Osaka University

Osaka University is one of the prestigious National Seven universities of Japan and has a long academic tradition reaching back to the 18th century when it was founded as the Osaka Prefectural Medical School. It teaches more than 25,000 students over four campuses in Osaka.

Academic highlights

There are 11 faculties at Osaka University and it ranks among the world’s best for dentistry, chemical engineering, physics and astronomy and natural sciences. It has five research institutes, two university hospitals and three national joint-use facilities, including the Research Centre for Nuclear Physics and the Cybermedia Centre.


Osaka University is located in Japan’s second largest city in the Kansei region, an industrial city that has been called “the Manchester of the Orient”.

Did you know?

Osaka is famous for its varied food, modern architecture, friendly people and vast underground shopping malls. Its main historical monument is the magnificent 16th century shogunate Osaka Castle.


You are only eligible to apply for this university if you are studying Japanese Studies at Monash at the point of exchange application.

Language requirements

If you apply for the OUSSEP program no Japanese proficiency is required. For the Maple program, JLPT N3-N4 is required, and for the iExPO program, N1 is required. More information about JLPT can be found here.

Disciplines available


Banking and finance

Biological sciences

Business law and taxation


Chinese languages & culture studies

Communications and media studies

Earth, atmosphere and environmental sciences

Econometrics and business statistics



Engineering - chemical

Engineering - electrical and computer systems

Engineering - materials science

Engineering - mechanical and aerospace

French languages & culture studies

German languages & culture studies


Indonesian languages & culture studies information technology

Italian languages & culture studies

Japanese languages & culture studies

Korean languages & culture studies


Literary studies


Mathematical sciences

Medical imaging and radiation sciences

Music performance and composition


Physics and astronomy

Politics and international relations

Psychological sciences


Spanish and Latin American languages & culture studies


  • The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
  • Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus

See Osaka's OUSSEP Syllabus unit catalogue here.
See Osaka's MAPLE and iExPO Syllabus unit catalogue here.

If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.

Please note that Osaka refer to units as ‘courses’.

Full time equivalents

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard 12 credits 16 credits 24 credits 32 credits

Exchange program terms

Osaka ‘Spring and Summer’ terms (Monash Semester 1): early April to August
Osaka ‘Fall and Winter ‘terms (Monash Semester 2): late September to February

See Osaka's Academic Calendar here.

Note: Osaka's MAPLE program is only offered for two semesters, commencing in Fall (Monash Semester 2).


On-campus accommodation is available for exchange students and is organised with the International Student Affairs Office via online application before enrolment.

In the event that on-campus accommodation is not available, the International Student Affairs Office will be able to assist you in finding a private accommodation.

Osaka University offers advice on accommodation here.


Exchange students must obtain a College Student visa to enter Japan. To apply for the College Student visa, you need to submit the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for residence in Japan to your nearest Japanese Consulate. Your host University will issue the COE to you after your exchange application has been accepted.

Monash Abroad can only provide general information - always check with the relevant consular/Embassy and consider advice that is right for you.

For more information on visas, please refer to the Consulate-General of Japan here.

Osaka University also provide some advice on visas, which can be found here.

Health and insurance

When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.

All people residing in Japan are required to join the National Health Insurance System (NHI). Find out more about Japanese Government Health Insurance here.

Orientation and extra-curricular 

Find out more about Osaka's Centre for International Education and Exchange here.

Find out more about Osaka University International Student Association here.

Find out more about Osaka's Student Clubs and Circles here.


Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Japanese government funding

Each year, Japanese universities apply for Japanese government funding for the following scholarships. If the university is successful in receiving the funding, they will request Monash nominate students. You do not need to apply for these scholarships directly unless requested to do so.

Find out about the Japan Student Services Organizations (JASSO) scholarship here.

Find out about the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

New Colombo Plan scholarship

Find out about the New Colombo Plan scholarship here.

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Osaka University

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location:
    • Suita (main)
    • Toyonaka
    • Mino
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

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