Kyoto University


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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


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

  • B Science & Dip Languages
    Semester 1, 2019
    Japan is the only place where it’s okay to get naked with a bunch of old men, but not to walk in the street while you’re eating. It’s one of the most unique cultures in the world, and I love it.
  • B Science/Arts
    Semester 1, 2019
    Kyoto is the most beautiful, most culturally rich, and most friendly city I have ever been to.
  • B Arts/Laws
    Semester 2, 2018

Full-time study load

12 tani 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

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

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. 

Study areas taught in English


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
    • 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). As required by Kyoto University, KUINEP students are required to take at least 7 courses (without counting the Japanese language courses) per semester, most of the courses are worth 2 credits each. 
    • In addition to this, students may choose to take the below two-category Japanese language courses:

                 a. Credited: 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).

                 b. Non-credited Japanese-language support courses

    • Optional: undergraduate-level courses offered by the faculties with the lecturers' permission. 


    • Japanese language proficiency is not required for KUINEP, but students should acquire a basic knowledge of Japanese to ensure a smooth transition to life in Japan. 
    • KUINEP students will be affiliated to the Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS), and academic transcripts will be issued under the name of ILAS for all KUINEP students. 


    2. Kyoto University General Exchange Program (GEP) (taught in Japanese, not recommended)

    • GEP has two categories available: GEA (for coursework undergraduates), and GESR (for research postgraduates).
    • JLPT N1 is required for GEP.
    • Course syllabus and a list of available courses at each faculty/school will only be available on/after student's arrival at Kyoto University.

    GEA students will be affiliated to one of the following faculties 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

    Important: 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.

    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.


    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.


    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 the Global Experiences team 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 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, Global Experience 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

    You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

    Exchange deadlines

    May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

    October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.