Osaka University of Foreign Studies, abbreviated to OUFS or Ōsaka gaidai, Hangaidai, Hangai or Daigaidai is a public coeducational research university in Minoh, Osaka, Japan. It is dedicated to area studies and the study of foreign languages and their related cultures.
Osaka University of Foreign Studies (OUFS) was one of Japan’s only two national universities specialized in foreign studies. Initially OUFS offered foreign language education in 9 World languages. The number eventually increased to 25, in accordance with OUFS’s development as Japan’s major center for foreign language education and research. A merger with Osaka University happened on October 1, 2007, upon which Osaka University of Foreign Studies became the foreign language department of Osaka University. Students applying for entry to OUFS for the 2008 academic year will do so through Osaka University.