FAQ
Q1:
1.What are typical accommodation costs in Osaka?
2.What are typical living costs in Osaka?
A1:
See Guidebook for International Students which has been prepared to assist them in pursuing their studies and research at Osaka University while enjoying their life here with a minimum of problems.The guidebook contains information about the university, the administrative structure, as well as the various support services provided by the university, such as accommodation, financial aid, and more. In addition, the guidebook also provides information on living in Japan from the mundane (public utilities, etc.) through to information on health insurance, procedures related to medical treatment, residential status, and more. The Guidebook is written in English.
Q2:
What kind of funding can be applied for?
A2:
There are many types of funding and scholarships from the IPC program, Osaka University, and from the Japanese government. See Support.
Q3:
How long does it take to complete a PhD in Japan?
A3:
In general, it takes two years for the completion of a Master program and another three years for the completion of a PhD program.
Q4:
1.Does the program consist in full-time research or are there any lectures?
2.Will there be any Japanese language courses available?
A4:
There are some required lecture courses. See Syllabus. The International Student Center of Osaka University also provides a program of Japanese language lectures consisting of six stages according to the current Japanese language ability of the student. Download the booklet from the link to the right.
Q5:
I took the TOEFL exam but it seems difficult to receive an official score certificate before the IPC application deadline. Is a screen copy of the result of TOEFL iBT test acceptable?
A5:
The copy of the result is acceptable at the stage of application but you must send us the official score certificate as soon as you receive it.
Q6:
Can I apply for the program before I finish my degree ?
A6:
Yes.
Q7:
Will there be an entrance examination held in my country?
A7:
Yes, we can organise the examination at any university.
Q8:
What are the official transcripts of undergraduate work that I should present? Is it the full thesis that I have written for my undergraduate project or just a letter to prove that I have done it?
A8:
Official transcripts refers to an official college document that shows a list of your classes and the scores you received.

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