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									Osaka Gakuin University
          大阪学院大学

  International Exchange Program
        国際交流プログラム



          2010-2011
          2010-2011
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Table of Contents
Welcome to Osaka Gakuin University! ----------------------------- 1
Overview of the OGU Japanese Studies Program--------- -------- 2
The Academic Calendar ----------------------------------------------- 3
Life at OGU ------------------------------------------------------------- 4
Financial information -------------------------------------------------- 7
Pre-departure information --------------------------------------------- 8
On-campus facilities --------------------------------------------------- 9
General Information -------------------------------------------------- 11
Map --------------------------------------------------------------------- 14




Welcome to Osaka Gakuin University!
Message from the Director of the International Center:
Konnichi wa!
  Osaka Gakuin University invites you to become a part of the most ideal Japanese studies program to study
  Japanese language and culture in Japan. Our location is second to none! The campus is located only thirty
  minutes from Kyoto, the cultural center of Japan; ten minutes from the downtown hub of the Osaka business
  and entertainment district; forty minutes from Kobe, one of the world's leading trading ports; sixty minutes
  from Nara, the oldest historical region of Japan, and about two and a half hours by Shinkansen (Bullet Train)
  from the nation's capital, Tokyo. Our Japanese studies program is the most progressive, practical and unique in
  all of Japan. In the morning, we offer ten hours of Japanese language a week and in the afternoon, six hours of
  subject courses related to Japan and Asia which are instructed in English by our highly qualified teachers. Many
  of our students live with home stay families and join cultural/sport club activities, which are often the highlight
  of their study abroad experience. The International Center staff offers extensive support and guidance for each
  student. They pride themselves on the individual attention given to each and every international student. If you
  are interested in a "life-changing," and unforgettable study abroad experience; we await you at Osaka Gakuin
  University!




   Mike Matsuno
   Director of the International Center

The International Center’s mission for international students:
  A commitment to:
   provide international exchange students with a "life-changing," authentic Japanese experience. A personalized
   experience that they will be able to reflect on and build upon after leaving OGU, where their lives and their
   future will never be the same.

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Overview of the OGU Japanese Studies Program

Morning Courses: Japanese Language
Basic/Elementary Levels
                                                               Hours of Instruction per week*2
                                                                   Fall               Spring
                       Subjects
                                                                (15 weeks)          (15 weeks)
 Grammar/Reading/Listening                                           12                 12
 Afternoon special subject courses*1                                  6                  6
                      Total                                          18                 18

Intermediate/Advanced Levels
                                                               Hours of Instruction per week*2
                                                                   Fall               Spring
                       Subjects
                                                                (15 weeks)          (15 weeks)
 Grammar training                                                    6                   6
 Content-based Japanese Courses                                      4                   4
 Independent study                                                  0.5                 0.5
                                       *1
 Afternoon special subject courses                                   6                   6
                         Total                                     16.5                16.5
  *1  Afternoon special subject courses include Japanese Studies Courses, J-
      Bridge Courses, Japanese for Specific Purposes, and regular OGU
      courses.
  *2 Hours of instruction per week may vary depending on the Japanese
     language level

Content-based Japanese Courses:
Intermediate Level / Advanced Level
  This is a unique, specially designed Japanese course to
  offer students the hands-on opportunity to learn and study
  about current Japanese cultural and societal issues and
  topics in the Japanese language. The objective of this
  course is to engage students in cultural/social issues,
  thought and discussion, using “real life” Japanese reading
  and media materials, while incorporating all four skills of
  reading, speaking, writing, and listening. Students do short presentations in class and a final
  presentation at the end of the year in Japanese.

