Overview

Osaka University

City: Osaka
Language of instruction: English, Japanese
  • 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

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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

ELIGIBILITY AND 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

Term dates

  • 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

Timing

  • 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' 

Summer program

Not applicable

Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • Same as UBC credits

Passing grade

60

Grading scheme

Not applicable

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.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

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) (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

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 Cultural Anthropology
Partner course code: 881109
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-12
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: Sociological Perspectives on Education
Partner course code: 881267
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-22
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 1st
Title: Introduction to International Understanding
Partner course code: CIEE 881219
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-01-17
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Science and Society
Partner course code: CIEE 881243
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-01-17
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: Japan in the World
Partner course code: 135554
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2018-06-05
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Modern Legends and Myths Studies
Partner course code: Arts
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-11-10
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: Japanese Literature, Modern and Contemporary
Partner course code: 881203
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-03-23
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: Modern Japan in Asia
Partner course code: 881262
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-11-20
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: COMM 2nd
Title: Managing Innovation and Change
Partner course code: 881131 300
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-25
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: FREN 2nd
Title: French Linguistics Ⅰ S.
Partner course code: 005208
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-05-10
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Contemporary Japanese Thought
Partner course code: 881206
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-28
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Contemporary Japanese Thought
Partner course code: 881206
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-28
UBC course: JAPN 2nd
Title: Japanese JA200 - Track 2
Partner course code: 881118 200
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-06
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: Japanese JA600
Partner course code: JA 600
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-12-07
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 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: Japan: Society and Ideology
Partner course code: 881111
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-25
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Japan: Society and Ideology
Partner course code: 881111
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-25
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: 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 3rd
Title: Peace Operations and the Global Community
Partner course code: Z26030
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-25
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Topics in Japanese Law
Partner course code: 881103
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-25
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Topics in Japanese Law
Partner course code: 881103
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-25
UBC course: PSYC 2nd
Title: Psychology of Aging
Partner course code: 881206
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-30
UBC course: SOCI 1st
Title: Introduction to Sociology
Partner course code: CIEE 881209
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-11
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: Introduction to the Sociology of Marriage and Family
Partner course code: SOCI 881250
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-23
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 3rd
Title: Sociological Perspectives on Education
Partner course code: 881267
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-17
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: Sociology of Migration
Partner course code: 881225
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-12-15
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: Social Stratification in Japanese Society
Partner course code: 881249
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-17
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 3rd
Title: Gender and Development
Partner course code: HumanScien 720501
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-06
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: Special Lectures (Behavioral Economics)
Partner course code: 031410
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-06-22
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Particular Lectures (International Trade 1)
Partner course code: 031204
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-06-22
UBC course: COMM 2nd
Title: Organization Theory
Partner course code: 030224
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-05-25
UBC course: COMM 2nd
Title: Marketing Decision Making
Partner course code: CIEE 881264
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-11-30
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Special Lectures (Role of the Capital Markets and the Securities Investment)
Partner course code: 030412
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-05-25
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Strategic Management
Partner course code: 030308
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-05-25
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Social Entrepreneurship 
Partner course code: COMM 881214
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-04-07
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Particular Lectures (Theory of Incentive Design)
Partner course code: Econ
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-02-22
Law
UBC course: ELEV 3rd
Title: Topics in Comparative Law
Partner course code: 881217
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
Science
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: Chemistry and Human Life
Partner course code: 881133
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-30
UBC course: PHYS 2nd
Title: Current Topics in Modern Physics
Partner course code: CIEE 881213
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-11-26
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.

Additional fees

Not applicable

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 (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)

Information on Accommodation

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