Designed for international students seeking a challenging research experience, the Frontier Lab
at Osaka University allows up-and-coming student researchers to participate in ongoing university research.
Working within the schools of Science, Engineering Science, and Engineering, students conduct research on the frontiers of scientific advancement in areas including 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, students become members of working lab teams and participate hands-on in investigations. The Japanese tradition of mono zukuri (the “spirit of creation”) becomes very much alive for those who undertake this unique program..
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
You may take one Japanese language course for 3.0 UC quarter units.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late September to mid-February
early April to early August
EAP students live in dormitories organized by the university (either on or off campus).
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.
EAP 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.
See the EAP 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; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
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.
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 and undergraduate students under the supervision of top scientists.
This is a full-time lab program. You may take one or two courses in addition to the lab research. Courses that will be open to exchange students (UCEAP) will not be known until the program begins. Many students take one Japanese language course.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- EAP Program Search provides information on subject areas, requirements, and language of instruction.
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- Frontier Lab (All UCEAP students participate in Frontier Lab D)
- Osaka University Researchers website provides a search engine where you can find the names of Osaka faculty members in various fields and view their research interests as well as the titles of their publications.
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. All students do sections A, B, and C in various subject areas.
Take advantage of this special opportunity to engage in research as an undergrad!
21 UC quarter units/14 UC semester units per semester of lab research required
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
This is a full time lab research program. Internships and special study for academic credit are not possible in this program.
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 Non Resident 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 2012-13. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2012-13 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. 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
- Accident and medical 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.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
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.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture 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 EAP Office for more information: