Before you start in on the application, you might want to request a phone chat, along with your parent(s), in your native language. Prior to spending both time and money on the application process, let's be sure you can make a contribution to our school life and we can help meet your expectations.
The number of international students is limited. It takes time to translate your application into Japanese to present to two committees and Osaka Immigration. An EARLY application is to your advantage. If you happen to be on a first name basis with "procrastination", you may also be wearing a metaphorical friendship bracelet with "disappointment". If at all possible, please do not put us in this position. If for any reason it is not complete when you send it, just let us know when we can expect the missing section(s). Please prepare for the phone language check of your basic Japanese. It is very important. If you do not do well and time allows, of course you will be given a second chance. Results may be delayed until all applicants are considered. Please be patient. Think carefully about your application essay. Include what you can add to our school life and anticipate any problems you might imagine after your arrival in Osaka. Your honesty will be most helpful and appreciated.
As you might imagine, the expenses of hosting an international student are significantly less in the remote, rural areas of Japan. International exchange agencies often exploit this fact to dramatically increase their profits. Be assured that OGSHS tries to minimize student costs/expenses in spite of our urban setting.
Important. Please note: The glowing, relative- street- crime statistics
aside, awareness of personal safety is crucial and must be on-going---daily.
There is some debate as to international students being at higher risk for
attack. We at OGSHS must assume that they are and stress "good judgement" at
all times to minimize the chances of tragedy. In addition, this includes
We thoroughly regret not being able to offer any financial help at this time.
If you are now or have been homeschooled, please modify
the application to provide the selection committee insight into your
specific learning environment.
To meet Osaka Immigration requirements students currently homeschooled need
an affiliation with a local private or public high school in order to get a
student visa. This has never been a problem in the past for our wonderful homeschoolers. Contact OGSHS for details.
Information about Travel to Japan:
Documents Required After Acceptance:
Current health insurance valid for Japan.
Round-trip plane ticket.
Copies of financial account statements that indicate sufficient money to pay all expenses in Japan.
Contact between your high school, or a local school, and OGSHS, as required by Osaka Immigration.
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