Afternoon Courses: Special Subject Courses
Japanese Studies Courses:
                                 Subject-based courses related to Japan/Asia will be
                                 offered and instructed in English. The number of subject-
                                 based courses offered depends on the number of
                                 international students studying at OGU. Each of the
                                 subject-based courses will meet for three hours per week
                                 and equal three credits. Students may choose two of these
                                 subject-based courses (2 courses x 3 hrs = 6 credit hrs per

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   wk).
        Courses instructed in English are offered since the majority of students will not be able
   to take regular university subject courses instructed only in Japanese. Even many of the
   students who have taken up to 6-7 years of Japanese language training prior to coming to
   OGU, may still not be able to take regular courses in Japanese. Thus, we offer English
   courses on various aspects of Japan/Asia to give international students the opportunity to
   learn about the cultural, social, and economical aspects of Japan/Asia.

“J-Bridge” Japanese-Instructed Classes:
  OGU offers the innovative J-Bridge (Japanese-Bridge) subject-based
  classes instructed in intermediate and advanced Japanese. The
  J-Bridge classes are taught exclusively only at OGU. This type of
  class allows students to challenge themselves and take lectures in
  Japanese to see how much they can comprehend and do.

Regular Japanese University Courses:
  Those international students who have an advanced ability in Japanese and have received
  approval of the International Center’s Japanese language teachers, will have the option of
  enrolling in regular Japanese university courses.

The Academic Calendar (2010-2011)
 Application deadline                        March 31 (Wed), 2010, (Japan time)
                                             September 2 (Thu) – September 4 (Sat), 2010
 Arrival
                                             (at KIX Airport)
 Orientation                                 September 6 (Mon) – September 8 (Wed), 2010
 Fall Semester                               September 9 (Thu),– December 22 (Wed), 2010
 Welcome Party                               September 18 (Sat), 2010
                                             October 22 (Fri) – October 24 (Sun), 2010
 Kishibe-Sai (School Festival)
                                             No Class on October 22 (Fri)
 Winter Break                                December 23 (Thu), 2009 – January 21 (Fri), 2011
 Spring Semester                             January 24 (Mon) – May 20 (Fri), 2011
 Spring Break                                March 7 (Mon) – March 11 (Fri), 2011
 Field Trips                                 TBA
 Program Completion Ceremony                 May 21 (Sat), 2011
* The schedule and dates are subject to change.
Arrival and Pick-up at KIX Airport (Kansai International Airport)
  Please arrive in Osaka on September 2, 3, or 4, in order to participate in
  the International Center arrival orientation with the entire group of
  international students. Inform the International Center of your arrival
  information (arrival date and flight information) in order for a staff
  member to meet you upon your arrival. A volunteer Japanese student
  (ISST) will take you to meet your host family or check you in at the
  dormitory. Prepare enough cash for the transportation fee from the airport
  to your dormitory or host family (approx. 1,500 to 4,000 yen).
* Please note your family member or friend cannot stay in the dormitory or
with the home stay family. If you wish to come to Japan with someone, make a hotel reservation for him/her.
                                               *Welcome and Arrival Orientation
                                               The welcome orientation for international students is scheduled
                                               for September 6 - 8, 2010. Details covered will include important
                                               and practical information regarding life in Japan, the home stay
                                               program, campus life, student ID cards, procedures for Alien
                                               Registration, re-entry permits, class registration, library
                                               information, and a campus tour. You will also receive the


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  "Handbook for International Students" which contains useful information for a successful stay in Japan.

Life at OGU
ISST (International Student Support Team):
  The ISST is a volunteer group of OGU students who
  support the international students in their daily lives. This
  group’s role is to promote the exchange of language and
  culture between OGU students and international students.
  OGU will introduce you to a Japanese “buddy” who will
  help with your initial settling in. Many of these buddies are
  ISST members.
Airport pick up on arrival
  The ISST welcomes students at the airport and escorts each
  student to his/her host family’s house or dormitory.
  International students must cover necessary transportation
  fees.
Off-Campus support
  The ISST may assist international students in: obtaining
  their Alien Registration card, purchasing Japanese national
  health insurance, purchasing of cell phones, opening bank accounts, and other related
  matters.
Arrival Orientation
  The ISST helps the International Center with the arrival
  orientation, campus tours, and answering questions that the
  international students may have.
Event planning and management
  The ISST helps plan and host events such as the welcome
  party.

INSURANCE:
Japanese National Health Insurance
  All international students are required to purchase Japanese National Health Insurance while
  living in Japan. Applications are submitted at the city hall nearest the student’s living
  residence. The average costs are about ¥2,000 per month. The Japanese national health
  insurance plan pays 70% and students pay the remaining 30% of any health care expenses.

Liability Insurance
  All international students are required to purchase liability insurance upon their arrival at
  OGU. Depending on your length of study, you will purchase either a one semester or one-
  year policy. Costs are about ¥1,000 per month, the liability insurance total costs for your
  entire stay will be collected after you arrive at OGU. Liability insurance is to protect you
  from damage and injury expenses when an international student accidentally causes damage
  or injury to someone else and/or their property. The liability insurance does not cover your
  own personal injury and/or damage to your personal items. Therefore, driving motor
  vehicles is prohibited.
  * Whether you have your home country health/liability insurance or not, it will be
  mandatory for all international students to purchase the Japanese National Health Insurance
  Plan in Japan (city hall) and liability insurance (OGU) after arrival into Japan. Failure to do
  so may result in the student being sent back home.

HOUSING: Both dormitory and home stay availability are limited and it is necessary to
indicate both your 1st and 2nd choices when completing the home stay form. Due to a recent

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increase in the number of incoming international students, there is no guarantee that your 1st
preference will be given.

Home Stay
 In contrast to many other Japanese study abroad and exchange programs, living with a
 Japanese host family in a long-term home stay living arrangement is considered to be one of
 the most valuable opportunities while studying at OGU. The long-term home stay
 experience offers the unique opportunity for international students to gain invaluable
 experience and insight while observing, living, and understanding Japanese daily life and
 customs.
    ・Monthly charge: ¥50,000
    ・Private room/includes a desk or table to study and bed or futon.
    ・Two meals per day
    ・Shared bath/toilet

“My Home Stay Experience”
  My name is Bryan Duran, an exchange student from California State University/Long Beach, California,
  United States. I major in Studio Art and Japanese in the States, and at OGU I studied Japanese, Japanese
  Culture, Japanese Performing Arts, Food, Cross-cultural Communication, and Comparative Education Systems.
  Although I had traveled to Osaka once before, I was definitely not used to the Japanese way of life like
  commuting as well as taking a bath. I am indebted to my first host family who eased me into adapting well in to
  my new lifestyle. My host parents were retired elementary school teachers which was a plus for me in learning
  Japanese. They treated me like a son and they taught me about true Japanese customs and I was able to teach
  them about my culture, too. Some of the best memories I have were when they took me to their summer home
  in a small Japanese village called Atashika in Mie Prefecture. They also were considerate in serving me cookies
  and western type food so I occasionally could have a taste of home.
  My second host family was completely different in the sense that my host parents were a young couple in their
  30s with 3 young children. The best way I can describe this family was “  かや賑     / nigiyaka” or lively. There
  was never a dull or quiet moment in the house which took some getting used to given that I am an only child,
  although I relished the experience of being the “older brother” in the house and the challenges it brought. I did
  gain yet another unique experience and I learned a lot.

Memories of my Home Stay
  Moi! My name is Sakari Hakkarainen. I am an exchange student from Laurea -
  University of applied Sciences located in Finland. I am studying Japanese language
  and culture at Osaka Gakuin University and I'm currently living with a host family.
  My decision to live with a host family during my stay in Japan has proven to be a
  good way for adjusting to the different culture. Living with a Japanese family has
  given me a view of Japanese family culture from the front seat. It is also nice to see how the language barrier is
  slowly breaking down between my host family and myself as I learn more Japanese all the time. The many
  conversations and trips taken with them are truly the times I will remember,
  This picture was taken at a welcome party my family hosted for me after my first month of living in Japan. My
  host mom, and my host sister are in the rear and middle. In the front row second from right is my host father,
  and behind him my host brother. I am in the front row fourth from the right. Having spent this past four months
  living in their home makes me wish I could live with them for even longer!

