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Osaka University


Osaka University, or Handai, is a national university located in Osaka, Japan. It is the sixth oldest university in Japan as the Osaka Prefectural Medical College, and one of Japan's National Seven Universities.

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Osaka (大阪) is a city in the Kansai region of Japan's main island of Honshu. Historically the commercial center of Japan, Osaka functions as one of the command centers for the Japanese economy. The ratio between daytime and night time population is 141%, the highest in Japan, highlighting its status as an economic center. Its night-time population is 2.6 million, the third in the country, but in daytime the population surges to 3.7 million, second only after Tokyo.

Numerous prominent scientists have worked at Osaka University such as the Nobel Laureate in Physics, Hideki Yukawa.


The course syllabus is generally made available at the beginning of each academic year in March.
The University offers an elective Japanese Language Course that does not count towards course credits.

Language of Instruction: Japanese, however a large number of courses are available in English. See here for information about courses offered in EnglishLink to external website

Exchange students seeking admission to Osaka University must have JLPT N1/N2 for iExPO programme and JLPT N4 for Maple Program.

Information about the different exchange tracks are available on Osaka's website.

Restrictions: Law, Medicine, Allied Health Sciences and Dentistry are not open to exchange students. Most other courses generally require students to be proficient in the Japanese language to the level of JLPT N1 (Human Sciences, Foreign Studies and Engineering require students to have JLPT N2 proficiency). Students must be TOEFL iBT 80 proficient in the Japanese language to attend International Exchange Courses.

Course Workload: The minimum enrolment is 12 credits per semester for FrontierLab@OsakaU, 14 credits per semester for OUSSEP, 30 credits per academic year for Maple and the maximum enrolment is not set per semester. Students may find that they are studying around seven courses in a semester

Please note: Students seeking credit for Japanese language study while on exchange should see the Faculty of Arts eligibility requirement.

On-campus Accommodation is available, as well as at nearby Kansai University International Dormitory.

For more information, see the Osaka Housing Support ServiceLink to external website

Suita, Toyonaka and Minoh are the university's three campuses. Home to the university's headquarters, the Suita campus extends across Suita city and Ibaraki city in Osaka prefecture. The Suita campus houses faculties of Human Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Engineering. Because access to the campus by public transportation is relatively inconvenient, automobiles, motorcycles, and bicycles are commonly seen within the campus. While sports activities are primarily concentrated on the Toyonaka campus, tennis activities are concentrated on the Suita campus because of its many tennis facilities.

The Toyonaka campus is home to faculties of Letters, Law, Economics, Science, and Engineering Science. It is also the academic base for Graduate Schools of International Public Policy, Language and Culture, (a portion of) Information Science, and the Center for the Practice of Legal and Political Expertise.

The Minoh campus was incorporated following the merger with Osaka University of Foreign Studies in October 2007. The Minoh campus is home to School of Foreign Studies, Research Institute for World Languages, and Center for Japanese Language and Culture.

For more information, see the Osaka Exchange Student GuideLink to external website

Academic Dates: The Spring Term generally runs from early April to mid-June. The Fall semester generally runs from early October to early-December.

Scholarships: The University offers JASSO scholarships to the value of 80, 000 JPY for students undertaking short-term study in Japan. OU Scholarships are also available to exchange students, to the value of 80, 000 JPY.

Costs: Osaka University estimates the cost of living to be approximately 120, 000 JPY a month.

Health Insurance: All exchange students should purchase Japanese National Health Insurance for the duration of their time in Japan. The estimated cost is approximately 24,000 to 25,000 yen per year. Students also need to enrol in the Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research (PAS).

Visa Information: The Global Learning office is not legally permitted to provide advice relating to visas. For further information, contact the relevant embassy or consulate. Please do not ask the Global Learning office to assist with your visa application. We recommend that you go to the Smart Traveller websiteLink to external website  for links to your appropriate Consulate or Embassy.

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