To prepare the students for operating in a “global” society, and make “internationalism” an essential component of daily life, we at the Graduate School of Science and the School of Science, are actively promoting a mode of study that involves: (1) The opportunity to mix inside and outside class with classmates from as wide a variety as possible of national or cultural backgrounds; (2) Daily use of more than one language; (3) A curriculum that gives insight into how to examine society (and oneself) from various angles international exchange; and (4) A curriculum that develops awareness of the problems society faces, and equips students to tackle the problems rationally and confidently. In the pursuit of academic excellence, world cooperation, and the university motto “Live Locally, Grow Globally”, apart from carrying out international collaborative researches, and the academic exchange of researchers, we also have active undergraduate and graduate-level exchange programs with prestigious universities in all six inhabited continents. These exchange programs are aimed at broadening the students’ awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live, perfecting their language skills and gaining knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues that the world faces today. Furthermore, experiences gained from these exchange program would equip the students to become better leaders who welcome challenges and challenge the status quo.
1. For Japanese Government funded Students (MEXT-funded Scholars/Students)
Recruitment is carried out through overseas Japanese embassies and education ministries in each country and universities. The recruitment method/period varies from country to country. Applicants are selected through document reviews, interviews, and written tests conducted at the Japanese embassies. Successful candidates are provided with one year preparatory training in Japan, after which they are enrolled in a university chosen by the selection committee of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). For more details, please inquire at your corresponding government ministry (e.g., ministry of education) or the Japanese embassy or consulate in your country. (cf.,http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html)
See also Study in JAPAN Comprehensive Guide.
2. For Privately funded Students (non-MEXT-funded Scholars/Students)
(1)The same selection procedure as Japanese students applies
In this two-step procedure, one must first take the National Center for University Entrance Examination (NCUEE) [Daigaku-Nyushi-Center-Shiken]; those who pass then take a second entrance exam administered by the university.
NCUEE: Write to the Center at 2-19-23 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo 153-8501, Japan, or call them at +81-3-3465-8600.
Second exam: Write to the Admissions Division, Osaka University, 1-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan or call +81-6-6879-7097.
(2) Special Selection Procedure for Graduates of Overseas High Schools (Foreigners who do not have permanent visa status)
Selection is conducted through document reviews, scores on the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) and TOEFL, an essay, and an interview.
EJU exam: cf., http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/eju/index.html
Special Class-1 Screening Test (for foreign students with non-permanent visa status): Write to the Admissions Division, Osaka University, 1-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan or call +81-6-6879-7097.
3. Degree program taught in English
Chemistry/Biology combined major program offers students a new opportunity to learn two fundamental and interacting fields and prepare them to the challenges of rapidly advancing scientific frontier. For details, visit http://cbcmp.icou.osaka-u.ac.jp/
1. For Entry into the Master’s and Doctoral Programs
Selection is carried out using the same procedure as with Japanese students. Applicants for admission to either programs need to contact the head of the Admission Committee of the department in which they want to be enrolled. Applicants for admission to the Doctoral program also need to contact the provisional supervisor(s) in order to discuss the research plan and obtain their approval for the application: applicants must decide whom to contact as the provisional supervisor(s) among the professors introduced in the pamphlet; the provisional supervisor(s) will help applicants through the admission procedure.
2. To Enroll as a Research Student in the Graduate School
To be eligible, a person must be a non-Japanese national. The student conducts research for an extendable period of time, under the guidance of an academic supervisor.
(1) Regular selection procedure for graduate students: There is no difference in the procedure for Japanese students and overseas students, whether on government scholarships or privately-funded. However, those wishing to enter the graduate school as a research student under the MEXT scholarship program must fill out an application available at the Japanese embassy, which forwards it to MEXT.
(2) Recruitments for MEXT scholarships are carried out by Japanese embassies, ministries of education in each country, and universities, please address inquiries to these corresponding government agencies.
(3) Students admitted through this procedure are required to take the regular graduate entrance exam after one-half or one full year of tenure as a research student.
3. Degree programs taught in English
Special Integrated Science Course (M.S. and Ph.D.) is a graduate program for students having completed the chemistry/biology combined major program (CBCMP) or for those who finish undergraduate programs in biology, chemistry and macromolecular sciences. It is designed to train the next generation of cutting-edge scientists. For details, visit http://www.bio.sci.osaka-u.ac.jp/global30/SISC/HOME.html
The International Physics Course offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in many different fields of Physics, both in theory and experiment, from nuclear and particle physics to condensed matter physics and so on. Students also have the possibility to conduct research with large-scale lasers or accelerator facilities, and to participate in large-scale international collaborations. For details, visit http://www.rcnp.osaka-u.ac.jp/~ipc/
1. OUSSEP Program
Osaka University offers two program-types for international exchange students: 1.) the OUSSEP (Osaka University Short-Term Student Exchange Program) and 2.) the OUSSEP-Maple.
OUSSEP is an English speaking program with two study tracks: Full-year OUSSEP and Half-year OUSSEP. The Full-year track requires students to study selected courses in English earning up to 15 credits each semester, including Independent Study. The Half-year track (Spring Semester only) earns up to 15 credits in one semester. N.B. This program is not designed for those whose main focus during the exchange is Japanese language acquisition and Japanese culture immersion.
OUSSEP-Maple is a full-year program for students whose main interests are to advance their language skills in the Japanese language and understanding of Japanese culture. Participants are required to take Japanese language classes equivalent to 7 credit hours per semester. In addition to the Japanese classes, participants are able to broaden their academic experience by joining Japanese studies courses and other courses offered by other schools in the University as International Exchange Subjects for another 4 courses (8 credits) per semester.
2. FrontierLab@OsakaU for Engineering and Science Majors (English Language Program)
FrontierLab@OsakaU (aka APPRENTICE@JAPAN) is a research program at Osaka University for both undergraduate and graduate students in engineering and science. Osaka University is at the forefront of technological innovation in Japan and is recognized as one of the leading science universities in the world. FrontierLab@OsakaU offers students an opportunity to study with scientists who are top in their fields and with them push the frontiers of scientific advancement in the following research areas within the Osaka University Schools of Science, Engineering Science and Engineering:
3. Regular Short-term Exchange Program
This is a short-term study program for overseas students, organized independently by the School of Science. This program is also intended for students registered at foreign universities having a student exchange agreement with Osaka University; foreign students enrolled in this program study as Inter-College Auditors / Special Research Students at the Schools of Science without transferring their registration.
For further information, visit:
and / or contact:
Admission Division, Osaka Univeristy
1-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
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