Private Off-Campus Dormitory
  Some off-campus non co-ed dormitory options are also available. Also please keep in mind
  that some aspects of dormitory living in Japan, which may not be familiar to other cultures,
  are the concept of established dormitory curfews and less interactions among the residents.
  After coming to Japan, students may find an apartment and move out of the dormitory.
  However, the minimum length of stay is one month after the arrival in September.
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Male Dorm: Park Residence
     ・Monthly charge: ¥49,000 with shared bathroom (not including electricity)
     ・Meals: 2 per day (Except December 26-January 5)
     ・Curfew: 11:00 pm
     ・Student must purchase own bedding/futon (Approx:10,000yen)
     ・About 30 minutes from the university by train & walking
     ・Only available from September to February. Extension to July is possible only if there
      is sufficient number of available rooms.
     ・The dormitory is mainly for OGU athletes who do not spend much time at the dorm.
      Therefore, the interaction with the Japanese students is limited.

Female Dorm: Hill Court
     ・Monthly charge: ¥40,000 with private bath/toilet unit
      (not including electricity and water)
     ・Meals: cooking on your own
     ・Curfew: 11:00 pm
     ・Student must purchase own bedding/futon (Approx:10,000yen)
     ・About 20 minutes from the university by train & walking

Guesthouses
                                           Occasionally, students have rented guesthouses or furnished living
                                           quarters, which are usually occupied by foreigners traveling or
                                           living in Japan. These types of housing situations are advertised
                                           throughout the internet; for example, Osaka Guest House
                                           http://guesthouseosaka.com/en/index.html. Students who choose
                                           to use this type of housing are independently responsible for their
                                           own living arrangements and OGU is exempt from any housing
                                           responsibility thereof.

  *All recipients of the OGU student exchange
  scholarship are required to live in home stays (Trier, St.
  Thomas, and Orleans scholarship students). The
  scholarship covers only the number of exchange
  students specified in the respective exchange
  agreement. Any additional students attending from
  these universities will be responsible for their own
  home stay/housing fee.

PART-TIME JOBS:
                                        Students who desire to engage in part-time work may do so from
                                        December 1, 2010, 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 work permit issued by the Regional
                                        Immigration Bureau. Applications must be obtained and submitted
                                        through the International Center at OGU. Work permits allow students
                                        to work for the same number of hours per week as enrolled academic
  class hours during academic semesters. For example, if the enrolled academic class hours is 10 hours per week,
  you are allowed to work up to 10 hours per week, provided the job is not illegal or prohibited. However, it is
  allowed to work up to twenty-eight hours per week during the winter and spring vacations.


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Financial information
OGU International Exchange Program Expenses
Semester:
 Tuition*1                              ¥350,000 / semester
  -Tuition waived for exchange students  (¥1,048,000 / year regular tuition)
 Books                                                    approx. ¥5,000-10,000/semester
 Field Trips                                              approx. ¥5,000-10,000/semester
  *1 Regular Japanese student tuition: ¥1,048,000 / year
     Special Direct enrollment tuition: (Only for International Center Japanese Studies Program)
     ¥350,000 / semester , ¥700,000 / year

Monthly estimated monthly costs at OGU:
Housing*2                             ¥40,000-50,000/month
                   *3
Transportation fee                    approx. ¥3,000-10,000/month
Lunch                                 approx. ¥20,000/month
National health insurance             ¥2,000-2,200/month
                   *4
Liability insurance                   ¥1,000/month
Personal expenses                     approx. ¥20,000-30,000/month
                  Total               approx. ¥90,000-110,000/month
  *2 The price varies depending on the type of accommodation. Please refer to the table below for details.
  *3 For exchange students, when the transportation fee exceeds ¥5,000 per month, the balance will be
     reimbursed by OGU. JASSO/JENESYS scholarship recipients and direct enrollment students are
     responsible for their entire commuting costs. Transportation Fee (OGU home stay/dorm OGU)
   Commuting
     Public transportation such as buses and trains are commonly used to commute to and from OGU. An
     average commuting time is approximately an hour. Students are not allowed to drive motor vehicles.
  *4 The liability insurance fee varies depending on the length of stay.

