International Business Exchange Program
Osaka University of Commerce (OUC)
Osaka University of Commerce (OUC) is a private institute for tertiary education, and is a part of the Tanioka Gakuen Educational Foundation. Its origin dates back to 1928, when the Osaka Joto School of Commerce was established. Osaka University of Commerce aims to offer comprehensive education towards our primary objective of "Nurturing Individuals Who Will Benefit the World", and "Fostering a Spirit of Venture".
Today, the university has two faculties, the economics and business administration, as well as the Graduate School of Regional Policy Studies, with approximately 5,000 students enrolled. There are multiple accessible facilities for students, including a library research center and study support center, which contains various study spaces as well as university personnel who are available to answer learning-related questions.
Osaka is the largest city in Western Japan. Although Osaka is Japan's second smallest prefecture in terms of area, it has the third largest population in Japan and boasts of having the country’s second largest economy after Tokyo. Osaka is a hub for global corporations such as Panasonic, Sharp, Daikin, and Nissei. Osaka has many universities, technical schools, and other educational institutions, which host over 10,000 international students. Osaka has evolved independently and has long been an important political and economic center.
The Kita (northern) district of Osaka, with Osaka station at its center, is home to many retail businesses, hotels, office buildings, and an enormous underground shopping complex. The Minami (southern) district offers one of the most popular shopping districts in Western Japan, and has an entertainment district with a history longer than that of Hollywood and Broadway. This area has many theaters where traditional arts, such as Kabuki, Bunraku, and Rakugo.
OUC offers courses in the following academic departments: Economics; Management; Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics and Management; Japanese Language (four different levels available); Global Studies; Business courses taught in English
Students will also take part in a business internship during their exchange term at OUC.
International Business majors will enroll in Business courses, Internship course, and Regional/Cultural courses during their exchange term at OUC.
Spring Semester: From April to August
Fall Semester: From September to March
Please note that early examinations/departures will not be approved. Students must be able to stay for the full program dates.
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Language of Instruction
Courses are taught in both English and Japanese.
International Business Majors must complete 2 upper division Japanese Language courses prior to departure.
Exchange program participants pay their regular full-time tuition/registration fees to SDSU to participate on the exchange program. Students are responsible for all other additional expenses such as passport, visa, airfare, housing, meals, books, etc. Refer to the budget sheet on blackboard for more information.
Housing and Meals
Housing/room & board expenses are not part of the SDSU exchange program. Students must arrange housing via their host institution or independently.
On-campus housing is not available. OUC provides off-campus housing for all exchange students. It is in a very convenient location, within walking distance of the OUC campus and close to supermarkets and convenience stores. Students will pay OUC for housing.
All participants must purchase the comprehensive CSU Comprehensive FTIP Insurance. Students will need to pay via SDSU Student Account Services. Approximately $300 for one-semester.
Students will also be required to purchase both SDSU Study Abroad Health Insurance and the Japan national host insurance offered by Japan upon arrival. The Japanese insurance provides medical coverage during your stay in and within Japan (it does not apply once you leave Japan).
Exchange participants are responsible for purchasing airfare. Hold-off on purchasing airfare until a Letter of Acceptance is issued by your host university (one-semester prior to going abroad). The Letter of Acceptance is issued typically 4-6 weeks after students apply to the host university and will contain official program dates.
Student Visa Requirement
U.S.A. citizens are required to obtain a Student Visa to study abroad in Japan for one semester or longer. The visa process varies by nationality, length of program, and consulate of jurisdiction.
For information about visa requirements, visit the Japanese Consulate website.
Below you will find information on student visa for Southern California residents:
SDSU (1 year prior)
International Business majors must apply one-year prior to anticipated term abroad via Aztecs Abroad by clicking "Apply Now" on the button above.
Host University (1 semester prior)
After being approved by SDSU, students will also need to complete the application process for their host university. Students will receive an email with application instructions after the add/drop deadline (titled Post Decision).
International Business majors refer to SDSU blackboard for eligibility criteria
International Business majors: apply 1 year prior to intended term abroad
December 17th for the Fall Semester
May 12th for the Spring Semester
All other majors: apply 1 semester prior to intended term abroad.
February 20th for Fall Semester
September 20th for Spring Semester