Osaka University is a national university founded in 1931 by the Japanese Government with strong support from local governments in the Osaka area, was established with the aim of creating a higher-education center inheriting the liberal and progressive academic tradition of the area, which had been the center of trade of the nation for many centuries.
Located in Toyonaka, Osaka, the Suita Campus stretches out towards the northern section of Banpaku Park. The campus is one of the "greenest" areas of land in the entire Hokusetsu area. Departments whose research facilities are centered on the Suita Campus include the School of Human Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the School of Engineering, in addition to the university's central administrative offices.
Currently, Osaka has approximately 20,000 students.
Further complementing the campus is a convention center that entertains events such as autumn music festivals, making the Suita Campus the lively host of a variety of exchanges for the local community.
Partner university's areas of study
Notes on Language of Instruction
Students with sufficient Japanese fluency can take regular Osaka courses.
ELIGIBILITY + TIMING
Who can go?
Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study. Commerce: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Commerce students must select 'Osaka University-COMM' on their Go Global application. Law When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Engineering students must select 'Osaka University-Law' on their Go Global application.
Osaka semester 1: Late September to Late February (UBC Fall Term)
Osaka semester 2: Early April to Late August (UBC Spring Term)
When applying to Go Global, please select the UBC term(s) that you wish to be abroad.
Course equivalency formula
Same as UBC credits
Credit transfer process
The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)
* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.
Type of Go Global Experiences
Course information and restrictions
Most Students Participate in the Osaka University Short-term Student Exchange Program (OUSSEP). If a student wants to take regular university courses (non-OUSSEP) then they must be proficient in Japanese.
Note: COMM students may take courses from the OUSSEP Program, but may not be able to participate in the Field Trips. Business students can take courses from the Economics faculty at Osaka University.
In addition to the English speaking OUSSEP program, there is the regular short-term (i.e. less than one academic year) exchange programs at Osaka University for students that are fluent in Japanese. In the Regular Class Course,overseas students enroll as special auditor students in regular courses taught in Japanese in one of the faculties of the University. For information about Maple and OUSSEP please see the following site: Program
This information is subject to change. When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying. Ultimately, students are responsible for researching applicable course restrictions.
Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university
Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.
* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.
15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. Some exceptions may apply.
Scholarships + awards
Students with outstanding academic performance may be nominated for the JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scholarship.
The Go Global award $1000
All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.
Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.
Information for US students
If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.
If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.
If you attend an ineligible institution:
- You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
- You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
- You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
- You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Types of accommodation available
Osaka University will provide all OUSSEP students with low-cost accommodation in one of the residences for overseas students located near the two university campuses. We will have a room ready for each of the students by the time they arrive. No particular application for this housing is necessary for OUSSEP participants. Students who do not want to live there should let us know in advance. Those who wish to stay in a private apartment house in the Osaka area should expect their average monthly living expenses (food, rent, and transportation) to be no less than 100,000 JPY. The university does not currently arrange "home-stay" for OUSSEP students. Students may seek opportunities for home-stay after they settle down at the above accommodation.