Osaka University



Bettina Dinter

Head of Team Asia and Africa


+49 241 80 90812




Osaka University is the third best university in Japan after the Tokyo and Kyoto Universities. It consists of three campuses in the north of the city that are approximiately eight kilometers away from each other and connected by shuttle buses.

All international students receive housing in the university's international dormitories. The dormitories are located either directly on campus or nearby. Each campus has multiple cafeterias. Typical Japanese meals are served.

The university offers a comprehensive spectrum of English lectures in each discipline. There are also a number of lectures in Japanese.

Osaka lies roughly in the middle (north-south) of Japan and is thus further south than Italy. Osaka has tropical temperatures in the summer and in the winter, it rarely falls below 0 °C. The landscape is the prettiest in the spring, particularly when the cherry trees bloom (Ohanami) and in the fall.

Osaka is located in a an urban region of Japan. Osaka flows into Kyoto and Kobe. Both cities are easily accessible with public transportation.

General Information





Founded in


Number of Students



Osaka University

International Office of Osaka University

Fact Sheet


Type of Agreement

University cooperation

Who can apply?

Bachelor students in the 3rd semester or higher (study abroad from the 5th semester)
Master students
Doctoral candidates

Type of Stay

Studies or research

Length of Stay

One to two semesters

Time of Stay

Winter or summer semester

Number of Exchange Placements


Study Details

Semester Dates

1st semester: April till July or August
2nd semester: October to Februar

Study Possibilities

Exchange study web page
Osaka University Student Exchange Program or OUSSEP
Maple Program (Intensive Japanese Language and Culture Program for Exchange Students)
Regular Short-Term Exchange Program iExPO

Course Offerings

Undergraduate Studies at Osaka University

Graduate Studies at Osaka University

Courses in English

Language Courses

The university offers language courses during the academic semester.

Prerequisite for the Application Very good academic performance
Language Requirements

Depends on the selected program
TOEFL is not required.

Submit application in the

International Office application portal or to Faculty 1

Application Deadline in the International Office

December 15: 1-2 semesters starting the winter semester of the upcoming academic year

August 15: 1 semester starting the summer semester of the upcoming academic year – only for allocation of remaining spots

Tuition Fees Erlass der Studiengebühren
Average Cost of Living 1000 to 1200 euros
Funding Possibilities

BAföG for abroad
RWTH Scholarship Database
DAAD Scholarship Database
MIRAI RWTH Scholarship for Japan
PROMOS abroad scholarhip
JASSO Scholarship
Financing Study Abroad

Practical Information

Support from the partner university: Yes
Information from the partner university

Health Insurance Students are responsible for having sufficient insurance coverage. We highly recommend health insurance and private liability insurance for abroad. Some partner universities have particular requirements for insurance protection..
Experience Reports

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Additional Information

Foreign Office