the summer.

Relocation Services

We understand that moving to Japan can be complicated and sometimes stressful for families. Therefore we offer some basic relocation services to assist families in finding suitable housing. Director of operations Steve Lewis has over 20 years of experience in Japan and can assist in finding the perfect home or apartment for you. We also have a helpful PTA (Parent Teacher Association), and can call upon the extensive resources of the KG foundation to assist newcomers to Japan.

The school is located in the attractive Osaka suburb of Minoh, which is nestled in the foothills of the Minoh National Park. Our children ride their bikes to school safely and there are plenty of parks and green spaces in the area. However, there are also many shops, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets and other amenities close by. Minoh and the surrounding suburbs give expatriates a true Japanese experience because of the vibrancy of the area. It is a good mix of western and traditional Japanese culture. Osaka University is very close and therefore, many businesses cater to foreigners. Train stations are a short bus ride or walk away from the school, and it takes about 30 minutes to be in downtown Umeda. It is a short 20-minute drive or monorail ride to Itami Airport, and a similar distance to Shin-Osaka station where shinkansen bullet trains can whisk you away to Kyoto in 20 minutes, Kobe in 25 minutes, or Tokyo in 2.5 hours.

OIS Admissions Booklet

You can view, download and print the OIS Admissions Booklet via the PDF file below:

Click here to view the OIS Admissions Booklet:

OIS KA to Grade 5 Application Booklet

You can view, download and print the Application Booklet and forms for elementary school via the PDF file below:

Click here to view the OIS KA-G5 Application Form:

Click here to view the KA-G5 recommendation and health forms:

OIS Grade 6 to Grade 12 Application Booklet

You can view, download and print the Application Booklet and forms for middle and high school via the PDF file below:

Click here to view the OIS G6-G12 Application Form:

Click here to view the G6-G12 recommendation and health forms:

International Baccalaureate General Regulations

All parents with children entering an IB Programme are requested by the IB to read the General Regulations. These available from the admissions' office