About OU

Osaka University is recognized as one of the leading research universities in the world and is at the forefront of technological and social innovation. It is consistently ranked among the best universities in Asia and the world. With a history dating back to 1931, it is one of the most prestigious comprehensive universities in Japan.

Osaka University has upwards of 25,000 students, and our undergraduate student body is the largest of all national universities in Japan. Eight percent of all students are international students, and we have a variety of programs for our students from overseas. We offer extensive support for international students both before and after their arrival in Japan, and we are planning to further internationalize our university and increase the ratio of international students to 10 percent in the coming years.

Number of Students,Academic Staff and Administrative Staff

  • Number of Students(as of May 1,2015)

    Number of Students

  • Number of academic and administrative staff(as of May 1,2015)

    Number of academinistrative

Number of international students(as of May 1, 2015) Total:2,094

【 Funding of international students】
Japanese govermment scholarship students 627
Unsponsored international students
(including foreign govermment sponsored students)
【 By course】
Undergraduate schools/faculty 346
Graduate schools (masterʼs courses) 558
Graduate schools (doctoral courses) 591
Non-regular students (research students, auditors, etc.) 599
【 Top 5 Schools/Graduate schools accepting international students】
1, School/Graduate School of Engineering 482
2, School/Graduate School of Economics 209
3, Graduate School of Language and Culture 185
4, School/Graduate School of Engineering Science 148
5, School/Graduate School of Science 145



Osaka Prefecture is a central hub in the Kansai region, which collectively encompasses Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo, Wakayama and Shiga prefectures, with the third largest population in Japan. As of December 2013, about 210,000 non-Japanese resided in Osaka. The Kansai area features places of natural beauty and countless temples, boasting a World Heritage site on Mount Koya in Wakayama, as well as a variety of cultural points of interest in Kyoto and Nara. The frenzied shopping streets and lights of Umeda and Shinsaibashi are contrasted with ancient cultural sites and traditions further afield to give a portrait of the Japanese culture of past and present.


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