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Program at a Glance

Osaka University

Country Japan
City Osaka
Class Level Jr, Sr
Experience Type Research
Minimum GPA 3.0
Term Fall sem, Spring sem, Summer
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 four 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 the 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 Minoh campus, the Center for Japanese Language and Culture is tucked into tree-covered hills that surround the school. The second floor of the modern center houses the International Studies Library, which has both study areas and learning commons. You'll find the Extra Curricular Activities Facilities and its tennis courts next door and dorms nearby.

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.