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International Exchange

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.

Admission Guidelines for International Students

I. For Entry into the School of Science

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.
For inquiries:
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.
For inquiries:
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/


II. For Entry into the Graduate School of Science

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/


III. Short-Term Programs

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.

cf., http://ex.isc.osaka-u.ac.jp/oussep/about/caleindex.html


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:

  • Nanotechnology and Molecular Science
  • Life Science and Biotechnology
  • Systems and Robotics
  • Computing and Information Science
  • Advanced Materials Science
  • Photon Science
  • Other Emerging Fields

cf., http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/international/inbound/exchange_program/frontierlab


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.


IV. For further information

For further information, visit:

Undergraduate Admissions for Privately-funded International Students (Japanese version)

and / or contact:
Admission Division, Osaka Univeristy
1-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan


※Please replace「#」with「osaka-u.ac.jp」

tel/fax: +81-6-6879-7097/7099


Number of International Students

Region Country 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Asia Korea 10 14 9 10 6 8 11 13 1
  China 12 9 3 10 12 15 26 39 45
  Hong Kong             1 1 1
  Taiwan 1 1       1   5 4
  Philippines           1 2 5 6
  Vietnam 3 6 9 9 9 6 3 8 11
  Thailand       1 1 1 1 1 4
  Malaysia 1 1       3 4 4 5
  Shingapore             1 3 3
  Indonesia 1 2 3 4 4 3 3 3 7
  Myanmar   1 1 1          
  Bangladesh   1 2 3 3 3 3 2 1
  India 3 4 4 3 3 4 3 6 6
  Sri Lanka 1 1         1 2 2
  Saudi Arabia 1                
  Iran         1 1 1    
  Jordan           1 2 2 2
  Turkey         1 1 1 3 3
  Israel               1 1
Africa Egypt 1 1 2 2 1 1 1    
  Sudan                 1
Oceania Australia           1      
  New Zealand 1 1 1 1 1 1      
Canada 1   1   1 2 2 2 2
  USA     1   1 2 2 2 4
Colombia       1 1     1 1
  Brazil               3 3
  México                 1
Europe UK     1 1 1   1   1
  France   1   1   1      
  Netherlands   3           1  
  Germany       1 2   1   1
  Sweden             1   1
  Hungary   1 1 1     1    
  Rumania 1 2 2 2 1        
  Bulgaria 2 2 1 1 1        
  Greece 1           1 1  
  Estonia               1 1
  Finland               1  
Total   40 51 41 52 50 57 73 108 131

List of Partner Universities and Institutes (1 July 2012)

University Country
University of Washington U.S.A.
Texas A&M University U.S.A.
Nazareth College of Rochester U.S.A.
Wesleyan College U.S.A.
University of California U.S.A.
Cornell University U.S.A.
The University of Georgia U.S.A.
Boston University U.S.A.
Rice University U.S.A.
Purdue University U.S.A.
Università degli Studi di Perugia Italy
Institut Teknologi Bandung Indonesia
Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia
Alexandria University Egypt
The Australian National University Australia
Monash University Australia
The University of Queensland Australia
The University of Adelaide Australia
The University of Vienna Austria
Delft University of Technology Netherlands
University of Groningen Netherlands
Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
McMaster University Canada
McGill University Canada
University of British Columbia Canada
The Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities Canada
Canada-Japan Strategic Student Exchange Program Canada
University of Montreal Canada
Canada’s National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics (TRIUMF) Canada
University of Toronto Canada
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Swizerland
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Sweden
Karolinska Institutet Sweden
University of Gothenburg Sweden
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Spain
University of Valladolid Spain
Chulalongkorn University Thailand
Mahidol University Thailand
Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health Thailand
Kasetsart University Thailand
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi Thailand
Thammasat University Thailand
Chiang Mai University Thailand
Yonsei University Korea
Chonnam National University Korea
Pusan National University Korea
Seoul National University Korea
Gyeongsang National University Korea
Chungnam National University Korea
Hanyang University Korea
Chung-Ang University Korea
Changwon National University Korea
National Cheng Kung University Taiwan
National Taiwan University Taiwan
National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
National Chiao Tung University Taiwan
Xi’an Jiaotong University China
Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
Wuhan University China
Peking University China
Zhejiang University China
Nanjing University China
Fudan University China
Tsinghua University China
Beijing Normal University China
Tongji University China
The Chinese University of Hong Kong China
The Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences China
South China University of Technology (Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering) China
The University of Copenhagen Denmark
Ludwig-Maximilians- University of Munich Germany
Technische Universität München Germany
RWTH Aachen University Germany
Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Germany
University of Augsburg Germany
Bielefeld University Germany
Heidelberg University Germany
Ruhr ?University Bochum Germany
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main Germany
The Industrialised Countries Instrument Education Cooperation Programme Germany,Sweden,Netherlands
Istanbul University Turkey
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Hungary
De La Salle University Philippines
Ateneo de Manila University Philippines
University of the Philippines Philippines
Åbo Akademi University Finland
University of Helsinki Finland
Universidade de São Paulo Brazil
University of Strasbourg France
Grenoble Universités(Consortium of Universities in Grenoble) France
Consortium Francais du Collège Doctoral Franco-Japonais (CDFJ) France
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique France
École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris France
Pierre & Marie Curie University France
Vietnam National University, Hanoi Vietnam
Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology (Institute of Physics and Electronics) Vietnam
Pontifical Catholic University of Peru Peru
Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) Belgium
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Malaysia
University of Malaya Malaysia
National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico
National University of Mongolia Mongolia
The University of Nottingham U.K.
University College London U.K.
Imperial College London U.K.
University of Leeds U.K.
University of Warwick(Faculty of Science) U.K.
The University of Sheffield U.K.
Moscow State University Russia
St. Petersburg State Technical University Russia
Saint Petersburg State University Russia