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Country Japan
About the University In the 2010-2011 academic year, Osaka University hosted 1,608 international students from over 80 countries. Furthermore, Osaka University promotes the dispatch of Japanese students to foreign countries, not only through exchange based on University-to-University Academic Exchange Agreements and School-to-School Academic Exchange Agreements, but also by promoting programs offered by overseas universities, and by promoting programs offered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).
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Student exchange information

Method of application at the RUG Online application form:
Application deadline RUG 01 February
Available places unknown for 2022-2023
Level of courses available for exchange students Master
Main Language Japanese
Language of instruction English
Language test results needed Yes: see extra requirements for more information
Language courses available Yes
Extra requirements Average mark of 7.0 (GPA).

To study at the Osaka University, you will need a TOEFL score of at least 92 (internet-based) or an IELTS score of at least a 6,5.

Only valid TOEFL or IELTS tests can be accepted. TOEFL and IELTS tests are valid for 2 years only.
Important information These places are currently only open to advanced law students (Master) who have completed their compulsory programme.

Students applying to this university will be expected to follow a short Japanese language course. It is very important that you have a genuine interest in the Japanese culture, society, language etc.
The academic year in Osaka runs from April to March, and is divided into two semesters.

There is a short introductory course prior to the start of each semester. The semesters are as follows:
Spring semester: April – September
Autumn semester: October – mid-February/March

Link (law faculty) university View university website
Link International office View international office website
Housing arranged Institution
Visa needed Yes
Vaccination needed Yes
Financial support / Grants More information on study and placement grants for law students is available at the website

For studying in countries outside Europe students can apply for a grant from the Marco Polo Fund, which comprises of both faculty and university resources. Marco Polo grants do not cover travel and residential expenses completely; they are merely a contribution towards the extra costs involved in studying abroad.

At the moment the Marco Polo grant has been set at €170,-- to €290,-- per calendar month, depending on the country of your host university. This may change per academic year.

Your application for an exchange period at one of the Faculty’s partner universities also counts as your application for a grant. When you receive notification of a place for study abroad, you will also learn whether or not you have been awarded a Marco Polo grant.

Student Reports

Osaka report 2010-2011.pdf (Size: 104 Kb | Create Time: 01 Mar 2021)
Osaka spring 2016.pdf (Size: 115 Kb | Create Time: 01 Mar 2021)
Osaka Fall 2017.pdf (Size: 208 Kb | Create Time: 01 Mar 2021)
Osaka Fall 2017-2.pdf (Size: 110 Kb | Create Time: 01 Mar 2021)


Course information can be found in the students report and on the website of the university.

Please be aware that the course list on the website of the university might not always be up to date, since the curriculum for next academic year might not be available yet. Furthermore keep in mind that you can only follow the courses open to exchange students. 

Level of courses available Master
Link available courses View courses site
Last update (09 Dec 2021)