Osaka YMCA
International School

For our students, faculty and families, Osaka YMCA International School is much more than a school. It’s a dynamic and close-knit community bonded by an unwavering commitment to the personal and academic success of our students.

OYIS has a rolling admissions process for foreign passport holders if vacancies are available. All applications are accepted online. Review our application steps or start your application now.

We know that the school you choose for your child is an extremely important decision that impacts your whole family. Our commitment is therefore to provide more than information – it is to allow you to truly experience OYIS.

The Annual OYIS Scholarship Exam & Open House

Scholarship Information Session

Families who are new to the OYIS community are encouraged to stay during the exam to attend an information session by the Principal and Vice-Principal.

Osaka YMCA International School is the only IB continuum school in Osaka City. It offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Diploma Programme. 

OYIS is also the only school in Osaka City to be authorized to hold the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). This is used by many universities around the world to decide which applicants receive offers.

OYIS Scholarship Information Session Date: 
When: Wednesday November 23, 2022 (10am-12.30pm)
Who: Parents and student interested in the Scholarship
Where: Osaka YMCA International School, 9th floor, 1-5-6, Tosabori, Nishi-ku, Osaka, 550-0001

OYIS Scholarship Exam

We are proud to announce our annual Scholarship Exams. These will be held on Wednesday November 23 from 10am-12.30pm at our Tosabori campus.

Students who are eligible for Grades 10 or 11 in August 2023 are invited to take the 2022 Scholarship Exam. This exam is the first step to potentially receiving the OYIS Achievement Award.

The OYIS Achievement Award seeks to recognize academic excellence, community engagement, and international mindedness. This is an opportunity for students entering Grade 10 or 11 in 2023 to earn up to a 100% scholarship. The process includes writing a scholarship exam, writing a personal essay, and an interview. Only successful exam takers will advance to the interview stage.

OYIS Scholarship Exam Date: 
When: Wednesday November 23, 2022 (10am-12.30pm)
Who: Any students (current or new) entering Grades 10 & 11 in August 2023
Where: Osaka YMCA International School, 9th floor, 1-5-6, Tosabori, Nishi-ku, Osaka, 550-0001

There is no fee to take the exam.

Your OYIS Admissions Journey


  1. Submit a Registration of Interest (ROI) (also known as an inquiry) on the OYIS website. There is no cost to submitting an ROI.
  2. You will be contacted by admissions personnel. Admissions personnel will let you know if there are spots available in your desired grade(s).
  3. Before moving on and submitting your application, please make sure to review our Admissions Policy, in particular the sections on Eligibility Requirements and Application Timing.
  4. If you are unsure about whether your child is eligible for admission or have questions regarding any other aspect of the admissions process, please contact our Admissions Office at [email protected]
Submit an InquiryStep 1


  1. Submit an application appropriate to your child's desired grade, either Early Childhood - Grade 9, or Grade 10-12.
  2. There is a fee to submit upon application to OYIS. Once you click "submit," you will be asked to pay via credit card. JCB, Visa, MasterCard are all allowed.
  3. If appropriate, your child may be interviewed and/or asked to sit a placement exam(s).
  4. Submitting an application, participating in an interview, and/or taking an exam does not guarantee your child admittance to OYIS.
  5. To be considered for admission, you must complete the checklist in OpenApply and submit all the necessary documents, payments, and paperwork to OYIS. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Step 2


  1. When your admission decision is available, OYIS will send you the decision letter by email. If an offer of admission has been made, OYIS asks that you contact our Admissions Office within one week to confirm your intention to enroll.
  2. At this point in the process, if you intend to enroll, please expect an invoice for the school's Registration Fee.
Step 3


  1. Once you accept the offer of admission and we receive payment of the Registration fee, OYIS will enroll you into our systems.
  2. An enrolled student will receive an invoice of tuition and other required fees. At least a partial payment must be received by OYIS before the student starts school.
  3. At this time, parents are invited to sign up for school services.
Step 4


Every May, families fill-out a simple digital form indicating their intentions for the following school year.

