Kyoto University

Kyoto
Japan

Language of instruction

English
Japanese

Founded in 1897, Kyoto University has a long history and enduring traditions. Since its founding, the University has been dedicated to furthering higher education and fostering an atmosphere of free academic exchange. Graduates of the University play important roles in both national and international affairs, as key players in politics, industry, and society.

Ranked 37th in the QS World University Ranking 2016-17, Kyoto University has 9 Nobel Prize laureates, mainly in physics, chemistry and physiology or medicine. 

The main campus is located in the historic city of Kyoto, a centre of traditional Japanese culture. Kyoto was the Imperial of Japan for over 1000 years until 1868 and currently boasts 17 World Heritage sites.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 1 (Spring) April–Early August
Semester 2 Semester 2 (Fall) Late September–March

View the Kyoto University academic calendar, or view the KUINEP academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Campuses

Kyoto University has 3 campuses located around the city:

  • Yoshida Campus
  • Uji Campus
  • Katsura Campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

12 tani / credits per semester at Kyoto University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Kyoto University.

Regular courses in faculties are taught in Japanese, students must have sufficient Japanese language proficiency (JLPT N1 or above). 

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Please see "Additional academic information" for program options and specific course offerings if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Sociology
Japanese
Postgraduate

Course restrictions

Kyoto University international exchange program (KUINEP) is available to undergraduate students only.

    KUNIEP also includes the following disciplines, however, students may not be able to make up a full-time study load from these disciplines:

    • Environmental studies
    • Economics
    • Political science

    Additional academic information

    Kyoto University has the following program options:

    1. Kyoto University international exchange program (KUINEP) offers a combination of the following:

    • English taught courses offered by The Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS).
    • ILAS offers Japanese language courses at three levels (elementary, intermediate, and advanced). KUINEP students may take a maximum of six courses per semester (or seven including one focused on kanji).
    • Optional: regular Japanese taught courses offered by faculties for advanced language skill students.

    Japanese language proficiency is not required for KUINEP but students should acquire a basic knowledge of Japanese to ensure smooth transition to life in Japan. 

    KUINEP students will be affiliated, as a special auditor, to one of the following departments at Kyoto University:

    • Faculty of Integrated Human Studies
    • Faculty of Letters
    • Faculty of Education
    • Faculty of Law
    • Faculty of Economics
    • Faculty of Science
    • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science
    • Faculty of Engineering
    • Faculty of Agriculture
    • Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS)

    It is not possible to change the department once students have been affiliated, so please choose the first and second choices carefully when applying to Kyoto University. 

    2. Kyoto University General Exchange Program (GEP) is available to both undergraduates and postgraduates, but a high level of Japanese is required for postgraduates.

    Kyoto University has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

    Exchange deadlines

    May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

    October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

    Accommodation

    Kyoto University has five International Houses, which provide accommodation for international students, however, the number of rooms available is limited. International students are also eligible to apply for accommodation in public housing and Kyoto University's Student Dormitories (open to domestic and international students).

    Cost of living

    Although the cost of living varies depending on factors such as housing expenditure and food budget, the average living expenses for international students in the Kyoto and Osaka area can be quite affordable.

    Study Kyoto has developed student expenditure comparisons to help you plan your budget accordingly.

    Financial support

    A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

    A wide variety of scholarship programs are available for international students wishing to study at Kyoto University. Students are encouraged to explore the scholarships available to determine their eligibility.

    Insurance

    Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

    For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

    If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

    All foreign nationals residing in Japan for the over 3 months are required to be covered by one of the Japanese public medical insurance programs. For students, the most common and highly recommended option is to join the National Health Insurance (NHI).

    Exchange deadlines

    May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

    October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

    Organise your visa

    It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

    Kyoto University has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

    Contact the Consulate General of Japan for more visa information.

    Travel risk levels

    The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

    If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

    Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

    Register your travel plans

    We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

    Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

    Exchange deadlines

    May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

    October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.