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*Lessons in these languages are available
at a small additional cost. Please indicate on your essay which of
these you wish to study.
RECEIVING ACADEMIC CREDIT FOR COURSES IN JAPAN
Students are responsible for the advance planning needed to receive credit in the United States for courses taken in Osaka. Guidance counselors in the United States understand how helpful a year abroad can be to a student and will work with her to explore different ways of completing credits needed for graduation. Within the Japanese educational system, students are given credits ONLY after they have completed a year of study. After completing a semester's work, OGSHS can provide only a grade report (class hours, detailed course descriptions, teachers' comments, etc.) but NOT official credits. This grade report may or may not be accepted for credits by the international student's home high school.
Meet with your guidance counselor and get your high schools guidelines for receiving credit overseas.
Before Leaving for Japan
Meet with your high school guidance counselor about the courses you plan to take at Osaka Girls Senior High School. Determine which courses you will receive credit for. Determine what classes you will have to take at your high school before and after your time in Japan. (For example, you might need to take one course in summer school after you return to fulfill all requirements.) Find out what information your school needs before you leave. Also, find out what information your school needs when you return.
While You Are in Japan
The more similar the content of courses at your high school and ones at Osaka Girls Senior High School, the more likely you will be to get credit. Math and science are often similar. Bring back examples of work completed during courses in Japan. OGSHS will provide an official transcript showing all completed work.
Even with international curriculums, some mismatches are inevitable. Our students usually find that the advantages of learning in a multi-cultural environment far outweigh the disadvantages of curriculum mismatches. As one of our recent international students wrote after returning home, "I now think about larger world issues, not just about going to the mall". In the end, academic losses are most likely reversible. The gains students experience in confidence, personal limits and cross-cultural growth will serve them the rest of their lives.
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