Please note that the Global Futures Programme and dormitory option for OIS students is currently on hold due to global travel restrictions and COVID-19 precautions. We expect to be able to offer these options again from April 2023. Please contact us if you require more information.
Global Futures Programme
Study in Japan in an academically challenging international baccalaureate school
The OIS Global Futures Program provides a unique opportunity to pursue high school English language academic studies, develop skills as a global citizen and to study Japanese immersed in the culture and atmosphere of Osaka--Japan’s vibrant, cutting edge and historically rich 'second city'. If Japanese is your chosen foreign language, you want to explore your Japanese roots, or you want an unforgettable experience boosting your intercultural skills while continuing your college preparatory coursework, then consider an application to the OIS Global Futures Program.
Osaka is situated in the center of the long Japanese archipelago. It is in an area known as Kansai. The Kansai area is one of the most important historical regions of Japan with the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara nearby. Osaka is a large cosmopolitan city and is known as the ‘food capital’ of Japan. The school however is situated 15 km (about 9 miles) from the city center on the northern edge of the city. The school is in a new residential area with many green areas and parks and safe bike trails galore. The school is also close to the Mino National Park with kilometers of hiking and biking trails. Like all areas of Japan, Osaka is a very safe and comfortable city to live in.
Osaka International School is an IB World School and as such offers all 3 IB programmes. Graduates from OIS go to universities around the world. The faculty is recruited to contribute to the school mission of furthering international education.
The size of OIS and its relation to SIS, gives it the best of both worlds: small school attention with big school programs.
Besides rigorous study, opportunities include sports, student governance, and musical possibilities as well as access to a range of smaller interest clubs.
The two schools, Osaka International School (OIS) and Senri International School (SIS), operate in an environment unique in the world of education. We share a common vision and mission, educational philosophy, as well as a building and facilities. The faculty and staff draw on each others' skills and experiences to provide an educational experience for students that is rich in content and diversity, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of the ever more interconnected world of the 21st century.
Kwansei Gakuin Foundation (KG) is one of the most prestigious private educational foundations in Japan. The foundation governs 10 schools, a vocational college, and a university with a total population of 27,000 students. Our partnership with KG affords us access to people, research and facilities that would not usually be associated with a K-12 international school.
OIS has an outstanding academic record and students who graduate from OIS generally are able to enter the college or university of their choice.
OIS’s sister school relationship gives an OIS student the chance to experience Japan in an authentic manner through sports, student council and in day to day interactions. Our relationship with Kwansei Gakuin University means that students also have the possibility to enter the university upon graduation either into a regular program if an applicant has the necessary command of Japanese, or into specific departments like the international relations department and receive an education completely in English, graduating with a degree at the end of a 4 year course. The options are wide and exciting. Our relationship with KG also gives us access to intellectual resources that may not readily be available to a school.
UPDATE: Please note that the Global Futures Programme and dormitory option for OIS students is currently on hold due to global travel restrictions and COVID-19 precautions. We expect to be able to offer these options again from August 2023. Please contact us if you require more information.
Akebono dormitory is situated in a residential area only two minutes on foot from the school. ‘Akebono’ means ‘dawn’ or ‘daybreak’. This is an apt name for a residence that prides itself on providing a warm, safe and welcoming environment for high school students whose parents are living abroad or beyond commuting distance from the school.
Students are supported by a housemaster and housemother who ensure the smooth administration and running of the dormitory. One of the goals of living in the dorm is for students to develop independence and cooperation and as such students living there are encouraged to play an active role in creating a successful living environment.
There is a male and female zone. Each zone contains a mini kitchen, lounge, traditional Japanese bath with showers, and laundry room. Besides students from the Global Futures Program, SIS Japanese students also live in the dormitory. This also helps with immersing oneself into the Japanese language and culture.
All admissions and issues arising from dormitory life are governed by the dormitory committee consisting of the head of school, principal, house parents and a faculty member appointed by the head.
The dorm is a light reinforced concrete structure built to the highest safety regulations. The total floor space is 980 sq m. This area includes 21 double occupancy rooms, each 18 square meters. The capacity is 42 students (18 boys, 24 girls).