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Kyoto University

Program Terms:

Spring Semester & Academic Year


Kyoto University, also known as Kyodai, is a Japanese national university and one of Japan’s National Seven universities. Ranked as one of the best universities in Asia, Kyoto is known for its strong research funding for STEM related programs and liberal arts education. With over 22,000 students, Kyoto University hopes it will generate world-class knowledge through freedom and autonomy in research that conforms with high ethical standards.

Academic Details:

Kyoto University International Education Program (KUINEP) provides undergraduate level lectures in English to our partner university students, as well as Kyoto University students. The program is open only to undergraduate students. (Their status at Kyoto University is “Special Auditor”.) Each semester, KUINEP students are required to register register a minimum of 6 classes from KUINEP courses (Liberal Arts and Sciences courses) taught in English. The students can also take regular classes from Faculty courses with the lecturer’s permission.

In the Kyoto University General Exchange program, students take ordinary courses taught in Japanese. Students are affiliated to one of the undergraduate faculties or graduate schools (Special Auditor). For graduate students, there is another option to deepen their own research under the instruction of academic supervisors without taking any courses lectured in classrooms. Japanese proficiency is not required if the supervisor can guide the student in any other language (Special Research student). As for the undergraduate level of this program, all students are to take regular classes in their faculty. These classes are given in Japanese. Therefore undergraduate students in this program must have sufficient Japanese language proficiency. (Source: Guide to Exchange Programs PDF)

Housing Details:

One on-campus and four off-campus International Houses of Kyoto University and other dormitories are offered for international students. All exchange students are entitled to live in one of them. There are different locations for each dormitory in Kyoto, which includes Shugakuin, Yoshida, Uji, Ohbaku, and Misasagi. Rent for the dormitories is paid monthly, and move-in dates are in October and April during the year.


  • Sophomore standing
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA

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