OGU offers 10 hours/week Japanese language courses, and 8 hours/week of subject-based courses related to Japan/Asia which are taught in English. Students usually earn 28-32 credits for the academic year.
Osaka Gakuin University has had an ongoing relationship with St. Thomas for over 20 years. An outgrowth of this relationship is that up to two full scholarships are awarded yearly by Osaka Gakuin to St. Thomas undergraduate(s) and/or a St. Thomas graduate student.
- Special courses in Japanese studies have been developed for international students, and are taught in English.
- With few foreigners enrolled at Osaka Gakuin, students are fully immersed in the university. This, naturally, is conducive to increased proficiency in Japanese.
- Enrollment is 7,200 undergraduates and 30 graduate students.
International students are fully immersed into the Japanese student lifestyle at OGU. Students will have full use of the extensive library, health services, sports and eating facilities.
OGU offers over 30 clubs on campus that are available for students. Joining a sports team or a club is a great way to meet local Japanese students and interact with the culture. Judo, karate, Japanese archery, fishing and American football are just some of the clubs that the University offers.
The International Center can assist overseas students with questions they may have regarding registration, accommodations and academics.
St. Thomas students may study at Osaka Gakuin for an entire year; semester study is NOT available. The Japanese academic year runs from October to July. Fall semester runs from October to February, and spring semester runs from mid April to late July. Winter vacation is about two weeks long in late December and early January.
OGU sometimes offers up to two tuition scholarships each year to eligible St. Thomas students. Check with the Office of Study Abroad for availability. In addition to the language requirement, candidates for the scholarships must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. To apply for the scholarship, you must complete a study abroad application and have an interview with the selection committee. Interviews for these scholarships are normally conducted in March and the awards are announced in April.
Students have the option to live in a homestay or a student dorm. A homestay allows the student not only to learn about everyday Japanese life, but also to have firsthand experience in communicating with native Japanese speakers. Students have breakfast and the evening meal provided by their homestay.
Application Process for Other Approved Programs
This program is offered through one of our approved program partners. In order to participate you must apply through, and be approved, by both St. Thomas and the program.
University of St. Thomas application deadlines
- Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at stthomas.edu/studyabroad.
- Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review:
- any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs.
- the course approval process
- how to apply to Other Approved Programs
- Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection.
- Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline.
- Complete program application via the program’s website by their deadline.
October 1 for January Term and spring semester programs
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs.
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas.
St Thomas Criteria for Participation
- Minimum grade point average of 2.5.
- Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a Study Abroad program while on academic or conduct probation. Any disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval to participate in an off-campus programs.
- View all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas: stthomas.edu/studyabroad > Student Policies.
- Some programs have additional criteria.
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to study abroad. Visit stthomas.edu/financialaid for instructions.
The Office of Study Abroad, and other approved program partners, offers scholarships. Visit stthomas.edu/studyabroad, and the program’s website, for details.
For additional program information, contact the program provider.
For application procedures contact Study Abroad.
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
MHC 212 (Mail 5026)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA