Osaka University

Osaka
Japan

Language of instruction

English
Japanese

Since its establishment as an Imperial University in 1931, Osaka University has conducted education and research with the aim of establishing itself as a world-leading educational institution. Thanks to its untempered open spirit and eagerness to meet the needs of the times, Osaka University has established pioneering schools, graduate schools, and research institutes in both the sciences and liberal arts.

Osaka is Japan’s second largest metropolitan region. It’s considered to be more laid-back and friendly than Tokyo, and is well-known for its food culture.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Term April–August
Semester 2 Autumn Term September–February

View the Osaka University academic calendar.

For students going to Osaka University in the Spring Term, be aware that the exam period may run into UQ Semester 2.

Guides and additional information

OU has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Campuses

OU has 2 campuses available to exchange students:

  • Suita campus
  • Minoh campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

14 credits per semester at Osaka University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Maple program: 30 credits per year is equivalent to 16 UQ units. 

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.5 to study at OU.

A continuous full-time status at UQ required to study at OU. This means you cannot defer your studies in the semester prior to your exchange.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the OU course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Japanese
Postgraduate

Additional academic information

Program options at OU:

  1. Centre for Japanese Language and Culture (CJLC) offers one year long Maple Program  (commencing in September) to students who are interested in Japanese culture and society and wish to improve their Japanese. Students should have Japanese language proficiency equivalent to JLPT N4 or above. 
  2. OUSSEP (Osaka University Short-term Student Exchange Program) offers undergraduate level English taught lecture courses (called "International Exchange Subjects" or CIEE (Centre for International Education and Exchange) courses), and Japanese language courses are available at Beginner and Intermediate level. 
  • OUSSEP can commence in either semester and is available for 1 or 2 semesters.
  • OU recommends OUSSEP students to undertake 12 credits of CIEE courses plus 2 credits of Japanese language course per semester.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

Osaka University operates several dormitories, however, as their capacity is limited, most international students will need to find private accommodation. Osaka University’s Support Office for International Students and Scholars will provide a variety of information on housing to assist you in finding a room during your stay.

Cost of living

Living expenses vary greatly depending on your personal style of living, but Osaka University recommends that students prepare about ¥100,000–¥120,000 per month to cover living expenses.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Exchange students coming to Osaka University have a chance to apply for a JASSO Scholarship or Financial Aid for Student Exchange Programs.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All non-Japanese students must enrol in the Japanese Government's National Health Insurance system (NHI or Kokumin Kenko Hoken).

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

OU provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Consulate General of Japan for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.