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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

Master’s and Ph.D. programs are available for international students in the International Physics Course (IPC) of the Department of Physics. In the IPC classes (mostly for the Master’s program are taught entirely in English. Students can start the program either in April or October.

Applicants are strongly advised to initiate contact with a prospective supervisor at the Department of Physics or collaborating Institutes well before applying, in order to discuss a research plan and obtain approval for their application.

For admission procedures and other further details see the IPC website
http://www.rcnp.osaka-u.ac.jp/~IPC/

In case the schedule of the IPC entrance procedure does not fit the constraints of the applicant, other (less advantageous) admission procedures are possible. Students interested in alternative procedures should discuss the matter with their prospective supervisor.

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/en/overseas-study/international-exchange/
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