Step 5

What do our parents have to say?​

Our choosing of OYIS was an easy one as we were attracted to its thriving IB programme and community-mindedness in both local and global contexts.  On our children's first day at school, we were instantly welcomed with warm smiles and an invitation to the parent social networks, which greatly eased our transition into Japan while making lasting friendships with many school families along the way.  The school environment is comfortable and safe for students, and parents can also access the school grounds for morning drop off and afternoon pick up and be welcomed with a hello from a school principal and/or the school director. As an OYIS parent, I would definitely recommend the school as an inspiring, bright place where your child and family can grow from strength to strength.

Trish P., Australia,

OYIS Parent 2 years

We found out about OYIS last year and the more we visited and met the teachers and staff, the more we were impressed with their passion for teaching children. When our son joined in April, the teachers as well as the other students were so warm and welcoming and really made him feel at ease.

In this time of uncertainty, the entire OYIS staff really went out of their way to provide a fantastic online learning environment and experience. He has enjoyed each and every day and is really looking forward to learning with teachers and other students that are engaging, fun, helpful, encouraging and filled with life.

The OYIS parent community has also been so welcoming and as a family we are really so grateful that we found out about OYIS. 

Nathan & Kayo, US/Japan

OYIS Parents 1 years


OYIS provides a warm and welcoming environment for both students and parents of all nationalities. They offer a rich, IB authorized program for students. The classes with a wide range of extracurricular activities at OYIS are interactive, engaging, and enjoyable. As a parent, I truly appreciate that the teachers, office staff, and the administration members at OYIS are always there to support you and are opened to build a positive relationship with the parents. 

Lulu Kawakami, Japan

OYIS Parent 2 years

훌륭한 선생님들, 미래에 대한 비전을 가진 멋진 교장선생님, 따뜻한 공동체 그리고 에너지가 넘치는 학생들.  OYIS는 우리 가족에게 최고의 선택이었습니다. 미래에 대한 야심찬 비전을 가진 열정적인 선생님들이 우리 아이들을 잘 조직된 IB 프로그램으로 안내해 주셨습니다. 미래의 불확실성에 대처할 수 있도록 우리 아이들은 평생 학습자에게 필요한 학습 능력을 익히고 있습니다. 따듯한 커뮤니티의 환영하는 분위기는 대도시인 오사카에서의 우리 가족의 삶을 훨씬 더 편하게 만들어 주었습니다.

OYIS has great teachers, amazing leaders with vision, heartwarming community, and students full of energy! It has been the best choice for our family. I appreciate the passionate teachers with ambitious visions for the future who have been guiding my children into the well-organized IB programs. They acquire learning skills that help them to become life-long learners, so as to tackle future uncertainty. The welcoming community environment has made our life much easier in the big city of Osaka. 

Sarah Son, South Korea

OYIS Parent 1 year


My daughter has spent 3 exciting and significant years in OYIS where education reaches far beyond textbooks. She is gradually equipped with skills for learning, teamwork, critical thinking, responsibilities, and other essential skills that surely benefit her tremendously. Apart from the curriculum, she is able to enjoy the fun and pleasure of dance, music, baking, arts, writing, and many more. We appreciate how teachers at OYIS provide her with sufficient support and guidance for her to explore and challenge herself.

Anonymous Parent, China

OYIS Parent

Osaka YMCA International School in Osaka is more than just a school - it is a community.  We enrolled our son in the first grade and he is now in sixth and we could not be happier with his development.  Through the years he has developed the skills to exceed academically, as well as socially. The attentive and thoughtful faculty have fostered an environment of respect, tolerance, curiosity and responsibility.  I wish I had been educated in this environment when I was a child.  The teachers, from music to science to physical education, are culturally respectful and progressive in their approach.  In addition, this school brings together the international community in the greater Osaka area with many extra curricular events that both students and parents can participate in.  It is a school and a community and a great education for the next generation.

Jungmi Kim, South Korea

OYIS Parent 6 years

The OYIS program had all of the elements we wanted for our daughter, such as strong, supportive teachers, a multicultural mindset, and an emphasis on critical thinking. We also admire the push for community-mindedness both within the school and beyond the campus. The program has academic heft, but is designed so that the kids develop their own creativity and resourcefulness as well. These are the real skills needed in the future. We had looked at several options for our daughter when we decided to return to Japan last year. OYIS was absolutely the right choice. 

Jason Jenkins, USA

OYIS Parent 1 Year

Campus Services

Frequently asked questions

Before submitting your application, please make sure to review our Admissions Policy. If you are unsure about whether your child is eligible for admission or have questions regarding any other aspect of the admissions process, please contact our Admissions Office at [email protected].

