Privately Financed International Students

Students are divided into two categories; regular students and non-regular students. Degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students are categorized as regular students, while non-degree seeking students such as research students [Kenkyusei] and exchange students [Tokubetsu Choukou Gakusei and Tokubetsu Kenkyu Gakusei] are classified as non-regular students.

Eligibility for scholarships, tuition exemption and student discounts may differ between regular and non-regular students. For details on particular programs, admission requirements, selection, and the awarding of degrees etc., please contact the relevant administration offices.

* If you wish to enter Kyoto University on a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship, please refer to the page on Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship Students.

* If you wish to apply for English-taught Degree Courses at Kyoto University, please refer to the following website and contact the relevant administration offices for details.

Kyoto University English-taught Degree Courses (External Link)

Faculty and Graduate School Administration Offices

Undergraduate Students [Regular Students]

1. Faculties

Kyoto University has ten faculties, all of which offer undergraduate degrees. For details of each program, please visit the faculty websites, or refer to the Kyoto University Bulletin (External Link).

Faculties Departments
Integrated Human Studies Integrated Human Studies
Letters Letters
Education Educational Sciences
Law  
Economics Economics and Management
Science Science
Medicine Medical Science (6-year program)
Human Health Sciences
Pharmaceutical Sciences Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacy (6-year program)
Engineering Global Engineering, Architecture, Engineering Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Informatics and Mathematical Science, Industrial Chemistry
Agriculture Bioresource Science, Applied Life Sciences, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Food and Environmental Economics, Forest and Biomaterials Science, Food Science and Biotechnology

2. Language of Instruction

For international students, classes other than those of English-taught Degree Courses are generally taught in Japanese, unless specified otherwise. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate program or a master's program must have sufficient proficiency in Japanese upon enrollment.

Kyoto University does not have an independent faculty for the study of the Japanese Language. If you wish to prepare for admission to the university, please study at an appropriate Japanese language school.

Kyoto University English-taught Degree Courses (External Link)

3. Eligibility Requirements for Applicants

Each faculty has separate admission requirements. The following is a general overview of the eligibility requirements for bachelor degree programs. In addition, preliminary eligibility screening may be conducted prior to the submission of application forms. For full details, please contact the relevant faculty.

  • Completion of 12 years' schooling abroad, or equivalent (including those who are expected to graduate by March 31, 2015) as specified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
  • Equivalents recognized by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology such as the International Baccalaureate. 

4. Selection

Standards for selection are basically the same for international applicants as for prospective Japanese applicants (General Admission). However, the Faculties of Economics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, and Agriculture have special selection processes for privately financed international students. The academic year begins in April.

(1) General Admission

Applicants must take both the examination by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations and the examination given by the Faculty.
For the information on the examination by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations, which is generally held in January, please contact the National Center for University Entrance Examinations (in Japanese language only) (External Link).

The application period for the examination given by the Faculty is generally in late-January, with the exam held in late-February. ;Please contact the Admissions Office for the updates.

(2) Special Selection for Privately Financed International Applicants

The Faculties of Economics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, and Agriculture have special selection processes for privately financed international applicants. In order to qualify for the special selection process, the applicants must take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) administered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), in addition to the screening procedures administered by each faculty. In addition, preliminary eligibility screening may be required prior to the submission of application forms.

Applicants for the special selection process are generally accepted at the beginning of January. The exam is given between mid January and late February. The following table shows the schedule of undergraduate entrance examination for the academic year 2014-2015. Please contact the relevant administration offices for current information, as the procedures are subject to change.

Contact addresses

Faculties Application Period Entrance Examination Entrance
Economics early January Primary exam: mid January
Secondary exam: early February
April
Pharmaceutical Sciences late January late February
Engineering early January late February
Agriculture early January late February

(3) Third Year Admission

The Faculties of Education, Economics, and Medicine (School of Human Health Sciences only) accept international applicants in the third year of their undergraduate programs. Please contact the relevant ;admissions ;office for details.

Contact addresses

(4) Admission of a Person with a Bachelor's Degree

The Faculty of Letters accepts international applicants from graduates of overseas bachelor's degree programs (this includes those who will have graduated by the time of their entrance to Kyoto University), while the Faculties of Integrated Human Studies, Science, and Engineering administer entrance examinations only for those international applicants with Kyoto University's bachelor's degrees (including those who will have graduated by the time of their entrance to Kyoto University).

Contact addresses

5. Awarding of Degrees

In faculties other than the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University awards bachelors' degrees to those who attend the university for four or more years and satisfy the course and credit requirements.

