Osaka YMCA International School is an independent, not-for-profit, co-educational preschool-Grade 12 day school established in 2001 to serve the needs of the bicultural, international, and internationally-minded community of the Kansai region of Japan. OYIS serves students whose parents work in the international business community, as well as Japanese nationals and other long-term foreign residents of the Kansai region. Osaka is traditionally considered Japan’s economic hub and it is the largest city in western Japan. Due to its central location and its role as an international port city, many of our students commute to school, even from other prefectures like Hyogo, Kyoto, and Shiga.
OYIS is an inclusive school, and we enroll students with diverse interests, creative talents, and service-oriented ideals, who benefit both from the programs we offer and the opportunity to achieve the objectives of our mission.
The first Japanese YMCA was established in Tokyo in 1880, followed by the establishment of the local YMCAs throughout Japan, including Osaka in 1882.
The Osaka YMCA has always worked with the people in communities of need, especially the elderly, young people, and those suffering from poverty. The Y has also been involved in crisis response, such as assisting during and after fires, floods, earthquakes, and even during worldwide pandemics.
Members of the YMCA seek to develop their individual capacities to the fullest. They work together as a global movement that aspires to build healthy and strong communities that can peacefully coexist.