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December 13, 2019

2020 International Summer Program

About the International Summer Program
The International Summer Program at the Graduate School of Science (GSS) is an intensive research internship for overseas students majoring in natural sciences and related fields in sciences. This program will provide students with an opportunity to acquire an experience of research-based studies in assigned research groups of the GSS. Thematic studies will be conducted under close supervision by the host professors through experiments, discussions, and group work among the team members at the GSS. This program will be a platform for students to train their ability for research in the future. In addition to an opportunity for a leading research work experience in science, the program includes social and cultural activities to promote a better understanding of the Japanese culture and build good relationships with students at Osaka University. Also, for the students who are interested in enrolling in the GSS international graduate programs, the relevant information will be provided. At the end of the program, the students are requested to make oral presentations about their achievements in the program. Participants who successfully completed the program will be awarded a certificate from the GSS.

※ If you want to find out more about the research groups at the Graduate School of Science, click the name of the department below.
Department of Mathematics
Department of Physics
Department of Chemistry
Department of Biological Sciences
Department of Macromolecular Science
Department of Earth and Space Science

Program period
Thursday 16 July – Thursday 27 August 2020

The international summer program is designed for undergraduate or graduate students who have a sensibility and intellectual curiosity about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Applicants must be enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree program in universities outside of Japan.

Application process
Step1: Submit the application-document package
One reference letter from a faculty member at your home university should be included in the application document package (application form,current transcript,one reference letter,study plan,and autobiography). Fill in the application form and send it directly to ri-summerprogram@sci.osaka-u.ac.jp. A host lab at the GSS will be selected on the basis of the reference letter and the study plan of the applicant.

Step 2: Selection announcement
The selection result will be notified to individual students by email. At this stage, the successful students will receive further information about visa, accommodation etc.

Tuition fee: 57,600 JPY
Accommodation fee: 15,000 ~ 25,000 JPY
Travelling and living expenses: at the participants expense
※ The tuition fee will be waived for students enrolled at the universities that have a student exchange agreement with the GSS, Osaka University. The bench fee for the international summer program will be fully waived.

A limited number of qualified students will receive a JASSO scholarship. A fixed amount of scholarship is awarded during the program duration.

Program contents
– Campus Tour
– Hands-on research work in the lab
– Oral Presentations by all participants
– Certificate, Welcome reception, Farewell party
– Social and Cultural Programs with OU students

Time Schedule
Monday 9 March 2020 Application deadline
All the application documents must be submitted via email to

April to June: Announcement of the selection results
Arrangement for Travel (visa, accommodation, etc.)

16 July to 27 August 2020: International Summer Program
ISP students will conduct a research project under the mentorship of a faculty member in the host lab, participate in various activities such as lab visits, campus tours, field trips, etc. The students are requested to make oral presentations about their achievements on the scheduled day at the end of the program.
※ All participants should arrive in Osaka one day before the course date: 17 July 2020.

Early of September: Submission of Assignments
Submit an essay and a questionnaire by 7 September 2020

Contact us
If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact us by email.
Email address: ri-summerprogram@sci.osaka-u.ac.jp

2020 ISP Overview PDF
2020 ISP Poster
2020 ISP Application Form

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