Making the Most of Life & Study at OSIPP | Osaka University
OSIPP’s home is at OU’s Toyonaka Campus. Osaka University has 3 campuses, one in each of the cities of Suita, Toyonaka, and Minoh. Additionally, there are major transportation hubs in the same general area, Osaka International Airport, a major highway junction (“Suita”) shared by 3 Kansai expressways, and Shin-Osaka Station (a train station that also provides service for the bullet trains and the Osaka subway system). All three campuses are in quiet residential areas adjacent to and serviced by the Osaka Monorail lines.
The Toyonaka Campus
OSIPP ls located at the Toyonaka campus is on a hill so its just a gentle slope climb away from the nearest stations: Ishibashi (Hankyu Takarazuka Line) or Shibahara (Osaka Monorail). There is also a shopping area in front of Ishibashi station. All the campuses are linked with the Inter-Campus Shuttle Bus during term times, and the Osaka Monorail.
The Toyonaka Campus is home to nine of Osaka University’s School/Graduate Schools.
Inter-Campus Shuttle Bus Service
A free shuttle bus service between the three campuses – Toyonaka, Suita and Minoh – is available.
Students and faculty and staff members can use these buses for attending classes, participating in extracurricular activities, and education and research-related activities on other campuses; however neither can use them for commuting.
Suita – Toyonaka: 30 minutes
Toyonaka – Minoh: 40 minutes
Minoh – Suita: 15 minutes
Health and Counseling Center
The Health and Counseling Center is divided into two divisions, the Health Care Center and the Counseling and Support Division, to provide health and counseling services to help students solve their problems and also provides support for their extra-curricular social activities. The Counseling and Support Division consists of three units: Student Disability Services, Student Counseling and Consultation Services, and Career Development Services.
The Center also works in coordination with the Harassment Counseling Offices, the Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences, and schools.
The Center for International Education and Exchange (CIEE) has three offices: main office on the Suita campus and branch offices on Toyonaka and Minoh campuses. CIEE provides international students seeking jobs in Japan with job counseling services and job hunting information. It also provides Japanese Language Programs and serves as a coordinator for short-term programs such as OUSSEP.
The Information Room for International Students (IRIS) in the CIEE provides information about financial aid, housing, international exchange activities, and more.
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Dealing with Problems and Emergencies
OSIPP and Osaka University strives to create an environment supportive of education, research, and work. The only way this goal can be achieved is for all members of the university community to work together in eliminating all types of harassment.
Harassment takes many forms. We aim to eliminate these 3!
Sexual harassment refers to any unwanted sexual comments or behavior by a faculty, staff, or student directed at another faculty, staff, student, or other person – unwanted sexual comments or behavior that takes advantage of the relationship(s) between the offender and victim.
Academic harassment refers to any inappropriate and unfair comments or behavior by faculty, staff, or student about another individual’s research, education, or study — comments and behavior unfairly and inappropriately taking advantage of the offender’s official position, authority, or relationship(s) with the victim
Primarily a labor issue, power harassment refers to any inappropriate and unfair comments or behavior by faculty or staff about the work of another faculty or staff member — comments or behavior unfairly and inappropriately taking advantage of the offender’s official position, authority, or relationship(s) with the victim.
Weather Warnings and Emergencies
In the case of a “storm warning” [boufuu-keihou] or “emergency warning” [tokubetsu-keihou] being issued for Toyonaka, Suita, Ibaraki, and/or Minoh, classes including the Institute for Higher Education Research and Practice, will be canceled as noted below:
- If the warning is canceled by 6:00 a.m.: All classes will be held as usual.
- If the warning is canceled by 9:00 a.m.: Afternoon classes will be held.
- If the warning is not canceled by 9:00 a.m.: Classes will be canceled for the day.
More Information will be on OU site
Osaka University International Students Association (OUISA)
To make a better community of International Students
OUISA is a volunteer organization and the moment you register as a foreign student at Osaka University you become a member of OUISA. But if you are interested in playing an active role in OUISA please feel free to talk to us or visit.
You may be a short-term exchange student, or an undergraduate or graduate student who will be studying at Osaka University for a longer period. Yet you may want to meet other likeminded students and share experiences, organize and participate in events and most importantly make friends.
BSP (Brothers and Sisters Program), Osaka University
Making the most of international exchange
The BSP (Brothers and Sisters Program) is an international-exchange circle which supports international students in Osaka University.
In this circle, international students can get help and have the chance to communicate with local students. In addition, BSB does campus tours for the new exchange students, and holds international parties and lunchtime gatherings for those Osaka University students who are interested in international exchange.
BSP offices can be found in all three campuses.