Housing
                                                                Monthly rent                                  Meals
 Home stay                                     ¥50,000                                                Two meals
                               Male            ¥49,000 (plus electricity)                             Two meals
 Dormitory
                               Female          ¥40,000 (plus electricity and water)                   No meals
  *If students do not wish to stay either at a home stay or at a dormitory, they are responsible for arranging their
  housing on their own.
     Example of average apartment costs in Japan:
     * Monthly rent: ¥60,000
     * Key money: ¥250,000 (one time fee)
     * Non-furnished: (renter must purchase all furniture, appliances, electric lights, phone, and bedding)
     * Meals: Cook on your own
     * Monthly utilities: ¥7,500 (approximately: electricity ¥4,000, water ¥1,500, gas ¥2,000)
     *Transportation costs




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Pre-departure information

Important General Information:

Visa Application Process
   Once all of the applications materials are received by the International
   Center, OGU will apply for the certificate of eligibility on your behalf at
   the immigration office. Once it is approved and issued here in Japan, we will send it to you via post. When you
   receive your certificate of eligibility, you must visit the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate in your country
   where you will submit your certificate of eligibility and passport to apply for your student visa for Japan.
   Sometimes if there is ample time, you can send your passport and certificate of eligibility by mail or courier to
   your closest Japanese consulate or embassy for processing, but be sure to call and check first with their office.
   Once you have your student visa and passport, you are ready to come to Japan during the designated time.

Information of your host family/mailing address
   Details regarding your host family’s address will be provided prior to your departure. The International Center
   address can be used as an additional mailing address.

Passport, Money and Credit Card
   Please remember to bring your passport and enough money to cover living expenses for the first semester. We
   strongly recommend you to bring a credit card (Visa or Master) if you plan to obtain a mobile phone and/or
   internet account. It makes your application and payment fast and easy. Traveler's checks are the safest way to
   carry money. There are also ATM machines located around Osaka. However, not all bank cash card machines
   accept international ATM cards. Those that do accept your ATM card may sometimes have strict limits on the
   amount that can be withdrawn per day. It is possible to obtain cash using a credit card, however banks often
   charge handling fees, interest, and have limits on cash amount. F

What to Bring
   Japan has a large selection of various consumer goods and most things can be purchased after your arrival.
   However, items will probably be more expensive and it may take some time for you to settle in and find
   preferred stores that will meet your needs. We suggest that as much as possible, you bring your immediate
   essentials and prescribed medications with you. However, in regards to prescribed and sometimes even over
   the counter medication, Japanese custom laws are different and your medication may be confiscated upon entry.
   Please check with your local Japanese consulate or embassy for approved medications that you can bring with
   you to Japan.

Clothing
   Some international students feel that Japanese college students, especially female students, pay more attention
   to what they wear to campus. You may spend some money on obtaining new Japanese style clothing in the first
   couple of months. Although you can purchase a variety of clothing in Japan, they are usually expensive and
   range in smaller sizes. Some people find that standard Japanese sizes do not fit them. Shoes and pants are likely
   to be the most difficult. Men who wear shoes larger than 27 cm and women who wear shoes larger than 24.5
   are encouraged to bring footwear from home. Wearing comfortable shoes in Japan are a must due to the amount
   of daily walking. All homes and some offices and restaurants have a “remove your shoes” rule (street shoes are
   removed at the entrance). You may also want to bring your own house slippers and warm socks for winter.
Bring the necessary warm gear for winter (hats, gloves, boots), as it can get quite cold in the wintertime. Japanese
homes are not well insulated, as they are not centrally heated, so the inside of homes can be quite chilly at times.
In the summer, it can get quite humid where 100% cotton t-shirts and light cotton pants are all you need. There is a
rainy season during June and a light raincoat may be useful. Umbrellas are cheap and can be found everywhere.




