Application Information

Application Procedure


Maple Program Call for Applications document is uploaded.

End of February

Universities that have entered into a mutual exchange student agreement with Osaka University recommend students for the Maple Program.

End of March

The candidates submit their application.

Near the end of May

Notification of acceptance to the Maple Program


Students submit all necessary documents.


Placement test (online)


Arrival in Japan

Call for applications

Number of students approximately 80
Program period 12 months from September to August

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a university/ an institution that has concluded a mutual student exchange agreement with Osaka University
  2. Students must be enrolled in official courses of their respective universities throughout the Maple Program period (September 2020 to August 2021)
  3. Students must have excellent academic performance at their home university/institution, in order to guarantee their success in studying in Japan
  4. In principle, students must be in their third year or higher in an undergraduate program
  5. Students must have Japanese language proficiency equivalent to or higher than Level N4 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

Before applying, students are encouraged to consult either an academic adviser or a student exchange office of their university/institution.

Tuition Tuition is waived for students whose home university/institution and Osaka University have entered into a mutual agreement under which tuition is waived.

Maple Program students are eligible to apply for the following scholarship:

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) scholarship

a. Amount:
Monthly stipend: 80,000 yen per 31 days-cycle

b. Eligibility and conditions

  1. Students must be enrolled in a university or an institution that has concluded a mutual student-exchange agreement with Osaka University.
  2. Students must have excellent academic performance at their home university/institution, outstanding character, definite vision and objectives for studying in Japan, and high potential for success in studying in Japan.
  3. Only students who should have financial difficulties studying in Japan at their own expense are eligible.
  4. Students may not receive scholarships from other organizations, including scholarships the monthly amount of which is lower than 80,000 yen in total.
  5. Students may not receive the Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students from the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).
  6. Students can neither receive nor apply for a scholarship from the Japanese government (MEXT).
  7. For those students scheduled for approval of credits acquired during the Maple Program by their home university: the recipient of the scholarship is required to submit a document issued by the student’s home university which verifies accreditation after completion of the Maple Program.

For details of the scholarship, please visit the website of the Japan Student
Services Organization (JASSO).

For further information, please visit our website:

The Maple Program is one-year program starting in September (classes starting at the beginning of October) and ending in August. The Program comprises the fall and winter, and the spring and summer terms. A Certification of Program Completion will be issued to students who earn 30 credits or more in one year.