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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year (A/W/Sp) 2020-2021 11/30/2019 12/15/2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of January 31st.
SpringSemester(Sp/S) 2021 11/30/2019 12/15/2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of January 31st.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Foreign Language Required: 103 Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English, Japanese
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 3. Junior UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Shannon Quinn
Program Information:
Location Osaka, Japan
Academic Term Academic Year
Spring Semester
Credits 20 - 24 UW credits per semester
Eligibility Junior standing or above by time of departure; min. 3.0 GPA
Language Varies by program; see "Academics"
Program Manager Shannon Quinn |
Application Deadline Nov 30 (Deadline for Academic Year/ Priority deadline for Spring Semester)
May 15 (Final deadline for Spring Semester)
General Osaka University was established in 1931 as the sixth Imperial University. The university's motto is to "Live Locally, Grow Globally." With a student population of approximately 25,000, Osaka University ranks among the best and the oldest universities in Japan.
Osaka University is one of the top universities located in the heart of Osaka, Japan. With total enrolment of about 25,000, Osaka has 11 schools, 16 graduate schools, 21 research institutes, 4 libraries, 2 hospitals, and 23 inter-university and 3 national joint-use facilities among its three campuses - Suita, Toyonaka and Minoh. In particular, the Suita campus houses faculties of Human Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Engineering, among others. Similarly, the Toyonaka campus houses faculties of Letters, Law, Economics, Science, and Engineering Science. Finally, the Minoh campus houses the School of Foreign Studies, World Languages Research Center, and Japanese and Japanese Culture Education Center.


With over 19 million inhabitants, Osaka is the second largest city in Japan, right after Tokyo. The city serves as a major economic hub for the country and has historically been known as the "nation's kitchen" (tenka no daidokoro). Today, Osaka is famous for all its delicious cuisine (such as okonomiyaki) and its historic castles dispersed throughout the city.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 20 - 24 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here


Osaka has four options available to exchange students (both undergraduates and graduates). The Osaka University Short-term Student Exchange Program (OUSSEP) is designed for those with limited or no Japanese. OUSSEP is composed of specialized courses- Japanese language/culture, general education subjects, and independent study - in which classes are conducted in English. OUSSEP is offered both for just one semester long and for the academic year. Undergraduates are required to take 14 credits (7 courses) or more as well as a Japanese language class. Graduates generally take 15 credits (7 or 8 courses). Please note that UW gives preference to students who have taken at least one year of college-level Japanese.

The Maple Program is designed for participants wanting to focus on Japanese language, society and culture. The course work is in Japanese.  All participants are required to have JLPT N4 proficiency or equivalent. The Maple Program is available to academic year students only. Undergraduates generally take 15 credits (7-8 courses) and graduates usually take the same (15 credits, 7-8 courses).

Then there is the FrontierLab@OsakaU, which offers a wide range of potential research directions and emphasizes hands-on laboratory experience. All course work is in Japanese or English. This option is ideal for hard-science, math and engineering students. Studnets must have TOEFL iBT 80 proficiency  or Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 2 or equivalent. There are two plans the student can participate in. The first is a full academic year plan, available to graduate or undergraduate students, in which the student will participate in credited research with the option to take part in other credited courses. The second plan is available only to graduate students, in which the student participates in supervised research under an advisor for a flexible period of 3 to 12 months. Typically, undergraduates earn 10-15 credits (5 to 8 courses) & graduates: 10 -15 credits (5 to 8 courses) each semester of the year-long exchange program.

And, finally, there is the Regular Student Exchange (also known as iExPO, or Immersion Exchange Program Osaka). Depending on the course or department, students are required to demonstrate that they are at level JLPT N1 or N2 (more information on requirements here). All course work is in Japanese, and this option is offered both each semester and during the academic year. During this exchange option, undergraduates earn 10-15 credits (5 to 8 courses) & graduates earn 10 -15 credits (5 to 8 courses) per semester.

NOTE: Each exchange student is enrolled as a special auditor, granting her or him access to classes from various disciplines at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Yet, there are restrictions in course offerings. To find out if a course or department is restricted, you can contact the department of interest directly.​

You can begin your search for courses right here: Osaka University courses

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.



As an exchange student on this program, you are responsible for finding your own accommodations. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever housing is most appropriate to your level of comfort and your budget.

To begin your housing search, we recommend visiting the Osaka University Housing website. On this website, you will find information about the housing application, housing FAQ's, a list of housing options, price overviews, as well as other tips, rules, and regulations.

University Accommodations: You will be offered student housing according to the exchange program you select. Please note: Japanese student dorms frequently have strict rules and curfews; general dorm cleaning in addition to cleaning your own room is required; dorms are usually not shared but a few are offered on shared basis, and some student dorms are for international students only while others are for all students. Dorms are located in Osaka but regardless of location, you should be prepared to commute up to an hour each way to/from Osaka. As an exchange student, you must submit your housing application with your Osaka exchange application (secondary application).

Private Accommodations: You can also find your own accommodations if you prefer. Osaka University Housing has many tips to help you find housing on the private market. We strongly recommend that you begin searching for housing at least 2-3 months prior to your arrival as finding a room after arrival is not common and housing options may be limited!


The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 


Program Expenses

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.