・Do I need to seek the prior approval of my prospective supervisor?
Applicants for the following programs need the prior approval of their prospective supervisors. Please contact your prospective supervisor and seek their approval before submitting your application.
Master's Courses (MCs)
- ITSCE (Information Technology Special Course in English)
- Special Selection for International Applicants
Doctoral Courses (DCs)
- All programs
Although prior approval is not required for programs other than those listed above, international students are advised to discuss their plans with their prospective supervisors before applying.
・Is ITSCE an integrated course that encompasses both an MC and a DC? Is it possible to graduate with just a Master's degree?
ITSCE is an integrated program that encompasses a two-year MC and a three-year DC, and students can graduate with both a Master's degree and a PhD. Although it is possible to complete only one of the courses, if students enroll in MC, those who intend to continue on DC after completing MC are eligible for the program since this program is a coherent curriculum.
・Are there any programs where admitted students will receive a scholarship?
Students are required to apply for scholarships separately from the entrance examinations.
Please refer to the "Scholarships" section for more information on the scholarships that you are eligible to apply for.
(About the selection process for applicants)
・Is the Special Selection for International Applicants conducted in English?
No, it is only conducted in Japanese under normal circumstances.
The oral examination for DCs may be conducted in English.
・I am an international student. May I apply for the General Selection?
Yes, international students may also apply for the General Selection. Although the approval of your prospective supervisor is not required for the General Selection for MCs, international students are advised to discuss their plans with their prospective supervisors before applying.
・Is Japanese language proficiency required for other courses besides ITSCE? What level of Japanese language proficiency is necessary?
While MCs do not specifically require any qualifications or scores, a reasonable level of Japanese language proficiency is necessary as most classes are conducted in Japanese.
For DCs, please seek the advice of your prospective supervisor.
(About application documents)
・What should I do with my application documents if I live overseas, given that they need to stamped with the approval seal of my prospective supervisor?
Before posting your application form, please approach your prospective supervisor and request them to stamp their approval seal on your application form once they receive it. After obtaining their agreement, post the application package to our graduate admissions officer. Once the admissions officer receives your application documents, your form will be passed to your prospective supervisor for them to stamp their approval seal.
・Is IELTS accepted as proof of my English language proficiency?
IELTS transcripts are acceptable only for ITSCE (Information Technology Special Course in English) applications. For more information, please refer to Top ≫ News & Topics ≫ Admission Examinees Topics ≫ English Test for Admission in 2023 (including Admission in October 2022) on the current English website.
・Is it possible to submit my TOEFL score report via ETS? If so, I am unsure of the code that I need to provide to ETS.
It is possible to submit your scores directly to our graduate school via ETS. However, please apply well in advance as your scores will not be included as part of your application if the score report fails to reach us before the first day of the examinations. The code numbers you should provide to ETS are as follows:
<Please send your TOEFL Official Score Reports to:>
DI Code：B659 (Osaka Univ Grad School of Information Science and Technology)
Department Code: 99 (Any Department Not Listed)
・Who should I approach to write my letter of recommendation? Is there any requirement? (for MCs/ITSCE)
There are no specific requirements, but it is preferable for letters of recommendation to be written by someone who has been involved in the applicant's academic or research activities.