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.

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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Full-time study load

Osaka University Short-term Student Exchange Program (OUSSEP): 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

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

Language

  • OUSSEP: You are required to demonstrate English proficiency of TOEFL iBT 80 / IELTS 6.0 or higher
  • Maple Program: You require Japanese language proficiency of JLPT N4 or higher.

Study Options
Students must choose either the Osaka University Short-term Student Exchange Program (OUSSEP) or Maple Program offered by OU. Further details are outlined in the Additional Resources section below.

Semester Restrictions

  • Maple Program: Available for full-year applicants commencing in UQ semester 2 only.
  • For students going to Osaka University in the Spring Term (UQ Semester 1), be aware that the exam period may run into UQ Semester 2.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.  

Find courses

Search the OU course catalogue.

Refer to exchange program options under the "Additional academic information" section for detailed program and course info.

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. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Japanese
Sociology

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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 a Semester-based Exchange 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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 the Global Experiences team 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 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, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)