When you are ready to apply, please submit an online application here Preschool – Grade 9 or Grade 10 – Grade 12. Most of the information can be completed online, but there will be some documentation to send in separately. You will find detailed instructions in the online application.

*At the moment, due to COVID-19, visitations to campus are limited. Please contact the admissions office with specific inquiries.*

Alternatively you may email: [email protected]

We welcome children of all nationalities whose families are committed to an international educational curriculum in English, including children of Japanese nationals who have been educated exclusively or primarily in non-Japanese schools overseas or at other accredited international schools in Japan.

English is the language of instruction in all grades, and the ability to successfully access the curriculum within a reasonable time and to thrive in our English-language learning environment is the guiding principle for admission to the school. 

OYIS is based on two campuses: the main Nakatsu campus and the Tosabori campus.

The Nakatsu campus is the original home of OYIS, and is located near Osaka’s largest transportation and shopping hub. It is the home base of our youngest students, including early childhood and elementary students.

Address: 6 Chome-7-34 Nakatsu, Kita Ward, Osaka, 531-0071, Japan

The Tosabori campus was opened in 2020 and is home to the upper grades at OYIS. It is located in the Osaka YMCA’s headquarters building in the heart of the business district, about 2.5km away from the Nakatsu school building.

Address: 1-chōme−5−6 9F, Tosabori, Nishi Ward, Osaka, 550-0001, Japan

Early Childhood Program: Our aim is to keep the student-teacher ratio low, so we have a maximum class size of 20 and support their learning with one lead teacher and one main assistant.

Grades 1-3: In Grade 1 through Grade 3, the maximum class size is 25 students per classroom with one lead teacher and one main assistant. 

A team of additional teaching assistants is available for Grades 1 to 6 to support homeroom teachers with specific tasks and EAL.

Grades 4-12: Maximum 25 students per class. Teacher assistants are made available as needed.

OYIS has rolling admissions and often welcomes students in April. Please note that students leaving the Japanese school system having graduated in March will re-enter OYIS at the same grade level in April to finish the OYIS school year in June.

Yes. Our language and support team provides support to emerging (beginning) English communicators  and their subject teachers using a variety of methods which may include:

  • Co-teaching
  • 1:1 and/or small group teaching
  • Scaffolded assignments and simplified readings
  • Differentiated assessments

There is a yearly fee charged by the school for additional English support. Fees may be refundable for students leaving the school early or exiting the program during the school year.

All teachers at OYIS have a minimum of a teaching certificate and are qualified in the subject area they teach.

Many of our teachers have additional degrees, ranging from Masters to Doctorates. Teachers spend time every year engaging in professional development supported by the school in order to stay up-to-date with modern teaching practices and techniques.

No, there are no boarding facilities available at OYIS.

The list of tuition and fees can be found on our Tuition and Fees page.

In the PYP, MYP, and DP the language of instruction is English. All students are required to take two language courses throughout their studies at OYIS. We currently offer English and Japanese language courses.

OYIS will offer Language A: School-Supported Self-Taught (SSST) alternative courses in the DP. These courses are for students whose first or best language is neither English nor Japanese. For more information, please contact the DP coordinator, Jamie Riddalls: [email protected]

OYIS provides a school bus to and from designated train stations around the Nakatsu campus area in the mornings and afternoons for students who require the service.

The Tosabori campus, in the heart of the business district, is easily accessible by public transportation and is not on the school bus route. OYIS works with public transportation companies in Osaka to provide students with discounted commuter passes.

In cases where students move between campuses during the school day, OYIS provides a shuttle bus at no extra cost.

OYIS is made up of teachers who exemplify the school values and people like that come from all over the world! Our staff hail countries as far away as New Zealand, Mexico, and Canada, and the US, and as close by as South Korea and Japan itself. All classes (excluding foreign language classes and Japanese class) are taught exclusively in English. That being said, many of our staff are multilingual and are also trained in English language support.

Upon the successful completion of the document review process, a personal interview with the Administration will be scheduled with the applicant and at least one parent.

We recognize that applicants living outside Japan may not be able to schedule a personal interview at OYIS until their families move to the Osaka area.
Technology, such as Skype or Zoom, can be used to conduct a preliminary interview.

