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2021 Entrance Examination (for admission in April 2021)


Regarding special considerations for the 2021 Entrance Examinations (published July 30, 2020)

Special considerations will be in place for the General Screening and Comprehensive Selection & Admission by School Recommendation in accordance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For more information, please view this file. (file in Japanese)

The Recommendation Letter for High School Principals (form designated by Osaka University) can be found here. (file in Japanese)

2021 Application Guidelines (announced on July 15, 2020)

The online version of the Osaka University Guidebook 2021 is available.

To obtain Osaka University Guidebook, school brochures, and application materials, click here.


Changes in the selection process for the 2021 Entrance Examination (published January 16, 2020)

In order to provide a more multifaceted and comprehensive evaluation of the "3 elements of academic ability" ([knowledge/skill] - [power to think/decide/express] - [having a sense of autonomy to work and learn together with diverse individuals]) in the entrance examinations at Osaka University, some portions of the evaluation process for the 2021 Entrance Examination (given during the 2020-2021 academic year) will be changed.

For information regarding the 2021 Entrance Examination, click here.


If there are any changes to this schedule and/or screening methods due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, they will be posted here. Make sure to obtain the latest information.

February Exams
Registration period for the Web Application System* Tuesday, January 12 ~ Wednesday, February 2, 2021
Application acceptance period Monday, January 25 ~ Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Announcement of successful applicants of

the Common Test for University Admissions

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Individual Achievement Examinations Thursday, February 25, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021 (limited to the following)
  • Interviews at the Faculty of Medicine (Medicine) and School of Dentistry
  • Interview/essays at the School of Pharmaceutical Science
Announcement of successful applicants of
Individual Achievement Examinations
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

*You can register with the online application system before the application period, but please submit your application forms during the application period.

Viewing of questions, sample answers, and intent of questions for the 2020 Entrance Examinations at Osaka University

Originally, Osaka University had planned to allow individuals to access to questions, sample answers, and intent of questions for the 2020 Entrance Examinations at the university in the near future but has decided to postpone it in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Additional information will be posted on this site in the coming days.

You can view questions, correct answers, and intent of questions given during the 2020 Entrance Examinations on the “Past examination questions and answers“ page.


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