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iExPO -- Outline

In the iExPO (Immersion Exchange Program Osaka), schools and graduate schools at Osaka University accept international students from institutions with an exchange agreement with OU. Students are able to freely choose classes from courses there and conduct research under the guidance of a teacher. However, international students in this program are required to have a good level of fluency in Japanese language in order to take classes for regular students. Students joining this program can take classes or receive research guidance at the school or graduate school as special auditors or research students without a change in their status at their home university.

Enrollment status categories

  • Special school auditors: students take classes and can earn credits.
  • Special research graduate students: students conduct research at their graduate school or research institute; they do not earn credits.

Required language ability

In this program, international students are required to have superior ability in Japanese language in order to take classes for regular students; the required level of language ability varies by school. For more information, go here.

Special school auditors

Required language ability School

Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Grade 1/N1

Letters, Economics, Science
Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Grade 2/N2 Human Sciences, Foreign Studies, Law, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, Engineering Science

Special graduate school auditors

Required language ability Graduate School

Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Grade 1/N1

Letters, Economics, Science, Language and Culture
Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Grade 2/N2

Human Sciences, Law, Medicine, Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering,

Engineering Science, International Public Policy, Information Science and Technology, Frontier Biosciences

Special graduate school research students

Required language ability Graduate School
Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Grade 1/N1 Letters, Language and Culture

Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Grade 2/N2, or TOEFL iBT 80

Graduate Schools of Human Sciences, Law, Economics, Science, Medicine, Health Sciences, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, Engineering Science, International Public Policy, Information Science and Technology, Frontier Bioscience; Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Institute for Protein Research, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Joining and Welding Research Institute, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research

 

Duration

  1. From April through August (5 months)
  2. From April through February (11 months)
  3. September through February (6 months). Orientation in September. Classes start in October.
  4. September through August (12 months). Orientation in September. Classes start in October
  5. More than 3 months and less than 12 months. (Only available for special graduate school research students)

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