Study Abroad Program Overview
Designed for students seeking an educational research experience, the Frontier Lab program at Osaka University allows up-and-coming student researchers to participate as a member of team conducting a cutting-edge research project at an international university.
Within the Schools of Science, Engineering Science, and Engineering, students conduct research on the frontiers of scientific advancement. Areas of investigation include nanotechnology and molecular science, life science and biotechnology, systems and robotics, computing and information science, advanced material science, photon science, and other emerging fields.
Working under an Osaka faculty member on the Suita campus of the prestigious multi-campus university
, students become members of working lab teams and participate hands-on in the project. The Japanese tradition of mono zukuri
(the “spirit of creation”) is very much alive for those who undertake this unique program.
View the 2014 UCEAP student video on YouTube: Unforgettable Spring in Japan.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-September to early February
late March to early August
"Focusing only on research allowed me to delve deeper into the research topic and material, and become familiar with the life of graduate students."
--UCEAP Osaka Lab Research Participant 2016-17
UCEAP students live in dormitories organized by the university (either on or off campus). More information on housing
Osaka offers a rich variety of student club activities such as martial arts, sports, and clubs for tea ceremony, drama, music, dance, flower arranging, etc. Clubs are an excellent way to meet local students and practice Japanese.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Japan and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
The University of California Tokyo Study Center provides an enriching, educational, and safe experience for UCEAP students who study at nine Japanese host Universities.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
Students are placed in one of Osaka University’s science and technology lab teams to conduct research through experiments, peer consultation, group work, and interactive discussions with graduate students and other undergraduates under the supervision of top scientists.
This is a full-time lab program. Students may take one or two courses in addition to the lab research. Many students choose to take a beginning or intermediate Japanese language course. Exactly which courses will be available to UC students in this program is not known before the term begins.
Use the following resources to learn more:
"This was a research program available to apply to, with a method of connecting students who wanted to do work with research groups who desired students. ... Osaka University really has a process of bringing in undergraduate students into research labs."
--UCEAP Participant Lab Research Osaka Spring 2015
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21 quarter/14 semester UC units per semester of lab research required.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
This is a full time lab research program. You will be placed in a lab based on a research proposal (study plan) you submit as part of your predeparture checklist.
Additional internships or special study for academic credit are not possible in this program.
Osaka University is one of Japan’s top-ranked national universities and a leading research university. Its progressive academic tradition is evident in pioneering work in many fields. The School of Engineering Science has pioneered many scientific breakthroughs and drives exciting advances in the fields of robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at partner institution
- Mandatory host country health insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for Japan
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards 100 scholarships annually to US undergraduate students for study in Japan. The scholarships provide $2,500 for one semester or $4,000 for the academic year to cover travel and living expenses. In 2017, two UC students were awarded. Applications are due in April for fall/year programs and October for spring programs. Requirements include an application, transcript, short essay, and letter of recommendation. Find out more
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships
JASSO offers scholarships for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, junior college or college of technology. Find out more
Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan
Morgan Stanley Japan offers two $7,500 scholarships to US students with an interest in policy, economics, or international finance who will study abroad in Japan. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. Applications are due in April. Find out more
American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW)
AAJUW was founded in 1970 to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to the better U.S.-Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership. AAJUW's scholarship
award $2,000 and the deadline is in October.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: A UC minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Engineering or science major. Must have completed engineering and/or science foundation courses.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Osaka University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: