Overview

Osaka University

City: Osaka
Language of instruction: English, Japanese

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

Architecture and Landscape ArchitectureArtsCommerce (UBCV)EngineeringLand and Food SystemsManagement (UBCO)Science

Notes on Language of Instruction

Students with sufficient Japanese fluency can take regular Osaka courses.

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ELIGIBILITY + TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

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.

Term dates

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.

Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

Same as UBC credits

Passing grade

60

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.)

Information about the transfer credit portal.

Course Information

* 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

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate researchUndergrad research

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.

Partner Course Information

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.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ANTH 1st
Title: Introduction to Comparative Culture Studies
Partner course code: CUL 351.02
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-06-11
UBC course: ANTH 1st
Title: Anthopology 1: Key Concepts and Methods
Partner course code: 881252
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-05
UBC course: ANTH 2nd
Title: Approaches to Understanding Cultures
Partner course code: 881227
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-25
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Seminar Course for Intercultural Understanding
Partner course code: 881215
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-25
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: International Education Exchange Studies
Partner course code: 881114
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-10
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Art and Neuroscience - An Interdisciplinary Approach
Partner course code: 881243
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-05
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Comparative Sociology
Partner course code: 881244
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Topics in Japanese Culture 1: Topics in Japanese Culture
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2012-07-12
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Literature Songs Old and New
Partner course code: 881101
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-12
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Tea and tea culture
Partner course code: CUL 352.07
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2012-07-12
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Research on Japanese Culture X: Studies in Japanese Local Culture Why don't you study Osaka?
Partner course code: CUL 352.09
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2012-07-12
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Japan
Partner course code: ASIA 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-12-11
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Introductory Seminar course for Independent Study:Directed Study on Japanese Cultural Backround
Partner course code: MDR 409.83
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-11-29
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Directed Research in Japanese Language and Culture
Partner course code: JPN 409.85
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2012-12-11
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Literature, Modern and Contemporary
Partner course code: 881203
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-03-23
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Philosophical Thinking and Japanese Traditions
Partner course code: 881101
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-07-29
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Osaka in Modern Japanese Literature
Partner course code: 881110
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Japan
Partner course code: 881201
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Literature and language of Japan and China
Partner course code: HumanScien 881201
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-10
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Contemporary Japanese Thought
Partner course code: 881206
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-10
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Literature, Modern and Contemporary
Partner course code: 881222
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Literature, Modern and Contemporary
Partner course code: 881222
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Media and Communications in Japan
Partner course code: 881226
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Myths and Legends
Partner course code: HumanScien 881245
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-10
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Independent Study
Partner course code: n/a n/a
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-12
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Gender in Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture
Partner course code: Z26054
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-07-29
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese History
Partner course code: 13A429
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-02-06
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Regional Intergration
Partner course code: 881221
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-18
UBC course: ELEV 2nd
Title: Introduction to Japanese Legal/Political System and Culture
Partner course code: 881228
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-03-02
UBC course: Econ 356
Title: International Finance
Partner course code: 030204
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-10-30
UBC course: HIST 2nd
Title: Security Policy
Partner course code: 026402
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-10-30
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Seminar of International Relations Ⅱ
Partner course code: F2038D
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-10-30
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Contemporary Japanese Thought
Partner course code: 881206
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-28
UBC course: JAPN 100
Title: Japanese JA 100 - Track 2
Partner course code: 881116 1st year
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2014-02-21
UBC course: JAPN 100
Title: Japanese JA100
Partner course code: 881116
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2014-02-21
UBC course: JAPN 322
Title: JAPANESE: JA300
Partner course code: JA 300
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-12-02
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Communication in Multicultural Contexts (Japanese)
Partner course code: 131657
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2012-07-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Reading of classical Japanese literature
Partner course code: LIT 340.01
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2012-07-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Introduction to Japanese History
Partner course code: CUL 353.01
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-11-26
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Introduction to Contemporary Japanese Society
Partner course code: CUL 355.01
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-11-26
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Advanced Japanese Grammar
Partner course code: JAPN 410.01
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-12-02
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Advanced Level Kanji for Japanese Proficiency Test N1
Partner course code: JAPN 413.09
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-12-02
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japanese Society: Rapid Reading and Intensive reading
Partner course code: JPN 414.11
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2012-07-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Reading a Variety of Newspaper Articles on Various Issues in Modern Japanese Society
Partner course code: JAPN 414.11