Yes, OYIS offers several types of scholarships. (All spots are full for the current year.)

Achievement Award:
The OYIS achievement award seeks to recognize academic excellence, community engagement and international mindedness. This is an opportunity for students entering grade 9 or 10 to earn up to a 100% scholarship. The process includes writing a scholarship exam, writing a personal essay and concludes with an interview. Details of the award are released in January with testing taking place in February annually.

Community Support Financial Grant:
The goal of the Community Support Financial Grant (CSFG) is to help families in the community that are in need of international education but may be unable to afford the full cost of attending an international school. Scholarships will be awarded to families chosen by the scholarship committee and officially approved by the OYIS Governing Board.

Qualification Criteria:

  • Understand and support the educational philosophy of OYIS
  • Be in financial need
  • Support the school by volunteering their time
  • Be a member of either the Parent Volunteer Group or Parent Ambassador group
  • Submit documents that verify their family income for the present and past school year
  • Be a positive supporter of the school
  • The child and at least one parent should try to communicate with the school in English.

Applications for the CSFG open in February and March annually.

Life in Osaka, Japan

In the heart of the Kansai, Osaka is known as the “second city” of Japan. As any Japanese person will tell you, living in Osaka is very different from Tokyo. It’s often described as “gritty”, but Osaka is also a lot of fun and has arguably some of the best food in Japan. Some people even call it “Japan’s kitchen.” It even has its own dialect!

An hour ride from the ancient hearts of Japan – Kyoto and Nara – Osaka is a city where traditions meet modernity. As you might expect, transportation is excellent.

Osaka has excellent connections with the rest of the country by rail, with Tokyo two and a half hours away on the bullet train and Kyoto about 30 minutes. It also has a first-class international airport and a busy port, with ferries departing to various destinations all over Japan, and further afield.

Japan is a very safe place and it’s unlikely you would have any trouble walking alone at night. As an expat you’re more likely to be approached and have someone try to practice their English on you than anything else. That being said, you should take the same precautions you’d take in any other big city, just to be sure.

For more information, check out this website about living in Osaka:

Our Teachers

What ingredients go into making an OYIS teacher?

A teacher at OYIS approaches their students with creativity, flexibility, care, and compassion. They are themselves lifelong learners who aim to develop the same interest in their students. Their pedagogical approaches and belief systems are at the core of their excellence as teachers.

An OYIS teacher will approach the whole student with inquiry-based instruction, and with the intention of shaping their students into socially responsible citizens.

We are seeking individuals who are defined by these key attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs: international-mindedness, open-mindedness, flexibility, collaboration, universality of good teaching, and love of their jobs.

Homeroom teachers2
Homeroom teachers

Bus Service


Providing safe transportation for children to and from school and school-related activities is the top priority of Osaka YMCA International School. School bus transportation is available to assist families with student transportation to and from school. Our buses travel to local transportation hubs, including Umeda, Honmachi and Fukushima in order to provide a safe and simple way for students to access the school from all over Osaka.

Bus Routes

Bus routes are revised annually according to shifts in our bus riders and are designed to accommodate the transportation needs of our students as efficiently as possible with students spending an average of only 20-30 minutes on the bus.

Bus Safety

In order to ensure the safety of all bus riders, parents and students should become familiar with the bus rules and procedures posted on each bus and in detail in the parent portal.

Bus Capacity

When a school bus reaches its full capacity, wait-lists will be created and students will be able to register for using the bus once a seat becomes available. Students on wait-lists will have priority for seat registration if seats become available within the school year.

After-School Care

OYIS understands that many families have two working parents, and therefore offers After-School Care (ASC) for children in Preschool through Grade 3. 

After School Care is a care service provided for students in PS to Grade 3.
The care service only runs on school days

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 15:45-17:30 pm;
Wednesday: 2:00-17:30.
The use of the service will cost 1500 yen per session per child.

ASC booking can be made in SchoolsBuddy.

School Lunch

OYIS offers a daily catered school lunch at the Nakatsu campus for preschool through grade 8. 

Our school lunch is catered daily by Caesar’s Kitchen, which provides lunch boxes in three different sizes: small, medium, and large.

Lunches for students with allergies are available. Parents can opt to use the school lunch on a monthly basis. 






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