Be a Part of Our Community

In 1844 a group of twelve young men led by George Williams founded the first Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in London. The YMCA’s main objective is to empower young people in the spirit of world peace and Christianity.

The Osaka YMCA was established in 1882, and since it’s inception, has been a leader in language education, college preparation, and health education. Osaka YMCA International
High School was founded in 1988 in order to further serve the communities’ needs for a specialized multi-lingual education.

YMCA boasts a world-wide network of facilities in over 130 countries our students have access to. Current programs consist of Hong Kong YMCA Study Tour, Macao YMCA Exchange Program, and other programs throughout YMCA facilities in Asia.

Our Unique Curriculum

The first year of high school is critical to long term academic success. Therefore, first year students at IHS take a limited number elective classes to focus on strengthening their foundation in English and Japanese. Students are encouraged to expand their interests through a higher number of elective courses offered in their second and third years.

Required Courses - English -

Each students’ language proficiency is evaluated on fluency, grammatical skill, and motivation. English core classes are separated into four levels based on this evaluation. In this environment students can learn confidently. Core classes are centered on the basic skills of speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. In addition, science, math, P.E., and art are also offered in English.

Required Courses - Japanese -

Japanese required courses at IHS are Contemporary Japanese, Classical Japanese, and Japanese History. Separate classes are offered during these times for returnee students and others with lower level Japanese proficiency, to provide an opportunity to further develop their Japanese skills at their own pace. These classes focus on grammar, composition, and Kanji.


Students can choose from a variety of elective courses to explore their interests in other subjects. We offer content-based classes in which the students use English or Japanese naturally, rather than merely studying them as a foreign language. Courses are offered in drama, history, sciences, social studies, and translation.

College Prep

Second and third year students can choose either overseas or domestic college preparation courses. Overseas prep covers SAT, TOEFL, IELTS. Domestic prep focuses on Eiken, TOEIC and the grammar, reading, and writing skills needed for university entrance exams.

Elective classes such as Drama and Model U.N. encourage students to express themselves outside of the classroom.

Small classes assure students of the personal attention needed to achieve their potential.

Student’s Timetable

Class schedules very for each student.

Classes written in Italic font are taught in English by English native speaking teachers 【Example】
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1   <English>
2 <English>
Intensive Reading
Extensive Reading
3 <P.E.> <English>
Elective Class
  Lunch Time
4 <English>
& Interpretation
<JapaneseHistory> <Modern Japanese> <Computer>
5 <Computer> <Japanese History> <Modern Japanese>
6   Elective Class
<Thai Language>
Elective Class
<Mode U.N.>
Track Oriented
Domestic /

Students who want to work on their study skills or need extra help with a challenging class are encouraged to stop by the after-school Study Hour, where they can get the extra help they need.

Extracurricular Activities

A Diverse Family

The IHS student body is represented by a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, interests, and ideals. We have students from throughout Japan as well as foreign countries whose language abilities in English and Japanese vary from beginner-level to fluent.

At IHS native Japanese, returnees, and international students, are in the same classes as students that have never been abroad, and even those recovering from truancy. In this atmosphere, students learn to respect each other by recognizing differences without focusing on them. We enjoy a low divide between freshmen and upperclassmen and encourage students from different grades to work together planning many of our school events.

In our classrooms, students are challenged to broaden their perspectives by exposing them to an environment where different opinions are welcomed.

At IHS, our diversity allows us to understand everyone’s uniqueness and foster a positive sense of self in the students.

  • Buliding relationships with ohters

    Overnight Camp in Rokko
    Marine Camp
    Ski Trip
    Volunteer Workshop


  • Touching other cultures

    Trip to New Zealand
    Trip to Thailand
    Cultural Exchange with YMCAs in Overseas
    Cultural Study Tour


  • Expressing yourself

    Model United Nations
    Speech Contest
    School Festival Stage Performances
    English Drama Recital


After Graduating IHS...

More than 98% of students
proceed to universities or colleges eather in Japan or Overseas.


Osaka Univ.
Doshisha Univ.
APU(Asia Pacific Univ.)
Ritsumeikan Univ.
ICU(International Christian Univ.)
Kwansei Gakuin Univ.
Kyoto Univ. of Foreign Studies



Temple Univ.
California State Univ.
San Francisco State Univ. (USA)
Mount Royal College (Canada)
Essex Univ. Keele Univ.
Warwick Univ. (U.K.)


Students' Voice

At Osaka YMCA IHS, everyone can get along with each other and have fun despite their age or grade level. I chose the Y because I wanted to take classes taught in English. As expected, I am fully enjoying learning English in various ways. Let’s have fun school life in a school which respects your personality!

The YMCA IHS is a rather unique school, in many ways. It has some very interesting traits that no other schools have, including close relationships between teachers and students, an easy-going schedule and a large selection of interesting elective classes. In this school, you can enjoy different flavors English (and other languages as well), and work to improve your language skill. The school also has interesting activities including a trip to Rokko, Thailand, and many more. All of these are really interesting as well as important ezperiences for the students forming friendships, bonds and memories together.

Osaka YMCA International High School

1-5-6 Tosabori Nishi-ku Osaka City, Osaka Japan

TEL +81-6-6441-0848
FAX +81-6-6443-7510