Take your chance to study in Japan!

Japan is full of charm with traditional culture. The environment is extremely comfortable to live in with low-cost of living, safety, highly advanced infrastructure, and people with a gentle heart.

Quick Look at OIT Student Exchange Program

Features

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet is the summary of OIT Student Exchange Program provided in PDF to download.

Fact Sheet for Year 2024-2025

Videos

FYI

Program Outline

1. Research / Internship

Research

Also known as “Research Stay.” Exchange students conduct their research work in a laboratory or a research center of your choice. Research students can work on the research for your thesis or a related research topic conducted there to complement your thesis. JASSO scholarship opportunity is available.

Supervising professor(s) will support your research work in English; therefore, proficiency of Japanese language is not required.

Depending on the situation, you may be able to attend some classes as an auditor, but it is not always assured.

Internship

Exchange students work in a laboratory or a research center of your choice and involve in a research project conducted there. Exchange students are not paid for internship work.

Supervising professor(s) will provide instructions in English; therefore, proficiency of Japanese language is not required.

Depending on the situation, you may be able to attend some classes as an auditor, but it is not always assured.

Research / Internship
Term Regular semester term (up to 2 semesters) or Customized (up to one year)
Credit Unavailable
Student Card Unavailable
Eligibility Only students satisfying all of the following requirements may apply:
  1. Students who are at an undergraduate (3rd year or above) or a graduate level when starting the exchange program.
    * Master or Doctoral students are highly recommended. The applicants are expected to demonstrate eligible academic/research competence to participate and contribute in the laboratory they apply for.
  2. Students who are enrolled as a full-time student at a partner university during their entire period of study at OIT.
  3. Students who demonstrate excellent academic performance.
  4. Students who have a clear intention to study at OIT.
Language Requirement Japanese proficiency (at least JLPT N2 level or equivalent) or
English proficiency (at least CEFR B1 level or equivalent) required.
Additional Information

2. Coursework

Exchange students can enroll in equivalent courses at OIT in subjects that are related to their faculties and study background in their home university for credits for 1 or 2 semesters.
JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) Level N2 or equivalent is at least required because most of the courses are taught in Japanese.

Coursework
Term Regular semester term (up to 2 semesters)

  • 1st (Spring) Semester: April - August (5 months)
  • 2nd (Fall) Semester: Early September - Early February (5 months)
Credit Available (Students must consult their home universities for procedures regarding credit transfers.)
Student Card Available (Your status will be "Special Auditor.")
Eligibility Only students satisfying all of the following requirements may apply:
  1. Students who are at an undergraduate (3rd year or above) or a graduate level when starting the exchange program.
  2. Students who are enrolled as a full-time student at a partner university during their entire period of study at OIT.
  3. Students who demonstrate excellent academic performance.
  4. Students who have a clear intention to study at OIT.
Language Requirement Japanese proficiency (at least JLPT N2 level or equivalent) required. *
*Except those who wish to take courses in the Graduate School of Intellectual Property (English courses provided). Find out courses provided in English, here.
Additional Information

Application for Exchange Programs

Application Instructions

Note: Application instructions provided here are for exchange students from partner universities with which OIT has a Memorandum of Understanding or an Agreement concerning student exchange.
Students of UMAP member institutions must apply through UMAP web site.

Selection and Nominations

Application

Application Package:
1. Application Form Make sure to fill out all the required information using MS Word. (no hand writing)
2. Proof(s) of Language Proficiency [scanned data (PDF)] A copy of Score Report (JLPT, IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, etc.)
3. Recommendation Letter [scanned data (PDF)] Signed by a supervisor of the home university.
4. Official Certificate of Enrollment [scanned data (PDF)] Issued by the home university and must include:
  • Name of the university
  • Name of the faculty/school you are enrolled in
  • Current degree level (undergraduate/master/doctoral)
  • Expected date of graduation *
    *This date must be after the official end of your study at OIT.
5. Official Transcript of Academic Records [scanned data (PDF)] Issued by the home university and must include the grading system notes.
6. Photocopy of Passport (identification page) Must be valid through the end of your exchange period.
7. ID Photograph Data Please read carefully the photo requirements here

  • Taken within the last 6 months.
  • 40mm×30mm (560 x 420 pixels or larger)
  • File size: Less than 2 MB
8. COE Application If you are required to obtain a student visa to enter Japan, you need to have a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). For those who are required, download the application form and fill out.

