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.)
- Founded in 1931
- Located in Toyonaka, Osaka
- Osaka was once the center of trade of Japan for centuries - university was built with intention to inherit the liberal and progressive academic tradition of the area
- Suita Campus stretches out towards the northern section of Banpaku Park, one of the "greenest" areas of land in Hokusetsu area
- 20,000 students
- Campus houses a convention center for various events such as autumn music festivals
Partner university's areas of study
Notes on Language of Instruction
- Students with sufficient Japanese fluency can take regular Osaka courses
ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING
Who can go?
- Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study
- Semester 1: Late September to Late February (UBC Fall Term)
- 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
- Commerce: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Commerce students must select 'Osaka University-COMM'
- Law: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Engineering students must select 'Osaka University-Law'
Course equivalency formula
- Same as UBC credits
Credit transfer process
* 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) (see here)
- If a student wants to take regular university courses (non-OUSSEP) then they must be proficient in Japanese (in the Regular Class Course, overseas students enroll as special auditor students in regular courses taught 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
- When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying
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
- Commerce students that are accepted to Osaka University will receive a scholarship of JPY 180,000 (CAD2,200) from Osaka University
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’ for Federal 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 (no particular application for this housing is necessary for OUSSEP participants)
- Students who do not want to live there should let the university 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)