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The colorful Shinsekai District glows in the bright sunshine with Tsutenkaku Tower in the background in Shinsekai, Osaka, Japan.

Program at a Glance

Osaka University

Country or area Japan
City Osaka
Class Level Jr, Sr, Gr
Experience Type Research
Minimum GPA 3.0
Term Summer, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Taught In English, Japanese
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

In this full-time lab program, conduct experiments and take part in team projects in a working science lab at Osaka University. Focus on fields like nanotechnology, molecular science, or robotics. When looking for a break from the lab, explore Osaka and get to know the city’s warm, friendly people. Known as the nation’s kitchen, Osaka will tempt you with treats like okonomiyaki pancakes and kurogoma (black sesame) ice cream. Please your inner child with a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan or escape the city with a hike in the rugged mountains of national parks.

Where you'll study

Considered an Ivy League-level school, Osaka University is one of the most selective universities in Japan, so getting accepted through UCEAP as an exchange student is a boost for your résumé. The university is comprised of three campuses, 11 schools, 23 research centers, and two university hospitals. A free shuttle service makes traveling between campuses quick and convenient. A unique feature of Osaka University is the learning commons, which are set up in libraries and other campus buildings. Featuring resource materials, whiteboards, printers, and teaching assistants in some places, these commons promote student discussion and collaboration.

On the tree-covered Suita campus, the Schools of Science, Engineering Science, and Engineering are part of this research-focused complex. The Suita research centers conduct joint projects with leaders in industry. The Science and Engineering Library can support you with courses on researching information, using databases and more.


Optional field trips and activities to introduce the local culture are available through your host university. Most events are free or discounted, but some come with an additional cost not included in UCEAP fees.

<p>Overnight trip to the famous Kansai region and Kyoto</p>

Overnight trip to the famous Kansai region and Kyoto

<p>Field trip to Hiroshima with stories from atomic bomb survivors</p>

Field trip to Hiroshima with stories from atomic bomb survivors

<p>Trip to the white sand beaches and hot springs of Shirahama</p>

Trip to the white sand beaches and hot springs of Shirahama

Studying abroad and conducting research in Japan was a fantastic opportunity for academic exploration and expanding my knowledge of artificial intelligence. Over the course of my internship I learned a plethora of knowledge about what it means to conduct research in computer science.

Brady Chan UC Santa Cruz Computer Science Japan

This internship helped me establish relationships with mentors across the field. I had the opportunity to submit my research findings to a conference, as well as practice presenting in front of peers in the STEM field. It tremendously improved my computer science and communication skills, and it gave me more confidence in the career I plan to pursue.

Joyce uo UC Berkeley Data Science Japan