Osaka University Scholarship 2021

1. Application and admission procedures for Japanese Government Scholarship Students

 Osaka University accepts international students who have received a scholarship from the Japanese Government (the scholarship is handled by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology -- "MEXT") at graduate and undergraduate levels.

There are two application procedures: Embassy RecommendationUniversity Recommendation.


Embassy recommendation

After finishing high school in a foreign country, a person hoping to enroll in an undergraduate course as a Japanese Government Scholarship Student should apply for Japanese Government Scholarships for (Under)graduate Students recruited by Japanese Embassies and Consulate Generals abroad. If accepted, the applicant must take Japanese language lessons at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies or at the Center for Japanese Language and Culture at Osaka University for a year. After that, if the applicant passes the screening of the university for which s/he is applying, the applicant can enroll in the undergraduate course of the university.

February ~ March: Recruited by Japanese Embassies or Consulate Generals abroad

May ~ July: Preliminary screening (documentary examination, written examination, and interview)

October ~ : Second screening (consultation with the MEXT and the university)

February of the coming year: Notification of acceptance

April: Arrival in Japan


An applicant usually enrolls under the status of research student and works in research activities for six months to a year. Then, after passing the entrance examination, the applicant enrolls in a master's or doctor's program.

Embassy recommendation

Through the Japanese Embassies and Consulate Generals overseas, applications are accepted and the screening is conducted. From February to March, the recruitment of students wishing to come to Japan in April or October of the following year is conducted. The preliminary screening (documentary examination, written examination, and interview) is done at the Japanese Embassies and Consulate Generals overseas. After the preliminary screening, in consultation with the MEXT's selection committee and the university, the recipients are determined.
Research students recommended by the embassy, but whose Japanese ability is insufficient, take a 6-month Japanese training course at the International Student Center. After that, the student joins the graduate school as a research student, takes the entrance examination of the school, and then enrolls it.

February ~ March: Recruited by Japanese Embassies or Consulate Generals abroad

May ~ July: Preliminary screening (documentary examination, written examination, and interview)

~ August: Procedures for Letter of Acceptance *Please see below.

October ~ : Second screening (consultation with the MEXT and the university)

February of the coming year: Notification of acceptance

April or October: Arrival in Japan

* Letter of Acceptance
Only applicants who have been selected as preliminary candidates by the Japanese Embassies or Consulate Generals overseas are required to obtain a Letter of Acceptance from the university of their choice.

In order to obtain a Letter of Acceptance, applicants should consider which professor they would like to receive research guidance from and contact that professor by email to inquire about the possibility of acceptance. Please contact the International Student Affairs Division, Department of International Affairs with the documents listed below attached. (Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the professor [via the International Student Affairs Division] and consult him/her about the research contents and study plans in advance.) If acceptance is granted by the graduate school or department after the applicant has been interviewed by the professor, a Letter of Acceptance can be obtained.

Osaka University accepts some international students recommended by foreign universities under a student-exchange agreement between such universities or departments as well as from research institutes with which the university has exchange programs through joint research. The university recommends such candidates and the MEXT selection committee determines the recipients around June. Entrance for successful candidates begins from October only.
Recruitment will be announced through each faculty in December and January of the year preceding admission.
Required documents include an application form, research plan, certification of language proficiency such as TOEFL or TOEIC scores, graduation certificate (or certificate of expected graduation), academic records of the university attended, and a letter of recommendation from the university the applicant is attending addressed to the President of Osaka University.
For more information, contact the administrative office of each faculty.

December ~ January: Recruited by university (documentary screening and interview)

June: After deliberations at the MEXT, recipients are determined

October: Arrival in Japan


2. Application and admission procedures for privately-funded international students

  • Undergraduate level
    Regarding admission procedures for privately-funded international students, please refer to "Information about admission of privately-funded international students."
  • Graduate level
    Applicants must take the examination held by the graduate school. Each graduate school conducts its own examination once or twice a year, in summer and winter. In most cases, applicants first enroll in the school as a research student in preparation for the exam and involve themselves in research activities. Therefore, applicants need not only academic ability, but also the financial means whereby they can continue as research students until they are allowed to enroll. It goes without saying that if an applicant should fail to pass the entrance exam, s/he will have no choice other than to return home.
    For schedule and subjects of the examinations, please contact the department to which you are applying.
  • Financial aid
    While privately-funded international students may find it difficult to secure sufficient finances to cover their living expenses in Japan, please note the hard fact that competition for obtaining financial aid is very tough. Basically all students want to get financial aid so that they can spend less time working and more time concentrating on their school work. In Osaka University, about 40% of privately-funded international students receive financial aid of some sort or another.
    Each faculty has a good understanding of the University's financial aid application process. There are two types of financial aid: (1) aid in which the university chooses and recommends the candidate, and (2) aid for which the applicant applies directly. In the case of the first, after screening at the faculty, candidates are recommended by the administration office to the organization offering the financial aid.
    Information regarding application for financial aid is normally distributed to international students by means of notices on bulletin boards. Students seeking financial aid should make a habit of regularly viewing such notices and be certain to apply during the designated period(s).
    Regarding pre-enrollment scholarships, other than being selected as a Japanese Government Scholarship Student, there are Honors Scholarships from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The latter scholarship is given for one year to a student who performed well on examination for Japanese university admission. Other than the two mentioned above, application for privately funded scholarships should be made at the school/graduate school that the applicant joins after arriving in Japan.
    1. JASSO Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students
      This scholarship is awarded to privately-funded students of good character who achieved a superior academic record but who are encountering difficulties in their studies due to economic reasons. After application and screening, if accepted, 48,000 yen per month is given to undergraduate students and 65,000 yen per month to graduate students. (Figures given are for the 2014-2015 school year)
    2. Financial aid offered by private organizations and others
      Financial aid is granted or loaned by private organizations and municipal governments. The monthly amount of aid ranges from 30,000 yen to 200,000 yen, but is generally in the 50,000- to 100,000-yen range. Applicant eligibility and the number recruited vary according to the scholarship. Recruitment information is posted on bulletin boards in each faculty when available. Please contact the person in charge of financial aid at the faculty to which you belong.
      For information about the financial aid offered on a yearly basis, refer to the website of Japan Student Support Organization .
  • Tuition fee exemption
    Students who are having difficulty paying tuition fees and who have achieved the minimal academic standard may apply for a tuition fee exemption. A booklet regarding tuition fee exemption is available at Student Centers and the Institute for Higher Education Research and Practice. The deadlines for submitting an application for such are late March (for the first semester) and late September (for the second semester). For additional information, contact the Tuition (Enrollment) Fee Exemption Division.

English courses

Osaka University provides courses in which international students can start and complete their Japanese university education in English. For more information, please go here.