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-12-02
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Watching Videos & Writing Compositions
Partner course code: JAPN 415.06
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-05-28
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Listening Comprehension for Intermediate to Advanced Learners
Partner course code: JAPN 416.01
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-12-02
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Advanced Conversation
Partner course code: JPN 417.13
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2012-07-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Advanced Conversation
Partner course code: JPN 417.15
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2012-07-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japanese Medieval history and culture
Partner course code: CUL 453.01
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2012-07-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japanese JA600
Partner course code: JA 600
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-12-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japanese 4B: Advanced Japanese: Kanji
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2012-07-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japanese for Academic Purposes
Partner course code: 131641
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-09-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japanese JA500
Partner course code: Japanese JA500
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-09
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Intermediate Japanese Grammar
Partner course code: JAPN 310.01
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-12-02
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Proverbs and Japanese Language
Partner course code: LIN 332.01
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-12-02
UBC course: PHIL 4th
Title: Contemporary Philosophy S.: Discussing Horwich's "Meaning"
Partner course code: 001019
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-11
UBC course: POLI 2nd
Title: Introduction to International Organizations
Partner course code: 13A435
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-21
UBC course: POLI 360
Title: Theory and Practice of Human Security and Development
Partner course code: 720151
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-21
UBC course: POLI 360
Title: Theory and Practice of International Security-Security in the Asia-Pacific
Partner course code: 310014
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-21
UBC course: POLI 367
Title: International Relations
Partner course code: 310006
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-21
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Human Security
Partner course code: 026203
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-21
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Introduction to Japanese Politics
Partner course code: SOC 360.02
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-08
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Topics in Comparative Law
Partner course code: 881119
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-02
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Politic in Post-war Japan
Partner course code: HumanScien 137429
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-16
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Peace and Conflict Studies II: East Asian Int'l Relations
Partner course code: HumanScien Z26004
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-16
UBC course: POLi 364
Title: International Organizations
Partner course code: 026406
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-21
UBC course: PSYC 2nd
Title: Psychology of Aging
Partner course code: 881206
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-30
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Social Security and Service Design
Partner course code: 881256
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Sociology II
Partner course code: 881210
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-14
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Global Citizenship
Partner course code: 881211
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Introduction to Civil Society Movements
Partner course code: 881212
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Self, Identity, and Society
Partner course code: 881248
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Social Stratification in Japanese Society
Partner course code: 881249
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Social Security and Service Design
Partner course code: 881256
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Human Rights
Partner course code: 13A433
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-13
UBC course: SOCI 312
Title: Gender and Development
Partner course code: HumanScien 720501
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-06
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Global Poverty and Development
Partner course code: Z26007
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-30
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Comparative Sociology
Partner course code: HumanScien 881244
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-05
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Seminar in Critical Studies of Globalizaton
Partner course code: HumanScien Z26502
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-05
UBC course: SOCI 4th
Title: Seminar in Studies of Multicultural Societies
Partner course code: HumanScien 881259
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-05
Commerce
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Postwar Japanese Economy
Partner course code: SOC 360.04
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-07-10
UBC course: COMM 1st
Title: Introduction of Japanese Business Administration (2)
Partner course code: SOC 461.01
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-11-13
UBC course: COMM 2nd
Title: Introduction of Japanese Business Administration (1)
Partner course code: SOC 361.02
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-06-11
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Social Entrepreneurship 
Partner course code: COMM 881214
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-04-07
Education
UBC course: ELEV 1st
Title: Language and Translation
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-03-27
Law
UBC course: ELEV 2nd
Title: Topics in Japanese Law
Partner course code: 881104
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-12
UBC course: ELEV 3rd
Title: Topics in Comparative Law
Partner course code: 881217
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
UBC course: PHIL 2nd
Title: Bioethics and Health Law
Partner course code: 881128
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-02-17
Library, Archival and Information Studies
UBC course: ELEV 2nd
Title: Introduction to Japanese Legal / Political System and Culture
Partner course code: 881112
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-10
Science
UBC course: BIOL 1st
Title: Today's Biological Science
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-11-15
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Cutting Edge of Biotechnology
Partner course code: CIEE 881221
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-21
UBC course: CHEM 1st
Title: Introduction to Chemistry World
Partner course code: 881108
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-08-29
UBC course: CHEM 1st
Title: Chemistry and Human Life
Partner course code: 881105
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-08-29
Social Work
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Peace and Conflict Studies 1
Partner course code: 010292
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-07
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

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.

Additional awards

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.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

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.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campus

Housing notes

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.

Information on Accommodation

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