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A&M University Wide Exchange: Osaka University, Japan
Osaka, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Approved Course Equivalencies Click here to view
Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 09/15/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Agriculture, Agriculture - Agricultural Economics, Agriculture - Agricultural Leadership, Agriculture - Animal Science, Agriculture - Biochemistry/Biophysics, Agriculture - Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture - Ecosystem Science & Management, Agriculture - Entomology, Agriculture - Horticulture Sciences, Agriculture - Nutrition and Food Science, Agriculture - Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Agriculture - Poultry Science, Agriculture - Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences, Agriculture - Soil & Crop Sciences, Agriculture - Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Architecture, Architecture - Construction Science, Architecture - Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Architecture - Visualization, Bush School of Government & Public Service, Business, Business - Accounting, Business - Economics, Business - Finance, Business - Information & Operations Management, Business - International Business, Business - Management, Business - Marketing, Education, Education - Administration and Human Resource Development, Education - Educational Psychology, Education - Health & Kinesiology, Education - Teaching, Learning & Culture, Engineering, Engineering - Aerospace Engineering, Engineering - Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Engineering - Biomedical Engineering, Engineering - Chemical Engineering, Engineering - Civil Engineering, Engineering - Computer Science, Engineering - Electrical Engineering, Engineering - Industrial Distribution, Engineering - Industrial Engineering, Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering, Engineering - Mechanical Engineering, Engineering - Nuclear Engineering, Engineering - Petroleum Engineering, Fine Arts, Fine Arts - Art/Art History, Fine Arts - Fashion Design, Fine Arts - Performance Studies, Foreign Language, Foreign Language - Arabic, Foreign Language - Chinese, Foreign Language - French, Foreign Language - German, Foreign Language - Greek, Foreign Language - Italian, Foreign Language - Japanese, Foreign Language - Korean, Foreign Language - Other, Foreign Language - Portuguese, Foreign Language - Russian, Foreign Language - Spanish, Geosciences, Geosciences - Atmospheric Sciences, Geosciences - Environmental Sciences, Geosciences - Geography, Geosciences - Geology, Health/Medicine, Health/Medicine - Allied Health/Nursing, Health/Medicine - Biomedical Sciences, Health/Medicine - Community/Public Health, Health/Medicine - Health & Kinesology, Health/Medicine - Nutrition and Food Science, Law, Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts - Anthropology, Liberal Arts - Communication, Liberal Arts - Economics, Liberal Arts - English, Liberal Arts - History, Liberal Arts - International Studies, Liberal Arts - Performance Studies, Liberal Arts - Philosophy, Liberal Arts - Political Science, Liberal Arts - Psychology, Liberal Arts - Sociology, Science, Science - Biology, Science - Biomedical Sciences, Science - Chemistry, Science - Mathematics, Science - Physics & Astronomy, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine
Academic College: Any
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Language courses available:
Yes
Language of instruction:
English, Japanese
Program Advisor:
Patrick Moore Housing: Dormitory
Open to non-majors:
Yes Classification: Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Additional features: Research
REEP Program Type:
University Wide Exchange
Program Description:
Osaka University

The sixth oldest university in Japan, Osaka University has grown from being the Prefectural Medical College and a former Imperial University into the largest and highly ranked university in Japan. The university has three campuses strategically located throughout the Osaka Prefecture. The university is one of 99 national universities in Japan. Osaka University established itself as a national university in 1931 under the title of Osaka Imperial University. Though started relatively late, it inherits the progressive and liberal tradition of Osaka, which had been the center of the country’s economy for many centuries.  Osaka University is consistently recognized as a leading university in science, research, and technology and was ranked the 3rd best university in Japan in 2009 and was ranked among the world's top 200 universities in 2012-13. There are about 23,558 students and typically 2,000 international students attending Osaka at any given time. Osaka University has developed an excellent international programs system and a very commendable series of exchange programs with partner schools around the world.

Osaka, Japan

Location

Being located in the Kansai region of Japan, students are able to experience the diversity of the nation first hand. Osaka is the second largest city in Japan, but the customs, personalities, and even dialects of the city differ greatly from Tokyo, its eastern counterpart. Osaka is famous for excellent food and its urban landscape. At night, Osaka comes alive with flashing neon lights and a vibrant social sceneOsaka also lies on the Shinkansen (bullet train) line, which allows fast travel to other major hubs in Japan. Kyoto is less than an hour by train and Tokyo only 3 hours away.
 
Japanese Cherry Blossom
 
Eligibility Requirements
  • OUSSEP: No foreign language requirement, although knowledge of Japanese is helpful
  • Maple Program: Must have completed 4 semesters of college-level Japanese with at least a “B” letter grade
  • Maple and OUSSEP: These programs are open to all majors.
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation from Texas A&M faculty members (forms within application)
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended, the spring semester only application cycle is highly competitive and not all applicants will be selected.
Students can choose to study abroad during (Note that Osaka University has different dates than TAMU):
  • Spring Semester (April to early August)
  • Academic Year (October to early August)
Aggies in Meditation

Osaka University provides students the opportunity to study in two diifferent programs:
  1. Maple Program-The Maple Program is a full-year program for students interested in advancing their Japanese language skills and understanding of the Japanese culture. In this intensive studies program, students take primarily Japanese language courses (composition, conversation, grammar, listening, Kanji, and reading) and Asian Studies courses (culture, linguistics, literature, politics, history, and religion). There are a few classes offered in English so students must have completed at least four semester of Japanese to participate in this program. 
  2. Osaka University Short-Term Student Exchange Program (OUSSEP) -  This program is designed to give students who do not speak Japanese well or have not previously studied Japanese language an opportunity to study and live in Osaka, Japan, for a full-year or only the spring semester. OUSSEP offers students a limited selection of courses in English focusing on Asian studies subjects such as history, culture, economics, politics and a few other areas. This program is NOT designed for students wanting to focus primarily on Japanese language development. No prior knowledge of Japanese is required to participate in the OUSSEP program. There are a limited number of spaces available for the OUSSEP program. As a result, the spring semester only application cycle is highly competitive and not all applicants will be selected.
Housing

Students live on campus in university housing or in off-campus housing contracted by the university.
OU Campus Housing

Costs

One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Housing is paid directly to Osaka University upon arrival at the university. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
 
Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition & Fees $5,100
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Fees Paid Directly to Osaka
Accommodations  $1,650
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare $2,000
Meals $1,750
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $1,400
Personal Spending $1,750+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $13,950+
Texas A&M Semester Cost $13,636+
 
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.
 
Temple- Osaka, Japan
 
Helpful Links
Osaka University Homepage
Osaka University General Information Sheet:  Information Sheet
Osaka University International Student Information webpage
Maple Program Webpage
Maple Program Handbook
OUSSEP Webpage
OUSSEP Student Handbook
OUSSEP Course Listings
List of Courses taught in English at OU 
OU Course General Info Search 
OU Course Syllabus Search
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Japan Travel Guide
Osaka, Japan City Guide
Currency Converter


 
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

 "I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."

 
Former Exchange Program Participant
Contacts

For more information about the exchange program to Osaka University, contact Patrick Moore in the Study Abroad Programs Office.

Osaka, Japan