In September 2015, our Program had its first group of graduates, two of which decided to continue their studies in graduate school, while the other two acquired positions in well-known Japanese corporations.
Here is one student's testimony and advice for our future students:
If you want to experience a Western style education and be part of the local Japanese community, the International Program here can offer you that. Some benefits of this program include a small intake of selected students from around the world. Not only will you be studying among people from different cultural backgrounds, but the small number of students means a high student–faculty ratio, which gave me the opportunity to receive individual attention from professors and deepen my knowledge about each subject. If you are considering Osaka University, I have two pieces of advice for you. First, work hard from the start because there will be more opportunities for you as you transition year by year. For example, I was able to do a one-year study abroad at the University of California at Berkley in my junior year. Second, take a variety of elective courses in your freshman and sophomore year to find what you are truly passionate about studying. This will help you narrow down your area of focus as well as ease your transition into writing your dissertation in your senior year.