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Admission Guidelines for International Students

We strongly encourage applications from international students to our undergraduate and graduate degree courses. We also offer a number of short-term programs and we have active undergraduate and graduate-level exchange programs with prestigious universities around the world.

I. Entry into the undergraduate course of the Department of Physics
II. Entry into the graduate course of the Department of Physics
III. Short-term non-degree program
IV. Further information
I. Entry into the undergraduate course of the Department of Physics
Entry is in April.
I.a. Japanese Government funded students (MEXT-funded Scholars/Students)

Students are accepted based on the recommendation of a Japanese embassy. Selection is based on reviews of application forms and supporting documents, interviews, and written tests conducted at Japanese embassies. Successful applicants receive one year preparatory training in Japan, after which they are enrolled in a university chosen by a selection committee of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). The recruitment method/period varies from country to country.

Further information
Please contact the Japanese embassy and/or Japan Economic & Cultural Office in your country
http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diplomatic_missions_of_Japan
I.b. Privately funded students (non-MEXT-funded Scholars/Students)
I.b.1. For graduates of overseas high schools
Selection is based on reviews of application forms and supporting documents, scores on the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) and TOEFL, a written examination set by Osaka University, and an interview.
Further information
Studying in Japan: http://www.jasso.go.jp/study_j/index_e.html
EJU exam: http://www.jasso.go.jp/eju/index_e.html
Special Class-1 Screening Test:
Write to the Admissions Division, Osaka University,
1-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan or call +81-6-6879-7097.
I.b.2. For graduates of Japanese high schools
The procedure is the same as that for Japanese students. The applicant must take the National Center Test administered by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations in January. Those who pass the center test must then take a second entrance exam administered by Osaka University in February.
Further information
Write to the National Center for University Entrance Examinations at
2-19-23 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo 153-8501, Japan, or call +81-3-3465-8600.
Write to the Admissions Division, Osaka University,
1-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan or call +81-6-6879-7097.
II. Entry into the graduate course of the Department of Physics

The admissions procedure is the same as that for Japanese students. Applicants should contact the head of the Admission Committee of the Department of Physics ( admissions@phys.sci.osaka-u.ac.jp).

1. Master's course
Applicants take the regular graduate entrance examination that is held in August in Osaka and Tokyo. Entry is in April.
2. PhD course
Applicants take an entrance examination in February. Entry is in April.
3. Research Student (prior to entry in the regular Master's or PhD course)

In all cases above, applicants are strongly advised to initiate contact with a host supervisor at the Department of Physics, in order to discuss a research plan and obtain approval for their application.

II.a. Japanese Government funded students (MEXT-funded Scholars/Students)
II.a.1. Through a Japanese embassy
The procedure is similar to that outlined in Section I.a. above, with the exception that the applicants have contacted and obtained approval from a host supervisor at the Department of Physics.
II.a.2. Through Osaka University
Applicants are strongly advised to initiate contact and get the approval of a host supervisor at the Department of Physics, who will then, together with the Head of Department, guide them through the application procedure.
II.b. Entry into the International Physics Course (IPC)

The International Physics Course (IPC) is taught entirely in English. The course is designed so that students can participate in international collaborations in theoretical or experimental physics. Osaka University is unique in that we have our own large scale experimental facilities including a high-power laser and a high-energy accelerator. Students interested in condensed matter physics and other fields of physics are also encouraged to apply. The quota for IPC students is approximately ten. A number of scholarships are available for exceptional students.

How to apply for the International Physics Course
1. Master's course
An entrance examination will be held in several countries (China, Korea, Taiwan, the ASEAN countries etc.) in the spring of the year of enrollment. Applications should be made through the IPC website. Entry is in October.
2. PhD course
Applicants should contact a provisional supervisor with whom they wish to study by the end of April of the year of enrollment. After approval, the provisional supervisor will organize an entrance examination. Entry is in October.
Further information
International Physics Course, ILE, Osaka University,
2-6 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
IPC website: http://www.rcnp.osaka-u.ac.jp/~IPC/
III. Short-term non-degree program
FrontierLab @ OsakaU

This is a program designed to nurture creative competencies in students by offering a wide range of potential research directions and emphasizing hands-on laboratory experience. It is specifically designed for international students seeking a challenging, short-term upgrading of vital research and analytical skills both at the undergraduate (one or two semesters) and graduate level (three months to one year). Applications from both undergraduate and graduate science and engineering majors/minors are welcome.

Applicants should select two research areas from the following:
Nanotechnology & Molecular Science
Life Science & Biotechnology
Systems & Robotics
Computing & Information Science
Advanced Material Science
Photon Science
Other Emerging Fields

Final selection and the laboratory affiliation will be decided by Osaka University.

IV. Further information
a. Web pages

http://www.sci.osaka-u.ac.jp/foreign-students/index.html
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/for-examinee

b. Contact

Write to the Admission Division, Osaka University,
1-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
E-mail: gakuseinyusinyu1@ns.jim.osaka-u.ac.jp
Call +81-6-6879-7097