Osaka University, Japan

World Rankings

  • QS World University Ranking (2018–19) 67

Student Services and Facilities

Student jobs

  • Under the new residence management system, students are permitted to work a limited amount of up to 28 hours a week, 8 hours a day. The part-time job should not conflict with academic work, and should not affect public order and morals.
  • Services such as Osaka University Co-op and Nasic I Support Co., Ltd. can assist students in finding part-time jobs and tutoring jobs.

Academic Standards

  • A number of degree programmes are taught in English.
  • Osaka University has exchange agreements with some 99 universities across the world, and 398 inter-faculty agreements. Visit the University's website at http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/international/action/exchange for more details.
  • The Institute for Academic Initiatives (IAI) was recently set up in order to promote interdisciplinary education and research under the leadership of President Toshio Hirano.

Students' Union

  • Osaka University International Students’ Association (OUISA) – student organised group that includes both students and staff of Osaka University.
  • Brother and Sister Programme (B.S.P) – Volunteer organisation.


  • Officially founded in 1931 as Japan’s 6th imperial university.
  • Osaka University’s roots, particularly that of the schools of Medicine and Science, can be traced back to Tekijuku, which was founded in 1838 by Ogata Koan.
  • The school of letters originated from Kaitokudo, tracing back as far as 1729.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Hideki Yukawa – Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • Hantaro Nagaoka – Physicist.
  • Akio Morita – founder of Sony.
  • Akira Yoshino – invented lithium-ion battery.
  • Hiroshi Haruki – mathematician and author of Haruki’s theorem and Haruki’s Lemma.
  • Michio Morishima – economist, co-founder of International Economic Review.
  • Osamu Hayaishi – The Wolf Prize laureate in Medicine in 1986.
  • Osamu Tezuka – Manga Artist (Black Jack, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Astro Boy).
  • Koushum Takami – journalist, author of Battle Royale.

For further information

International Students Affairs Division, Osaka University:


Osaka University, 1–1 Yamadaoka , Suita , Osaka , 565-0871, Japan