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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


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.ciee.osaka-u.ac.jp/oussep/eindex.html

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


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.

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


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 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Asia Bangladesh 3 3 3 2 1 1 1 2 3 3
  China 12 15 26 39 45 47 47 47 48 46
  Hong Kong     1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2
  India 3 4 3 6 6 8 7 6 7 7
  Indonesia 4 3 3 3 7 7 7 7 12 16
  Korea 6 8 11 13 14 13 12 15 17 19
  Macau               1 2 2
  Malaysia   3 4 4 5 5 8 9 12 13
  Mongolia             1 1 1 1
  Nepal             1 1    
  Philippines   1 2 5 6 6 5 6 5 2
  Singapore     1 3 3 4 5 3 1  
  Sri Lanka     1 2 2 1 1 2 2 3
  Taiwan   1   5 4 6 3 4 5 8
  Thailand 1 1 1 1 4 2 4 6 8 4
  Vietnam 9 6 3 8 11 10 12 13 10 15
Middle East Iran 1 1 1     1 1 1 1 1
  Jordan   1 2 2 2 2 1 1    
  Israel       1 1 1 1      
  Turkey 1 1 1 3 3 3 1 1 1 2
Africa Egypt 1 1 1     2 2 2 2  
  Nigeria                 1 1
  Sudan         1 1 1 1 1  
Oceania Australia   1       1     1  
  New Zealand 1 1                
North America Canada 1 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 3
  USA 1 2 2 2 4 4 1 4 2 3
South America Brazil       3 3 1 1      
  Colombia 1     1 1 1        
  México         1 1 1      
  Peru           1 1 1    
Europe Bulgaria           1 1 1   1
  Denmark               1    
  Estonia       1 1          
  Finland       1   2   3 3 3
  France   1         2 3 2 3
  Germany 2   1   1 4 6 5 7 1
  Greece     1 1            
  Hungary 1   1              
  Italy                 1 1
  Kazakhstan                 1 1
  Netherlands       1   1       1
  Rumania 1                  
  Slovakia                   1
  Sweden     1   1   1      
  UK 1 1 1   1 2 1   2 3
  Ukraine                 1 1
Total   50 57 73 108 131 143 139 150 163 167

List of Partner Universities and Institutes (1 July 2016)

Country University
U.S.A. University of Washington
Texas A&M University
Nazareth College of Rochester
Wesleyan College
University of California
Cornell University
The University of Georgia
Rice University
Purdue University
University of Houston (College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics)
University of California, Berkeley
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Italy Università degli Studi di Perugia
India Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research(School of Natural Science)
The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
The Department of Physics & Astrophysics,University of Delhi
Faculty of Science, University of Mumbai
Indonesia Institut Teknologi Bandung
Universitas Gadjah Mada
Universitas Indonesia
Universitas Airlangga
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institut Teknologi Bandung
Research Center for Metakkurgy and Materials,Indonesian Institute of Sciences
Egypt Alexandria University
Australia The Australian National University
Monash University
The University of Queensland
The University of Adelaide
Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University
Austria The University of Vienna
Netherlands Delft University of Technology
University of Groningen
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering/Department of Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology
Kazakhstan Faculty of Physics and Technology, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
Qatar Qatar University
Canada McMaster University
McGill University
University of British Columbia
University of Toronto
The College of Arts and Science,University of Saskatchewan
Croatia Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb
Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz University
Georgia Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Ivan Jovakhishvili Tibilisi State University
Swizerland École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Sweden Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Karolinska Institutet
University of Gothenburg
Spain Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
University of Valladolid
Thailand Chulalongkorn University
Mahidol University
Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health
Kasetsart University
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
Thammasat University
Chiang Mai University
Institute of Science,Suranaree University of Technology
Korea Yonsei University
Chonnam National University
Pusan National University
Seoul National University
Gyeongsang National University
Chungnam National University
Hanyang University
Chung-Ang University
Changwon National University
College of Natural Sciences, Inha University
Taiwan National Cheng Kung University
National Taiwan University
National Tsing Hua University
National Chiao Tung University
College of Science, National Hsinchu University of Education
Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica
China Xi’an Jiaotong University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Wuhan University
Peking University
Zhejiang University
Nanjing University
Fudan University
Tsinghua University
Beijing Normal University
Tongji University
Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University
Hong Kong The Chinese University of Hong Kong
University of Hong Kong
Denmark The University of Copenhagen
Germany Ludwig-Maximilians- University of Munich
Technische Universität München
RWTH Aachen University
Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
University of Augsburg
Bielefeld University
Heidelberg University
Ruhr –University Bochum
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
University of Göttingen
“Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy,
Friesrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn and Universitat zu Koln”
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Department of Physics and Electrical, University of Bremen
Technische Universität Berlin
Faculty of Science, Technische Universität Dresden
Turkey Science Faculty, Istanbul University
Hungary Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
Philippines De La Salle University
Ateneo de Manila University
University of the Philippines
Finland Åbo Akademi University
Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki
University of jyväskylä(Faculty of Mathematics and Science)
Brazil Universidade de São Paulo
France University of Strasbourg
Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris
Pierre & Marie Curie University
University of Bordeaux
Université d’Aix-Marseille
Ecole polytechnique
Vietnam Vietnam National University, Hanoi
Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology
Can Tho University
Vietnam Japan University
Belarus Faculty of Physics, Belarusian State University
Peru Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
Belgium Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)
Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum vzw (IMEC)
Malaysia Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Faculty of Science, University of Maylaya
Myanmar University of Yangon
Mexico National Autonomous University of Mexico
Mongolia National University of Mongolia
U.K. The University of Nottingham
University College London
Faculty of Natural Science, Imperial College London
University of Leeds
The University of Sheffield
Russia St. Petersburg State University
Russian Academy of Sciences