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Medications
  Although some western medicines are available in Osaka at a higher price, we strongly suggest that you bring
  your prescribed and over the counter medications with you, so please check with your local consulate or
  embassy for approved medications. The Japanese government is strict about various medications that may be
  legal in your country.Although many similar over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and prescription medications are
  available in Japan, the cost may be as much as ten times the cost in your home country. Often, the dosages are
  also weaker compared to Western products. OTC medications often come in a package and the ingredients and
  directions are written in Japanese. As a result, they may be difficult to read and understand the ingredients and
  directions. If you wear glasses, you may want to bring a backup pair in case of loss or damage. You may also
  want to bring a year’s supply of contact lenses and necessary solution (although many kinds of solutions are
  available in Japan at a higher price). Vitamins - Japanese brands tend to be expensive and might not be as
  effective as those found in your country. It may also be a good idea to bring your own brand of cosmetics and
  hair care products, as the same brands may be very expensive in Japan.

Presents or Gifts (Omiyage)
  Gift giving is a very popular custom in Japan. Anything you bring as gifts for your home stay family and future
  friends will be greatly appreciated. The most common gifts are special or unique items from your home country
  or city: for example, a picture book of your country, scenic calendars, sweets or specialty candies.

Sharing your home culture
  Please bring photographs, traditional clothing, traditional music recordings, picture books or brochures from
  your country. These items can be useful during times when you are sharing interesting information about your
  home, family, culture, and country with your new friends and your host family.

Household Items
  Japan uses a 50-cycle, 100-volt alternating current. US electric appliances will work, yet at a slightly reduced
  efficiency. If you are bringing an appliance from a European country which operates on 200-240 volt currents,
  you will need a step-up transformer to use with Japan's 100-volt current.



On-campus facilities

                                   I-Chat Lounge
                                   The I-Chat lounge is the ideal place for students who are interested in
                                   communicating with others in foreign languages (mainly English). Here you
                                   can read English newspapers and magazines, watch the news, and enjoy
                                   movies in English. The I-Chat lounge is also a great place where you can
                                   make many Japanese friends!


                                   Library
                                   The Shirai Memorial Library was built in April 1977. The Library provides a
                                   quiet, academic area for study and research. At present, the library holds
                                   approximately 1,000,000 volume of books.




                                   Cafeteria
                                   There are four cafeterias on campus. Vending machines are also available at
                                   the cafeterias.




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Kinokuniya Book Center/Student Shop
Students can purchase a variety of goods such as textbooks, reference books,
dictionaries, school supplies, OGU T-shirts and the famed OGU Aloha shirts!
They can even use their 10% student discount to purchase books and
magazines.



Computers
Campus computers feature PC (Windows) as the primary operating system.
Computer rooms are open to students in different parts of campus at various
times throughout the day.




Sports facilities
OGU features a state-of-the-art fitness/training center.




Japanese Bank Cash Card and ATM Machines
Bank or post office issued cash withdrawal cards can be used to
withdraw/deposit money at campus bank card and cash card machines. (Not
all international ATM cards can be used with these machines).




Health Center
The health center takes care of minor injuries and referrals to doctors/hospitals
for more serious medical conditions.




Extra-curricular Club Activities
More than one hundred clubs, groups, and organizations are offered on
campus. International exchange students are welcome to join some of these
clubs.




International Center
Both the International Center administration office and the international
exchange student lounge are located on the first floor of Building #1.
The International Center faculty and the Japanese language teachers’ offices
are located on the fourth floor.




