Kyoto University of Foreign Studies


Language of instruction


Kyoto University of Foreign Studies is a comprehensive educational institution comprised of the university, a junior college, a career college and a high school. KUFS is guided by the philosophy of "world peace through languages".

Kyoto is internationally recognised for its countless temples and shrines, castles and palaces, beautiful parks and gardens, and numerous museums.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester April–Late July
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–January

View the KUFS academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

KUFS has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

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

14 tani / credits per semester at KUFS is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at KUFS

Find courses

Search the KUFS course catalogue 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

KUFS Course in Japanese Studies is a one-year-long exchange program open to undergraduate level students.


Additional academic information

Study options: 

  • Japanese language courses (available for 1-semester exchange): Students are required to have studied the Japanese language for 150 hours or more when applying. 
  • Course in Japanese Studies program: The study period of this program is one year with spring semester commencing in April and fall semester commencing in September. Course information mainly in Japanese with some English. 

KUFS has some random English taught courses available to exchange students.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Kyoto University of Foreign Studies arranges every exchange student a dormitory or apartment room. All rooms organized by KUFS are furnished single rooms. Students can opt to live in private accommodation or homestays, however, KUFS does not arrange either of these.

Cost of living

The average monthly living cost in Kyoto is about ¥150,000. KUFS recommends that all students have available roughly ¥1,000,000–¥2,000,000 per year to cover rent, meals, books, mobile phone, living expenses and other personal costs.

Financial support

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

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies offers a variety of scholarships for students seeking financial assistance. Students are encouraged to find more information and 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 exchange students are required to enrol in the National Health Insurance (NHI) program to assist with medical expenses while studying in Japan.

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.

Contact the Consulate General of Japan for visa and immigration 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.