Osaka University has two undergraduate English programs for international students and they also require 4 years of study to graduate.
In addition, Osaka University offers a Japanese language course which students will have to take during the first four semesters as a compulsory subject. The levels vary from basic to advanced Japanese (conversation, grammar, reading, writing and so on), and instructors will assign each student to a class of suitable level depending on their Japanese proficiency.
The first program offered is the Human Sciences International Degree Program which aims to cultivate internationally aware graduates to be able to think and act effectively both locally and globally. This program enables students to major in one of two tightly integrated majors: Global Citizenship and Contemporary Japan. The Global Citizenship Program explores the limits and potentiality of global citizenship in today’s fast paced world and allows students to have a solid grounding in how to ethically identify, investigate, analyze and advocate solutions to problems of a multidimensional and global nature. While focusing on Japan as an area of study, the Contemporary Japan Program takes a multidisciplinary approach which enables students to gain an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural, economic, political and linguistic aspects of Japan.
The teaching is highly interactive as well, as students have close contact with internationally minded professors across a wide range of human science disciplines.
As a condition to join this program, prospective students will need to be able to study in English and meet the requirements stated below:
TOEFL iBT – 85 (21 listening, 22 reading, 20 speaking, 21 writing)
IELTS – 6.5
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – C
Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency in English (CPE) – C
GCSE – C
IGCSE – C
GCE AS level in English Language or A Level in an arts or humanities subject – C
Scottish Certificate of Education Standard or High Grade English – C
Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level or High Level – C
HKALE – AS Level in use of English at D or above; A level in an arts or humanities subject
HKDSE – 4
International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) with English A1 at either standard or higher level – 4 (English B will be accepted if at higher level and at grade 4 or above) European Baccalaureate (EB Diploma) – 6.5
If you do not qualify for the requirements above, alternative requirements are as follows:
1. The applicant has recently studied a wide range of subjects in English in their high school career and the student has received at least a passing grade.
2. The applicant has recently undertaken undergraduate level studies at a university in which core courses have been taken and assessed in English and the student has received at least a passing grade.
3. The applicant has recently been employed in a job that requires English speaking, reading and writing, for no less than 24 months.
This course has an application fee of JPY 17,000 (payment accepted by credit card or by bank transfer) and this fee needs to be paid before you send your profile to the university. The overall tuition being JPY 282,000 for the admission fee and JPY 535,800 as an annual fee.
In addition, if Osaka University wishes to interview an applicant during the screening process, it will be a face-to-face interview at the campus or via an internet conference.
Does Osaka university have housing and scholarships? Of course, a variety of options ranging from JPY 12,000/month for eligible students to JPY180,000/per month for a multi-bedroom apartment are available.
Regarding Osaka university’s scholarships, as stated on their web page, there will be many opportunities for international students after enrollment. Students can apply for tuition waivers as well. These are usually offered on the basis of academic performance.
The second program is the Chemistry-Biology Combined Major Program. Not only do they teach within small class sizes, but they offer substantial laboratory time using modern apparatuses and instruments.
Like all undergraduate programs at Osaka University, this course is divided between General Education and Major subjects through all 4 years. Course work is evaluated in credits, with each credit being calculated as being approximately equal to 15 weeks of study at 3 hours per week, counting both in-class and out-of-class work.
In order to enroll in this course, you will need to have:
TOEFL iBT – 80
IELTS Academic Module – 6.0
International Baccalaureate with English as an A1 subject at either standard or higher level at grade 4 or above
Cambridge CAE or CPE with a grade of C or higher
In addition, applicants will have an interview in mid February – Early March in Osaka, Bangkok, Shanghai, San Francisco or Groningen.
This course has an application fee of JPY 17,000 (payment accepted via credit card or by bank transfer) and needs to be paid before applicants send their application to the university. The overall tuition is JPY 282,000 as the admission fee and JPY 535,800 as the annual fee.
This course offers a variety of options for housing, ranging from JPY 12,000/month for eligible students to JPY180,000/per month for a multi-bedroom apartment.
No scholarships are included.
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