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General Information

Alien Registration and Re-entry Permit
  Students are required to apply for an Alien Registration
  Certificate at the city hall nearest to their living residence
  within 90 days of their arrival in Japan. You are required by
  law to carry this card as your personal identification at all times.
  It is also necessary to obtain a re-entry permit from the
  immigration office BEFORE leaving Japan for a vacation or
  short trip. This is required for re-entering Japan to continue your studies. Without this permit, you will lose
  your student visa status and will face difficulties re-entering Japan. Procedures for applying for this re-entry
  permit will be explained at the arrival orientation.

Opening Bank Accounts
  Students may open an account at any bank using their alien registration card and personal Japanese stamp (     ンハ
  コ ). Some banks allow signature instead of stamp. Upon opening an account, students receive a 4-digit pin
  number to use with their bank cash card at various cash withdraw machines located in banks, train stations,
  department stores, and convenience store locations. You can send money domestically at banks or through
  specific cash card machines. You can send money internationally to your home country from larger banks. If
  you are planning to receive money wired from your home country, the International Center advises you to open
  an account at a certain bank branch that deals with international money. Bank fees are commonly incurred at
  both the sending/receiving banks.

Japanese Currency
  Japan uses 4 types of banknotes (¥1,000, ¥2,000, ¥5,000, ¥10,000) and 6 types of
  coins (¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50, ¥100, ¥500). The check writing system does not exist in
  Japan as purchases are commonly made using cash. Japan is basically a cash-
  based society. Most internationally recognized credit cards are accepted in Japan,
  however, only at larger hotels, department stores, and large businesses. Foreign
  currency or traveler's checks may be exchanged at most major nation-wide banks.

Consumption Tax
  A 5% tax is attached to all merchandise purchased and services utilized by
  consumers. Marked prices often already include such tax.

Tipping
  Tipping is not customary in Japan. However, hotels and restaurant bills often
  include service charges within the bill.

Climate
  Japan is situated in the middle of the temperate zone and has four distinct seasons.

Average Temperature & Precipitation in Tokyo and Osaka

              Winter (Jan)          Spring (Apr)                  Summer (Jul)           Autumn (Oct)
               T(F) T(C) P           T(F)    T(C)    P            T(F)   T(C)    P       T(F)   T(C)    P

      Tokyo    42.4 5.8      48.6    57.9    14.4    130.3        77.7   25.4    161.5   64.8   18.2    163.1

      Osaka    42.4 5.8      43.7    58.6    14.8    121.1        81.0   27.2    155.4   65.7   18.7    109.3
      "T" stands for temperature in (F) Fahrenheit and (C) Celsius
                  (Japan uses Celsius), "P" stands for precipitation in mm.

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Winter (December - February)
  The temperature rarely drops below 0°C in the plains along the Pacific Coast during the wintertime. It is also
  quite dry and often sunny. Central Japan and Northern Japan are highly noted regions for winter sports.
  Southern Japan is comparatively mild and pleasant in winter. Clothing: overcoats, sweaters.

Spring (March - May)
  The plumb blossom is a good sign that the cold winter will soon
  end and spring is just around the corner. This is followed by the cherry
  blossoms which appear between the end of March and the beginning of
  April. Clothing: light jackets and sweaters.

Summer (June - August)
  Summer begins in June with a three to four week rainy season. This is an
  important time when farmers plant rice. It becomes extremely hot and humid from July through mid-
  September and many Japanese enjoy swimming at the beach and relaxing at cool mountain resort areas during
  this time. Summer is host to many interesting festivals. Various events are held
  throughout the country. Clothing: light, 100% cotton clothes.

Autumn (September - November)
  Autumn always brings renewed freshness with a light breeze and cool temperatures after the hot and humid
  summer. The forests are lit up in magnificent autumn colors. Chrysanthemums form beautiful displays and
  enchant visitors to parks and gardens. Autumn is also the season for many exhibitions, music concerts, and
  sports tournaments in Japan. Clothing: light jackets and sweaters.

