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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 10/10/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Exchange Sponsor: UGA
Partner Institution: Osaka University (former partnership with Osaka University of Foreign Studies) (FICE: 900031) Type of Instruction: Independent Study
Classes With: International Students Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Taught By: Host Professor(s) Housing Location: Off-Campus, On-Campus
Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Academic Area: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Child and Family Development - Early Childhood Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering, Economics, Education, Engineering, Japanese Language and Literature, Mass Communication, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Public Relations Open to non-UGA students: No
Program Description:

Osaka Banner

UGA Exchange, Osaka University

Osaka University, or Handai, is a national university located in Osaka, Japan. It is the sixth oldest university in Japan as the Osaka Prefectural Medical College, and one of Japan's National Seven Universities. Numerous prominent scientists have worked at Osaka University such as the Nobel Laureate in Physics Hideki Yukawa. 

The university is recognized as one of the leading research universities in the world and at the forefront of technological innovation in Japan. Its strong orientation toward innovation, partnership with the local community and industry, and pioneering efforts in interdisciplinary research and education, all reflect the university's unique history and characteristics.

For additional information, please see 
OsakaU Factsheet 2018-19

Program Location

osaka 2Covering an area of approximately 1,899 square kilometers, or only 0.5% of the nation's entire land area, Osaka is the second smallest prefecture. However, it has a population of 8.8 million, or roughly 7% of the entire population, making it the third most populous prefecture after Tokyo and Kanagawa prefectures. Furthermore, approximately 210,000 non-Japanese, or 9.7% of all non-Japanese registered in Japan, reside in Osaka.

Geographically Osaka extends from north to south, with a slight curve. It faces Osaka Bay to the west and is surrounded by mountains on the other three sides. The weather is generally mild, with four distinct seasons. The average annual temperature is 17.3C (61.3F), and average precipitation is 1,568mm. ("2011 Almanac of Osaka Prefecture's Climate", Osaka District Meteorological Observatory)

Contact Information

Ms. Colleen Larson
Education Abroad Advisor
Office of International Education
International Education Building
1324 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602

Academic Program

Program Offerings:
  • OUSSEP      - Traditional "Osaka University Short Term Exchange Program", courses in English with Japanese Language Courses
  • Frontier Lab - Lab research for credit, which may be combined with courses in English and Japanese Language courses
  • Maple - Intensive Japanese Language courses (for those with JPNS 2001/2002 credit or higher)
  • iExPO - Students with N1/N2 Japanese Language Proficiency may take courses taught in Japanese 
Course Offerings:
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International Exchange Subjects Taught in English

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open only to UGA students
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 and good standing at UGA
  • Completion of JPNS 1002 at the time of participation (or higher)
  • Students must be nominated for this exchange by the Department of Comparative Literature each year in January
  • All UGA students seeking to participate in a UGA Exchange Program in Japan must be nominated for study at a specific partner university by the Department of Comparative Literature.
  • 2016-2017 Nomination deadline: Wednesday, January 13, 2016.
  • Students wishing to be nominated for a Full-year (or possibly Spring) program in the following year are expected to be currently enrolled in JPNS at UGA, submit an essay noting goals for participation, specific universities of preference, unofficial transcript, and JPNS professor recommendation etc. directly to Dr. Mori in CMLT. Additional documents might also be requested.
  • Application items submitted via the GoAbroad portal application will not be used for the nomination application.
  •  This application is to be completed by nominated students.  
  • Nomination results will be announced by CMLT in mid-January and nominated students will receive additional information about next steps at that time.
  • Please consult Dr. Mori,, for final deadlines and/or additional requirements.
  • Plus, schedule an exchange advising appointment with the Office of International Education,, 706-542-2900.

  Program Itinerary

1st semester (Spring): April 1 to September 30
     Course schedule: Early April to Mid August
2nd semester (Fall): October 1 to March 31
     Course Schedule: October 1 to Mid February


 Osaka University Accommodations

Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials:
1 2 3 4 5
Accessibility and quality of health care:
1 2 3 4
Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation:
1 2 3 4 5
Academic quality, appropriateness of workload:
1 2 3 4
Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits:
1 2 3 4 5
Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing:
1 2 3 4 5
Arrangements for and quality of meals:
1 2 3 4 5
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
1 2 3 4 5
Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program:
1 2 3 4 5
Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
1 2 3 4 5
Value of the program in relation to the cost:
1 2 3 4 5
Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Academic Year 2015 Participant
Although the nearby monorail is expensive if used often, there are other methods of getting to campus. Trains and buses were always timely from my experience and travel was never an issue. Even transportation to nearby countries, like South Korea, was possible for many students. University-organized excursions were delightful and provided unique experiences we may not have had otherwise. As for safety, there were a few perverts in the park (two instances of women being groped in a park near my dormitory), but if you follow basic safety procedures (the buddy system, don't walk alone late at night, etc.) there will be no problem. I never felt unsafe in Japan, especially because there are almost always several people around due to the dense population and the recent release of Pokemon GO.

Academic Year 2015 Participant
The staff was extremely helpful in guiding students through paperwork and daily life. Program coordinators were always happy to help.

Academic Year 2015 Participant
Field trips were excellent! My favorite was visiting a small town in the mountains (Koya-san) where we stayed the night at a Buddhist temple and attended the morning service. The tour was well organized and very entertaining; many students who enjoyed photography had the time of their lives.

I was able to experience many new teaching styles. As a future teacher, I feel I learned a lot about pedagogy and what I would like to incorporate into my classroom. This exchange motivated me to further my studies and showed me areas of the Japanese language that I had not put much thought into before. Now, I understand that there will be an even heavier emphasis on linguistics, not just familiarity with the language. I now have a clearer idea of what I should be doing in order to be an effective teacher.
     — Hannah Turner, Academic Year 2015
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