Osaka University

351–400 th
World University Rankings 2021
401–600 th
Impact Rankings 2020
8 th
Japan University Rankings 2020
1-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka, 565-0871, Japan

Osaka University was founded in 1931 as one of the seven imperial universities of Japan and has now expanded to one of Japan’s leading comprehensive universities. The university houses more than 23,000 students and more than 6,600 faculty and staff members. Osaka University was named Japan’s most innovative university and is included among the most innovative institutions in the world according to the Nature Index 2017 Innovation publication. The university’s ability to innovate stems from its broad disciplinary spectrum and strong industry-university collaboration, as well as its engagement with, and contributions to, society. The university will continue to explore new research fields, develop greater innovation from the fundamental research stages, and make even greater efforts to pioneer interdisciplinary research projects.

With the motto “Live Locally, Grow Globally,” Osaka University has adopted a vision of openness for 2021. To this end, we strive to make our education, research and community more open and inviting, and ensure that our three campuses are places where outstanding students and researchers from around the world can gather, learn, discover, and collaborate. Since the integration with the Osaka University of Foreign Studies in 2007, Osaka University has enhanced its capacity in the studies of language and culture, and we are intensifying efforts to enhance degree programs conducted in English and the Japanese language support for international students and faculty. In recent years, the university has also actively expanded its global outreach by setting up Overseas Centers in San Francisco, Groningen, Bangkok and Shanghai.

Schools / Faculty / Graduate Schools

Osaka University at a Glance & Admission Guide

Osaka University’s English Newsletter GLOBAL OUTLOOK

Why study at Osaka University?

World-leading Research

Osaka University is a comprehensive research university at which some of the most advanced research in the world is currently taking place.

You can find more information in the following videos, which provide an introduction to OU researchers and students working at the forefront in medicine, quantum information and biology, and robotics.

Pioneering Medicine through Translational Research at Osaka University

Forging a New Path to Quantum Information at Osaka University

A Unique Approach to the Humanity of Robotics at Osaka University

Education at a Top-Tier Institution

With its cutting-edge research achievements, Osaka University also enjoys a prestigious reputation as a top-tier institution in Japan and offers a variety of programs, including those conducted in English.

Take a look at the links below for details on programs and courses offered in English:

Degree programs in English for undergraduates

Degree Programs in English for Graduates

  • Graduate School of Science

Special integrated Science Course
International Physics Course

  • Graduate School of Engineering

Biotechnology Global Human Resource Development Program for Industry-University Co-Creation
Chemical Science Course
International Priority Graduate Program on Applied and Engineering Physics
International Program of Mechanical Engineering
International Program of Materials and Manufacturing Science
Global Science and Engineering Course on Electrical, Electronic and Infocommunications Engineering
International Program of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering
International Program of Maritime and Urban Engineering

  • Graduate School of Engineering Science

Special Program of “Engineering Science 21st Century”

Graduate School of Information Science and Technology

Information Technology Special Course in English
Double-Degree Programs

For other programs (including exchange and short-term programs) and details regarding admission, visit the following site:

Spacious Campuses

Located in northern Osaka, Osaka University has three campuses in the cities of Suita, Toyonaka, and Minoh, and a fourth campus at Nakanoshima in the center of Osaka City. Each campus offers easy access to both Osaka (Itami) Airport and the bullet train at Shin-Osaka Station.

The Minoh Campus is due to relocate to an urban area of northern Osaka in April 2021. The new campus will serve as a hub to reinvigorate exchange between citizens in the area and accept and interact with people from around the world. It will also act as a test field for validating ventures in order to utilize seeds of technology from industry-university collaboration in multiple languages and cultures for advancing the global market.

Osaka University will also open two integrated facilities called Global Villages which include student dormitories.

Affordable Tuition

As Osaka University is a national university corporation, its tuition fees are relatively less expensive than private universities. There are no differences in tuition between Japanese students and international students, and the university also offers several financial support programs.

Explore rankings data for Osaka University

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Key statistics

  • 7.4
    No. of students per staff
  • 12%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 32 : 68
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 22,867
    Number of FTE Students
  • ¥4,523
    Finance per Student (¥000s)
Based on data collected for the (1) 2021 World University Rankings and (2) 2020 Japan University Rankings