JAPAN
   Capital City: Tokyo
   Language: Japanese
   Official Currency: Yen
   Religion: Buddhist, Shinto, etc
   Population: 127,708,000
   Land Mass: 376,520 sq km (145,374 sq miles)

OSAKA
   Covers an area of approximately 1,890 square kilometers or 0.5% of the nation's entire land area. Osaka is the
   second smallest prefecture. However, it has a population of 8.8 million, or 7% of the entire population, making
   it the second most populous prefecture after Tokyo. Approximately 210,000 foreigners, or 15.6% of all
   foreigners registered in Japan reside in Osaka.

Useful web site links about Japan:
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan                http://www.mofa.go.jp
    Japan Student Service Origination                   http://www.jasso.go.jp/study_j/sgtj_e.html
    Japan National Tourist Organization                 http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/
    Japan Travel and Living Guide                       http://www.japan-guide.com/
    World Atlas (Japan Map and information)             http://worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/asia/jp.htm
   Please look on the OGU English web page for several website links on various subjects, issues and news on
   Japan: http://www.osaka-gu.ac.jp/english/international/index.html




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Student Exchange Partner Universities

              Australia                                     Korea
              University of the Sunshine Coast              Baekseok University
                                                            Paichai University
                                                            Soonchunhyang University
              Austria                                       Lithuania
              Fachhoschule Kufstein Tirol University        Vilnius University
              of Applied Sciences

              Barbados                                      Mexico
              The University of the West Indies,            Cetys Universidad
              Cave Hill Campus

              Canada                                        Netherlands
              Medicine Hat College                          Fontys University of Applied Sciences
              University of the Fraser Valley               HZ University of Applied Sciences

              China                                         Philippines
              Dalian Polytechnic University                 University of San Carlos
              Southwest University of Political
              Science and Law
              Finland                                       South Africa
              HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied             Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
              Sciences                                      University
              Laurea University of Applied Sciences
              Satakunta University of Applied
              Sciences
              France                                        Sweden
              Universite D' Orleans                         University of Gavle
              ISCID                                         Vaxjo University

              Germany                                       Taiwan
              Fachhoschule Mainz-University of              Providence University
              Applied Sciences                              Southern Taiwan University
              Universitat Bayreuth                          Tatung University
              Universitat Trier                             Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages
              Iceland                                       Thailand
              The University of Iceland                     Bangkok University



              Italy                                         U.S.A.
              University of Brescia                         California State University/Long Beach,
                                                            California
                                                            Dowling College
                                                            Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii
                                                            Kapiolani Community College, Hawaii
                                                            Marywood University, Pennsylvania
                                                            The University of Mississippi,
                                                            Mississippi
                                                            University of St. Thomas, Minnesota




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Osaka Train Guide to OGU




   By JR train (Kishibe Station)
     Tokaido Line    Osaka---(local)---Kishibe (approx.12 minutes)
     Tokaido Line    Shin Osaka---(local)---Kishibe (approx.7 minutes)
     Tokaido Line    Kyoto---(rapid)---Takatsuki---(local)---Kishibe (approx.26 minutes)
     Tokaido Line    Kansai International Airport---(super express Haruka)---
                     ---Shin Osaka ---(local)---Kishibe (approx.78 minutes)




   By Hankyu train (Shojaku Station)
     Kyoto line     Umeda(Osaka)---(local)---Shojaku (approx.20 minutes)
     Kyoto line     Kawaramachi(Kyoto)---(express)---Ibaraki-shi---(local)---
                    ---Shojaku (approx.34 minutes)




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   The best Japanese studies program in Japan!
                      OGU is waiting for you!




Japanese Language Instructors




                                                Director, Assistant Director, and staff
                                                of the International Center
International Center Instructors


              Osaka Gakuin University
                                  International Center

                    2-36-1 Kishibe-Minami, Suita-shi, Osaka 564-8511, Japan
                       Phone:+81-6-6381-8434      Fax:+81-6-6381-8499
                                   E-mail: inoffice@ogu.ac.jp
            URL http://www.osaka-gu.ac.jp/english/international/index.html
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                                                                              February 3 (Wednesday), 2010

								
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