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Kumamoto University

Tracing its roots back to 1756 when Saishunkan (a han medical school) was established, KU is situated in Kumamoto City where historic Kumamoto castle is surrounded by trees. For this reason, the city is called Forest City and behind the campus the fresh green hills give a tranquil atmosphere for studying.
Find out more at KU's exchanges website
Kumamoto University Building

Number of places available: 5 full year places (priority given to MLAC students)


Term Dates: 

  • September to February and April to August

Application (once allocated a place by DU)

  • Fall/full academic year: 27 April*
  • Second term: 30 November*

*Dates may vary slightly yearly depending on weekends.

Academic Information

Please visit the Short-Term Exchange Program website for information about the E(nglish) and J(apanese) courses.

Study Load

Students must earn a total of at least 20 credits within a year. For more information, please see Kumamoto University Factsheet .

Language Requirements

For all non-native English speakers (including students who attend universities in English-speaking 
countries,) submission of a copy of TOEFL-iBT score card (with a score of 61 or higher) is required 
(TOEIC or IELTS score is also accepted.)

- A letter from a professor CANNOT be accepted as a proof of language proficiency


Students who enrol in Kumamoto University through the Kumamoto University Short-Term Exchange Program are given priority for accommodations in the Kumamoto University International House, the dormitory for international students that houses over 200 international students. Located about 1.5km east of the campus, it takes about 10 minutes by bicycle from the International House to the university.

The cost of accommodation is 16,500 yen/month (£115/month).

Supporting Documents Required

  • Exchange Application Form
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • ID Photos
  • Certificate of Enrolment
  • Academic Transcript
  • Proof of Financial Support (e.g. bank statement)
  • Certificate of Eligibility Application Form
  • Copy of Passport
  • Physical Examination Form


Kumamoto: Student Support

Each faculty and school at Kumamoto have their own support structure. Support includes mental health care.

Find out more about Kumamoto support

Other Information

Average living expenses are approximately 80,000 JPY (£550) per month (including food, transport, accommodation and miscellaneous costs).

Exchange students must first apply for a 'Certificate of Eligibility' in order to obtain a study visa to enter Japan.

International students staying in Japan are required to enrol in the National Health Insurance Scheme (Approximately 1,200 JPY per month).

Here is a guide for the short-term exchange programmeguide for the short-term exchange programme.


FAQs for prospective students

Summer Opportunities

There are no current Summer Opportunities at Kumamoto University however you can find out about other Summer and Winter Schools.


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