Osaka University was founded in 1931 as the sixth imperial university of Japan through strong demand from the business and government sectors of Osaka, as well as the people of Osaka City and Prefecture. The roots of Osaka University can be found in Kaitokudo and Tekijuku of the Edo period.
The academic culture and spirit of these two places of scholarship are inherited even today, and the spirit of innovation and a restless spirit of challenge serve as the cornerstone for our endeavors in education and research. And after a huge undertaking merging Osaka University with Osaka University of Foreign Studies in 2007, the university has shown that it will continue to develop as one of Japan’s leading comprehensive research universities.
Osaka University will further promote the globalization of research, the development of young researchers and increase diversity, a source of development of scholarship, by employing more female faculty and international faculty members.
Furthermore, under the leadership of the president, the university will create a research environment where researchers from all over the world will gather and further improve the university's excellence in research.
At Student Centers, graduate and undergraduate students of Osaka University can be provided with services such as: applications and procedures for financial aid, applications and procedures for exemption from enrollment and tuition fees, procedures for extracurricular activities, and information about employment. The centers also provide consultations on campus life. For more on matters the Student Centers handle, see the table at the bottom of this page.
Regardless of which school or graduate school a student belongs to, he/she can receive assistance at any of the Student Centers--Toyonaka, Suita, or Minoh.
Please feel free to visit any of the centers at your convenience and request assistance on a variety of matters.
Information about procedures, including deadlines, is posted on bulletin boards at each faculty/graduate school and Student Center as well as on the KOAN bulletin board. Students should make a habit of regularly viewing such bulletin boards and be sure to file any necessary documents during the designated periods.
Student life can often be simplified by living in a dormitory. Osaka University has five dormitories: Toneyama, Seimei, Niina, Koyo, and Momiji. All rooms are Western-style and, in order to provide students with some privacy, single rooms. Rooms are furnished with a bookcase (only in Toneyama, Seimei, and Niina), a bed, a locker or closet.
Joint-use facilities include bathrooms, rest rooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Boarding students have a cleaning rota for these facilities. There are no restaurants in dormitories, but residents can cook in public kitchens. Internet access is available throughout the dormitories. The internet service fee is charged.
Health Care Center, Toyonaka, Suita, and Minoh rooms, offers consultation services on physical and mental health, as well as medical care by the doctors, including internal medicine, psychiatry, and orthopedics. Anyone feeling concern about or discomfort in their physical or mental condition is encouraged to receive counseling and to learn health education at the center.