Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad at Osaka University in a wide range of disciplines in coursework taught in Japanese with an emphasis on Japanese studies, economics, engineering, and sciences.
Past UCEAP participants cite an incredible student to teacher ratio, involved faculty, cultural field trips, an ethnically diverse student base, more research and fewer textbooks, as well as helpful international office staff -- just a few of the highlights of Osaka University.
Osaka is an exciting, dynamic, and ultra-modern city located in western Japan. Osaka’s efficient organization of districts, neighborhoods, and public transportation systems make it an easy city to navigate and appreciate. Travel to the capital of Tokyo is just a few hours away by bullet train.
Osaka has a multi-campus system
. Year-long UCEAP students study at Osaka University’s Toyonaka campus, which is located about 40 minutes from the heart of Osaka and has a suburban feel. UCEAP Osaka map
UCEAP Scholarship: All participants in 2018-19 year-long programs will receive a $2,000 scholarship (does not include extensions). See the Cost tab
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
language study is required each semester unless you are fluent and are taking coursework taught in Japanese.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early September to late July
"There is nothing that one can do to fully prepare for this experience, however, the best thing to do is simply go into this with a good attitude, and everything will fall into place." --UCEAP Osaka Participant 2016
All students live with international students, Japanese students, or other UC students. You may also independently arrange private accommodations. You may request housing in the Osaka University application. Details are finalized over the summer before the academic year begins. More information on housing
During the academic year, Osaka University offers a variety of student club (or "circle") activities such as martial arts, sports, and clubs for tea ceremony, drama, music, dance, and flower arranging. Student circles 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.
Osaka University offers a full range of disciplines, with most coursework taught in Japanese and a limited number of courses taught in English. Exceptionally strong courses are available in Japanese studies, economics, engineering, and sciences.
Advanced Japanese language and culture courses are a particularly strong opportunity for UCEAP students at Osaka University.
If you choose to study economics—a notable Osaka strength for those with advanced Japanese—strong math and economics background will be essential. You will have the option to take a year-long seminar on the Japanese economy and complete a substantial thesis. Emphasis is placed on individual initiative.
Use the following resources to learn more:
"Immersing myself in Japanese culture and actively trying to communicate in Japanese with locals was advantageous in the UCEAP program."
-- UCEAP Osaka Participant 2016
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21 quarter/14 semester UC units minimum per semester.
Research and Independent Study
Research and independent study for academic credit is possible. Arrangements are made after arrival.
Osaka University is one of Japan’s top-ranked national universities and a leading research university. Its progressive academic tradition is maintained through pioneering work in cutting-edge fields. It has been one of the leading centers in the adoption of American-style project-based learning (PBL) programs.
Researchers in the Osaka School of Engineering Science have pioneered many scientific breakthroughs and continue to drive exciting advances in such fields as robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology.
Osaka enrolls more than 24,000 students, including about 1,400 international students. The university has many schools and faculties, including Dentistry, Economics, Engineering Science, Health and Sport Sciences, Human Sciences, Law, Language and Culture, Letters, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Science. It also has graduate schools, numerous educational and research centers and institutes, laboratories, and two hospitals.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- The study center coordinates teaching internships with a local company for local high school students across Japan (ISA).
- The study center coordinates volunteer service for disaster relief and service to the Tohoku region (Team Asunaro).
- Keep in mind that deadlines for internships at the US embassy and consulate are well before your program application deadline.
- Some internships are short-term during the semester break while others are ongoing during the academic year.
- In the past, some students have found internships with such entities as Panasonic, Asahi Beverage, and the U.S. Embassy.
- "I decided that rather than work for an international organization or in politics, I wanted to do something that I already knew I would enjoy: become a teacher." -UCSB student
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.
* 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.
- All pre-departure expenses related to visas
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Optional airport meet and greet
- On-site Orientation
- Books and other materials
- Accident and medical insurance
- Automatic transfer of classes 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
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 3 years (9 quarters / 6 semesters).
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.
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: