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Okayama University International Admissions

Last Updated on May 24, 2024 by Team College Learners

Okayama University (岡山大学, Okayama Daigaku) is a national university in Japan. The main campus is located in Tsushima-Naka, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture.

The school was founded in 1870 and it was established as a university in 1949.

History

Okayama University was originally founded as the Medical Training Place (医学館, Igakkan) in 1870 by Okayama-Han. After the abolition of the han system, it became the Okayama Prefectural Medical School (岡山県医学校) in 1880. In 1888 it was merged into a national school, the Third Higher Middle School (第三高等中学校, Daisan kōtō chūgakkō) to constitute the Medical Faculty. The Medical Faculty became an independent school in 1901 and was renamed Okayama Medical Speciality School (岡山医学専門学校, Okayama igaku semmon gakkō), a four-year medical school for men ages 17–21 or above. In 1922, the school was chartered as Okayama Medical College (岡山医科大学, Okayama ika daigaku), a four-year medical college for men ages 19–23 or above.

In 1949, after World War II, the college was merged with other national and public colleges in Okayama Prefecture to establish Okayama University, under Japan’s new education system. The predecessors of the university were Okayama Medical College, the Sixth Higher School (第六高等学校, Dairoku kōtō gakkō, established in 1900), Okayama Normal School (岡山師範学校, Okayama shihan gakkō, founded in 1874), Okayama Youth’s Normal School (岡山青年師範学校, Okayama seinen shihan gakkō, founded in 1922) and Okayama (Prefectural) Agricultural College (岡山農業専門学校, Okayama nōgyō semmon gakkō, established in 1946).

The new campus (Tsushima Campus) was the former camp of the Imperial Japanese Army (the 17th Division). After occupation army left the camp in 1947, the students of the Sixth Higher School (whose buildings were burnt in the war) guarded the camp, residing in the former military barracks. Later, the camp became their campus. The faculties of Okayama University, except the Medical School, were gradually relocated to Tsushima Campus.

The university at first had five faculties: Law and Letters, Education, Science, Agriculture and Medicine. The latter history of the university is as follows:

  • 1951: Ohara Institute for Agricultural Research (大原農業研究所, Ōhara nōgyō kenkyūsho, founded in 1914 by Magosaburō Ōhara) joined the university.
    • Later reorganized into the Institute for Agricultural and Biological Sciences (in 1953) and then the Research Institute for Bioresources (in 1988).
  • 1960: the Faculty of Engineering was established.
  • 1967: Professor Jun Kobayashi (analytic chemistry, Faculty of Agriculture) announced the cause of Itai-itai disease as cadmium poisoning. Itai-itai disease (meaning “ouch ouch” disease in Japanese), was a severe pain disease affecting Toyama Prefecture as a result of mining over the course of 1,500 years.
  • 1976: the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences was established.
  • 1979: the Dental School was established (in Shikata Campus).
  • 1980: the Faculty of Law and Letters was divided into three faculties: Letters, Law and Economics.
  • 1994: the Faculty of Environmental Science and Technology was established.

Okayama University badgeOkayama University Communication Symbol

Academics

  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Science
  • Medical School
  • Dental School
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Environmental Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Matching Program Course
  • Discovery Program for Global Learners (English-medium program)

Faculty of Law

In 1949, Okayama University set up the department of law, economics and literature at the same time as the university was founded. In those days, this was the only faculty of law in the region of Chugoku and Shikoku. Later in 1980, Okayama University reorganized the department and separated the faculty of law which became the department of law today. Then, in 2004, Okayama University reorganized again when the law graduate course was established.

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World401-500 (2020)
QS World571-580 (2021)
THE World801-1000 (2020)
USNWR Global577 (2020)
Regional – Overall
QS Asia156 (2020)
THE Asia201-250 (2020)
USNWR Asia101 (2020)

Faculty of Economics: Department of Economics (including evening course)

Modern Economic Analysis

International Comparative Economics

Management and Accounting

Students who take this course work in administration, including management, organization, and strategy, and in accounting and financing, Students come to understand and develop insights into actual company operations. This course has students who want to be a certified public accountant or a licensed tax accountant.

Faculty of Science

  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Medical School (in Shikata Campus)

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Department of Nursing
  • Department of Radiological Technology
  • Department of Medical Technology

Dental School (in Shikata Campus

  • School of Dentistry

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Department of Pharmacy
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Technology

Faculty of Engineering

  • Department of Mechanical and Systems Engineering
  • Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering
  • Department of Information Technology
  • Department of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • Center for Engineering Innovation

Faculty of Environmental Science and Technology

Environmental science and technology has four departments: Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Environmental Management Engineering, and Environmental Chemistry and Materials.

The environmental science and technology faculty began in 1995.

Faculty of Agriculture

Department of Agricultural Sciences

Matching Program Course

This is cross-faculty program designed to help students create their own integrated program matching individual career and academic interests. Students can take classes from other faculties which they are interested in and original classes in this course, so students can decide their major after thinking through many experiences.

Why Okayama University?

1. Excellence in Research

Okayama University ranks among the Top 14 Global Universities in Japan, Top 474 universities in the world, and Top 74 of Universities in Asia(Best Global University Rankings 2017 by U.S. News & World Report). We are one of the eight national universities that hold three major titles at the same time in Japan.

  1. Clinical Study Core Hospital
  2. Research University
  3. Translational Research Network Program

You can choose the best program for your research interests. Ph.D. supervision is available in English.

2. Excellence in Education

Okayama University was selected as one of the 30 ”Top Global Universities” in Japan. We believe it is crucial to engage students in active learning and develop their 21st century skills. Your lecturers and tutors are passionate, brilliant, and dedicated to sharing their insights and discoveries with you. In addition, offer undergraduate courses taught in English in the “Discovery Program for Global Learners” from October 2017.
Okayama University is proud to be the UNESCO Chair for the Regional Centres of Exercise on ESD(Education for Sustainable Development) and the only centre in Asia.

3. Affordable Campus Life

Tuition Fee

Enjoy a tuition more reasonable than the U.S., U.K. and many other countries. As a National University, you can get access to the finest education Japan offers without breaking your budget.

Financial Support

We offer various scholarships and study-work programs for students in need.

Living cost

Compared to other parts of Japan, the living costs are extremely reasonable in Okayama.

4. Safe and Convenient

Okayama, known as the “Land of Sunshine”, is relatively safe from natural disasters, and the crime rate is low. The terrain within the city is flat so it is easy to get around by bicycle. The university is conveniently located relatively near Okayama station, which is a central hub. You can get to Kyoto in 60 minutes by bullet train, and to Tokyo in three and a half hours.

5. Friendly and Welcoming

Support Staff

For international students,Institute of Global Human Resource Development will provide you with information and support to help you make informed choices about your academic career at OU. You can also visit the L-café to get help and make new friends.

Learning Japanese

Japanese language courses are open to all international students at OU. There are seven levels of instruction, ranging from classes to serve those with no Japanese skills to advanced level. The classes are FREE and in some levels you can learn about Japanese modern culture and movies while improving grammar, writing and reading skills.

Housing for International students

We have two dormitories and an International house for international students. In the students’ dormitory, there are Japanese resident assistants (RA) who can help you adjust to life in Okayama. A new Share House for both international and Japanese students was opened in April, 2016.

Learning Japanese Culture Programs

What kind of university experience are you interested in? How does working in the fields in a traditional village sound? Or experiencing local culture such as Daimyo Gyoretsu or rice-planting? We offer various programs such as these for you to get the best out of life in Japan.

International Programs

1.Okayama-Hue International Master’s Program

In this program, Vietnamese students study the fundamentals of environmental management, combined with agricultural technology. After completing the program, it is anticipated they will contribute to sustainable development in Vietnam as leading-edge specialists, mainly working in local and central governments, international organizations, and universities.

2.Okayama University-North East China Universities Platform Graduate Student Exchange Program (O-NECUS)

Okayama University and five universities in the Northeastern region of China are running a collaborative graduate program. This program allows students to obtain a Master’s degree at both universities by entering both schools as fully legitimate students and fulfilling the requirements for a Master’s degree.
*Harbin Medical University, Northeast Normal University, Jilin University, China Medical University, and Dalian Medical University.

3.Exchange Program Okayama (EPOK) and Other Exchange Programs

EPOK offers the undergraduate students of participating universities an ideal setting for studying abroad, one that nurtures education and learning as well as allowing for freedom, growth, and new experiences. Classes are offered in English and Japanese. Students will learn about Japanese culture, customs, and social backgrounds. Okayama University also accepts exchange students from other affiliated universities.

4.CAMPUS Asia Program

‘CAMPUS Asia’ has been running as an innovative educational exchange and cooperation system among universities in Japan, China and Korea since 2011. CAMPUS Asia is financially supported by the Japanese government. It aims to develop exceptional future leaders through student exchanges and high level education, while creating a common academic system such as mutual recognition by participating universities of academic credits, grade record management, and degree awards.

岡山大学 | Okayama University

Okayama University Faculties

  • LettersInternational Students ExaminationAdmission capacitySuccessful candidatesApplication feeAdmission feeTuition per yearAddressThere is special selection.a few (for the 2022 school year)1 (for the 2021 school year)17,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)282,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)535,800 yen (for the 2022 school year)2-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, OkayamaDepartment(s)
    • Humanities
  • LawInternational Students ExaminationAdmission capacitySuccessful candidatesApplication feeAdmission feeTuition per yearAddressThere is special selection.a few (for the 2022 school year)1 (for the 2021 school year)17,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)282,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)535,800 yen (for the 2022 school year)2-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, OkayamaDepartment(s)
    • Law
  • EconomicsInternational Students ExaminationAdmission capacitySuccessful candidatesApplication feeAdmission feeTuition per yearAddressThere is special selection.a few (for the 2022 school year)3 (for the 2021 school year)17,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)282,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)535,800 yen (for the 2022 school year)2-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, OkayamaDepartment(s)
    • Economics
  • ScienceInternational Students ExaminationAdmission capacitySuccessful candidatesApplication feeAdmission feeTuition per yearAddressThere is special selection.a few (for the 2022 school year)1 (for the 2021 school year)17,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)282,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)535,800 yen (for the 2022 school year)2-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, OkayamaDepartment(s)
    • Mathematics
    • Earth Sciences
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
  • Medical SchoolInternational Students ExaminationAdmission capacitySuccessful candidatesApplication feeAdmission feeTuition per yearAddressThere is special selection.a few (for the 2022 school year)0 (for the 2021 school year)17,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)282,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)535,800 yen (for the 2022 school year)2-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, OkayamaDepartment(s)
    • Medicine
    • Health Sciences
  • Dental SchoolInternational Students ExaminationAdmission capacitySuccessful candidatesApplication feeAdmission feeTuition per yearAddressThere is special selection.a few (for the 2022 school year)0 (for the 2021 school year)17,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)282,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)535,800 yen (for the 2022 school year)2-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, OkayamaDepartment(s)
    • Dentistry
  • PharmacyInternational Students ExaminationAdmission capacitySuccessful candidatesApplication feeAdmission feeTuition per yearAddressThere is special selection.a few (for the 2022 school year)0 (for the 2021 school year)17,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)282,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)535,800 yen (for the 2022 school year)2-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, OkayamaDepartment(s)
    • Pharmacy
    • Pharmaceutical Technology
  • EngineeringInternational Students ExaminationAdmission capacitySuccessful candidatesApplication feeAdmission feeTuition per yearAddressThere is special selection.a few (for the 2022 school year)0 (for the 2021 school year)17,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)282,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)535,800 yen (for the 2022 school year)2-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, OkayamaDepartment(s)
    • Engineering
  • AgricultureInternational Students ExaminationAdmission capacitySuccessful candidatesApplication feeAdmission feeTuition per yearAddressThere is special selection.a few (for the 2022 school year)2 (for the 2021 school year)17,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)282,000 yen (for the 2022 school year)535,800 yen (for the 2022 school year)2-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, OkayamaDepartment(s)
    • Agricultural Sciences
  • Discovery Program for Globa…International Students ExaminationAdmission capacitySuccessful candidatesApplication feeAdmission feeTuition per yearAddressSame examination and evaluation standards as for Japanese.60 (for the 2021 school year)74 (for the 2020 school year)17,000 yen (for the 2021 school year)282,000 yen (for the 2021 school year)535,800 yen (for the 2021 school year)2-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama

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