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Kyoto University

Kyoto Imperial University was founded by imperial ordinance in 1897, the second university to be established in Japan.
Find out more at Kyoto's website
Kyoto University

Places available: 2 full year places (priority given to MLaC Japanese Students)

General Term Dates

Late September to February and April to August

Programme Information

Please visit the programme website for details of the Kyoto University International Education Program (KUINEP) and the Kyoto University General Exchange (GE) Program (enrolment status: GEA or GESR).

Study Load

KUINEP students are required to take at least seven courses per semester. This may include up to two Japanese language classes (credited). For more information, please visit Courses available to KUINEP students | KYOTO UNIVERSITY (

Language Requirements

With the exception of English-taught degree courses, classes are generally conducted in Japanese unless specified otherwise. There is the option to enrol in the Kyoto University International Education Program (KUINEP) which is taught in English, and applicants must show proficiency in English.


International students can apply to live in the Kyoto University International House. Off-Campus housing is also an option.

The average cost of living for international students in Kyoto and Osaka is 134,000 Yen (£885) per month.


Student Support

Kyoto-U have a number of support services to assist students.

Find out more about Kyoto-U Counselling Office

Supporting Documents Required

  • A valid passport
  • Student Visa

Other Information

Japanese law stipulates that all university students based in Japan must enrol in the country's National Health Insurance (NHI) program, which costs around 2,000 yen (£13) per month.

Summer School

There are Summer School opportunities at Kyoto University.




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Built in A.D. 794, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan from its foundation until the middle of the 19th century. As the centre of Japanese culture for more than 1,000 years it has a number of stunning UNESCO heritage sites.

Discover more about Kyoto's UNESCO heritage

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