Life at OGU

Student Support

OGU students and staff provide a support network to help international students when they come to Japan, and offer individual help when necessary.

Airport Pick Up on Arrival

OGU staff and students welcome international students at the airport and escort each student to his/her housing. International students must cover necessary transportation fees from the airport to his/her housing.

Off-Campus Support

Assistance with residence registration, Japanese national health insurance, opening bank accounts, and other related matters.

Arrival Orientation

OGU provides a three day(two days for the spring semester)arrival orientation covering academic affairs, housing, placement testing, insurance procedures, life in Japan, and other related information.

Buddy Program

We assign each student to a Japanese student buddy to support him/her in getting used to daily life in Japan.


There are 3 types of Insurance that you need:

1 Study Abroad Insurance
Student Travel Insurance
*Purchase before arrival
*Not compulsory but strongly Recommended
2 National Health Insurance *Register at city office during Orientation
*Covers 70% of costs at hospitals & clinics, including dental and optical
3 Personal Accident Insurance
for Students Pursuing
Education and Research (PAS)
and Liability Insurance
coupled with PAS
*Register at OGU during Orientation
*Covers: Indemnity Liability, Injury/Illness Rescuer expenses
Death,residual disability

1. Study Abroad Insurance.

For peace of mind, we strongly recommend you purchase Study Abroad Insurance plan before your departure for the period you are going to study in Japan. It is very important to discuss the insurance plan with your family before you purchase it.

2. National Health Insurance.

It is compulsory for all students regardless of their period of stay at OGU, to register when they arrive in Japan. Failure to do so may result in the student being sent back home. Buddy students will help you with the registration process. Premiums are approx ¥2,200 each month.

3. PAS and Liability Insurance coupled with PAS.

All the students are required to purchase Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research (PAS) and Liability Insurance coupled with PAS (after arrival) for their entire stay at OGU, with no exceptions. Premiums are approx ¥4,000 per semester and approx.¥5,000 per 2 semesters.

Part-time Jobs

Students who desire to engage in part-time work may do so after the start of the program, but must not allow their jobs to interfere with their studies at OGU. Students should not rely on part-time work as their only source of financial support. Prior to partaking in part-time work, students must apply for a permit (“Shikakugai Katsudo Kyokasho”) issued by Osaka Immigration Bureau if they have not applied for the permit at the immigration of the airport upon arrival. The permit allows students to work for 28 hours a week during semester and 8 hours a day during winter and/or spring vacation. However, the permission to work during vacation is limited only to those who are still enrolled at OGU

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