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Exchange Opportunities

Exchange Opportunities

Currently, Osaka University has concluded 132 inter-university and 613 inter-faculty academic exchange agreements (as of October 1, 2019). Students of our Program can apply for short- or long-term periods of study abroad during their degree studies, based on their interests and place availability.

PROSPECTUS 2020, Osaka University
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PROSPECTUS 2020, Osaka University

The Office of International Exchange (OIE) in the Graduate School of Human Sciences/School of Human Sciences has been established to promote overseas study and international exchange. It provides support for daily living, education, and research matters for international students and also provides information and consultation for Osaka University students seeking to study abroad.

As of March 19, 2020, 13 of our current students went on to short/long-term exchange programs at McMaster University (1) and University of British Columbia (1) in Canada, the University of Nottingham (2) and the University of Sheffield (1) in the United Kingdom, the Grenoble Alpes University (1) in France, the Autonomous University of Madrid (1) in Spain, University of California in Berkeley (2), San Diego (1), Washington University (1), Rice University(1) in USA, Australian National University (1) in Australia.

For more information about exchange opportunities and programs, please visit:
The Office of International Exchange, School of Human Sciences:
International Exchange office, Osaka University:

Memoirs of Exchange Students


Memoirs of Exchange Students / Miku

From September 2013 to June 2014, I studied Sociology at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Having lived in Japan all my life, studying abroad was my long-cherished dream. I flew to England with great anticipation.

Since there were not many international students in the Sociology department, I often felt I had a fresh pers me confidence and skills I can use anywhere I go in the future. Equally important, studying in the UK not only allowed me to learn about the British culture but also an opportunity to view Japan from a new perspective. It also allowed me to think about my identity as a Japanese person.

Of course, studying abroad is not just about academic learning. By making the most of the opportunities made available at the university, I was able to learn about my strengths and weaknesses, and grow as a person. At the University of Nottingham, the student union encourages students to actively take part in various events and societies at school under the slogan ‘Getting involved’. From more than 200 societies to choose from, I decided to join the Belly Dance Society because I wanted to try something new. I still remember going to the first practice session feeling nervous about not knowing anyone. But soon I realized most of the people at practice were also beginners just like me. Weekly lessons took place in a very friendly atmosphere so I was able to make many friends. I took part in various performances and I really enjoyed performing in front of an audience. Taking part in events made me feel I was contributing back to the university as well as the local community. Here I would like to refer to Osaka University’s motto, ‘Live locally, grow globally’. By getting involved in a local community, I was able expand my network and gain confidence that I could adapt anywhere I go.

My experience at Nottingham is one I will treasure all my life. Although the friends I made there are now spread all over the world, I still keep in touch with many of them and am looking forward to seeing them again in the future. Lastly, I would like to thank my family, friends, professors, and the university staff who supported me throughout my time abroad.
(OIE Bulletin News Letter No.14, The Office of International Exchange, School of Human Sciences, 2015)


Memoirs of Exchange Students / Noriko

Studying abroad is one of the best ways to experience firsthand Osaka University’s motto to foster students who “Live Locally, Grow Globally”. When you study at a host university, you get to immerse yourself in their local culture, and through your interactions with people from different backgrounds you expand your global perspective. I experienced this myself when I went on an exchange to the University of California at Berkeley, USA.

I chose UC Berkeley (also known as Cal), not only because it is an academically esteemed institution, but also because they are known for their school spirit and diverse student body. From the moment I stepped onto the campus, I felt that everyone was proud to be a UC Berkeley student, many people wearing Cal gear to represent the school (e.g. shirts, hoodies and caps). Soon after, I owned various Cal goods and also felt part of the UC Berkeley student body. The university was always lively, with students singing acappella, selling cupcakes, and other various student body activities. One thing that really left an impression on me about their school spirit was that everyone came together, no matter their field of study, race or gender when there was some form of school competition (e.g. football games or debates). You would hear people chanting, singing and cheering ‘Go Bears’ for the school!

In the courses I attended, I was able to meet and interact with many American students who came from different demographic backgrounds. Not only did I learn from them, I also shared my experiences and knowledge as an Osaka University student. I also had a wonderful experience living in a dorm for international students called the I-house, a multicultural residence with around 600 students and scholars from 70+ countries. Here, I felt as if all the nationalities of the world were gathered in one place to foster peace by building lifelong relationships. The people living at I-house were also helpful to me emotionally. Because most of the residents were exchange students themselves, they could understand my situation when I experienced homesickness or had any difficulty adapting to my new life at UC Berkeley.

Studying abroad not only gave me the opportunity to further my academics and build relationships, but also to travel around. I took advantage of the holidays I had and traveled to New York, Boston and even went on a road trip along the West Coast during my spring break. I believe experiencing new things outside of school is of equal importance to studying hard.

I encourage all students to take the wonderful opportunity to study abroad. I would like to leave you with two tips if you decide to go on exchange.
Tip 1) Research: Osaka University has a range of destinations for studying abroad; therefore, research is key to finding the right one for you. For example, you should research the university mission, its culture, and the environment surrounding the university. This will help you get a better sense of what life may look like once you arrive there, and lessen the culture shock you may experience.
Tip2) Planning: Before you decide to leave on exchange, talk to your supervisor about the requirements you need to fulfill. By planning ahead, you will know what is expected of you before, during and after your exchange. This will help clear concerns you may have, such as graduation or job-hunting issues.

Lastly, I would like to thank Osaka University for giving me the opportunity to study abroad as part of my education.
(OIE Bulletin News Letter No.14, The Office of International Exchange, School of Human Sciences, 2015)

Memoirs of Exchange Students