  • Read more about visa here
  • Application form is available from here
  • Sample form is available from here

How to Submit

The application package must be submitted by the exchange program coordinator of home university to OIT International Center by email to OIT.Kokusai@josho.ac.jp by the deadline shown below.

* We don’t accept application packages sent directly from students or faculty members.

Application Schedule

Exchange Study for 1st (Spring) Semester 2025
(April 2025 - August 2025)
2nd (Fall) Semester 2025
(September 2025 - February 2026)
Application Deadline October 31, 2024 March 31, 2025

* For those who are applying for the Research/Internship program, if you are starting in the middle of semester, the application deadline is normally 5 months before the start of program.

JASSO Scholarship

JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) offers scholarship for qualified international students accepted under a student exchange agreement. It is called Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Study in Japan under Agreement).

OIT’s student exchange program is selected by JASSO, and OIT International Center providing the scholarship to a limited number of selected exchange students who do research stay with a student visa. The amount of scholarship is 80,000 JPY per month and paid by either by cash or bank deposit to a local bank account.
For detail, please read here.

Further Steps (Acceptance, Preparation of Departure, etc.)

The detailed information for the following contents is available at “Pre-departure Guide for Exchange Students”.

1. Acceptance

After receiving a student’s application package, we will forward it to a concerned department where they decide acceptance and appoint a supervising professor(s). Then, after the approval of OIT president, OIT International Center will issue the official letter of acceptance and send it via e-mail.

2. Visa Application

If you need to obtain a student visa, we will apply for Certificate of Eligibility (COE) on behalf of the exchange students themselves. It normally takes up to 2 months for issuance of the COE. With COE with other required documents, you can apply for the visa at the embassy or consulate-general of Japan in your country. For details, please refer to “Pre-departure Guide for Exchange Students”.

3. Housing

Unless you prefer other accommodation, International Center will arrange all exchange students to live in our off-campus dormitory, "International House" provided by Josho Gakuen Educational Foundation. Each room is private and fully furnished with a bathroom, an air conditioner, a sink, a bed, a desk, and a refrigerator. The rent is exceptionally affordable. It's located 3 km from Omiya Campus and in the quiet residential neighborhood close to Downtown.

NOTE:

4. Living Cost

It depends on the individual, but in general more than 85,000 yen is required per month. More details shown in "Pre-departure Guide for Exchange Students"

Check the latest currency exchange rates here: https://www.google.com/finance/markets/currencies

5. Insurances

International Travel Insurance

OIT requires all exchange students to be covered by an international travel insurance for the entire period of your study abroad. Read here about coverage requirements.

In addition to the International Travel Insurance, you must be covered by the following two insurances after your arrival in Japan.

National Health Insurance (NHI)

Exchange students who will stay in Japan more than 3 months must join the National Health Insurance (NHI) regardless of the kind of insurance they may already have.

Personal Accident Insurance for Student Pursuing Education and Research (Gakkensai)

All OIT students are required to be covered by "Gakkensai" that provides necessary support in the case of accident or injury suffered during activities related to research or education.

Comprehensive Insurance for Students Lives Coupled with "Gakkensai"

In addition to the Gakkensai, this insurance premium offers comprehensive support in the case of unexpected incidents occurring during student life such as riding a bicycle. It covers personal compensation responsibility (liability) up to 100,000,000 yen. and also death and physical impediment up to 1,000,000 yen.

6. After your Arrival (Orientation)

On your first day of commute to the campus, OIT staff or student volunteer will pick you up at the dormitory. At the campus, you will attend an orientation held by the International Center.
If you will stay in Japan for more than 3 months, OIT staff or student volunteer will also take you to the local ward office/city hall to complete the resident registration and other procedures.

Inquiries

You can contact the OIT International Center by e-mail. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

International Center
Address 5-16-1 Omiya, Asahi-ku, Osaka, 535-8585 Japan
E-mail OIT.Kokusai@josho.ac.jp
Tel +81-6-6954-4935
Fax +81-6-6954-4485
Office hours
  • Monday to Friday: 9:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday: Available by appointment or email
  • Sunday and Holidays: Closed
Location & Access Omiya Campus Chast 1F

Reference for Prospective Exchange Students