In the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the University awards bachelors' degrees to the School of Human Health Sciences and the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences students who attend the university for four or more years and satisfy the course and credit requirements. As for other Schools and Divisions in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the university awards bachelors' degree to those who attend the university for six or more years and satisfy the course and credit requirements. ;

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Graduate Students [Regular Students]

1. Graduate Schools

Kyoto University has eighteen graduate schools. For details of each program, please visit the graduate school websites or refer to the Kyoto University Bulletin (External Link). 

Graduate Schools Degree Programs Courses
Letters Master's & Doctoral Literature, Philosophy, History, Behavioral Studies, Contemporary Culture
Education Master's & Doctoral Educational Studies, Clinical Studies of Education
Law Master's & Doctoral Legal and Political Studies
Professional Law School
Economics Master's & Doctoral Economics
Science Master's & Doctoral Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Chemistry, Biological Sciences
Medicine 4-year Doctoral Medicine
Master's & Doctoral Medical Science
Professional & Doctoral Public Health
Master's & Doctoral Human Health Sciences
Pharmaceutical Sciences 4-year Doctoral Biomedical Sciences
Master's & Doctoral Pharmaceutical Sciences
Master's & Doctoral Bioinformatics and Chemical Genomics
Engineering Master's & Doctoral Civil and Earth Resources Engineering, Urban Management, Environmental Engineering, Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Science, Micro Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nuclear Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Science and Engineering, Material Chemistry, Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemistry, Molecular Engineering, Polymer Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Chemical Engineering
Agriculture Master's & Doctoral Agronomy and Horticultural Science, Forest and Biomaterials Science, Applied Life Sciences, Applied Biosciences, Environmental Science and Technology, Natural Resource Economics, Food Science and Biotechnology
Human and Environmental Studies Master's & Doctoral the Department of Human Coexistence, the Department of Cultural Coexistence, the Department of Interdisciplinary Environment
Energy Science Master's & Doctoral Socio-Environmental Energy Science, Fundamental Energy Science, Energy Conversion Science, Energy Science and Technology
Asian and African Area Studies 5-year Doctoral Southeast Asian Area Studies, African Area Studies, Global Area Studies
Informatics Master's & Doctoral Intelligence Science and Technology, Social Informatics, Applied Analysis and Complex Dynamical Systems, Applied Mathematics and Physics, Systems Science, Communications and Computer Engineering
Biostudies Master's & Doctoral Integrated Life Science, Systemic Life Science
Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability 5-year Doctoral Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability
Global Environmental Studies Doctoral Global Environmental Studies
Master's & Doctoral Environmental Management
Government Professional Public Policy
Management Professional Business Administration

2. Language of Instruction

For international students, classes other than those of English-taught Degree Courses are generally taught in Japanese, unless specified otherwise. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate program or a master's program must have sufficient proficiency in Japanese upon enrollment.

Kyoto University does not have an independent faculty for the study of the Japanese Language. If you wish to prepare for admission to the university, please study at an appropriate Japanese language school.

Kyoto University English-taught Degree Courses (External Link)

3. Eligibility Requirements for Applicants

Each graduate school has separate admission requirements. The following is a general overview for master's, doctoral and professional degree programs. In addition, preliminary eligibility screening may be conducted prior to the submission of application forms. For full details, please contact the graduate school in which you wish to enroll.

Graduate School Administrative Offices 

Applicants who have graduated from a university in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan
Those who have graduated from a university in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan, and wish to enroll in Kyoto University as a research, master's or doctoral student, are required to contact the Admissions Assistance Office (AAO) for a preliminary screening before submitting their application documents to the relevant graduate school. For further details, please refer to the following website:
京都大学成立招生服务办公室 Admissions Assistance Office (AAO) (website in Japanese and Chinese)

(1) Master's Program, Professional Degree Program, and the Five-Year Doctoral Program of the Graduate Schools of Asian and African Area Studies, and Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability

  • Candidates who have graduated from a Japanese university.
  • Candidates who have completed 16 years' schooling abroad.
  • Candidates who have reached 22 years of age or older and has been awarded a bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent as recognized by the graduate school to which the application is being made. ;

(2) Doctoral Program

  • Candidates who have been awarded a Master's degree or professional degree from a university in Japan.
  • Candidates who have completed a program at an overseas university that is equivalent to a master's program or a professional degree program of Kyoto University.
  • Candidates who have reached 24 years of age or older and has a master's degree, professional degree, juris doctorate (or higher degree), or equivalent as recognized by the graduate school to which the application is being made. ;

(3) The Four-Year Doctoral Program of the Graduate Schools of Medicine, and Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Candidates who have graduated from a six-year medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or pharmacy course at a Japanese university.
  • Candidates who have completed 18 years' schooling abroad.
  • Candidates who have reached 24 years of age or older and has been deemed by the appropriate authorities at the Graduate School of Medicine or Pharmaceutical Sciences to have academic ability equivalent or superior to that of a graduate from a six-year medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or pharmacy course at a Japanese university.

4. Selection

The application deadlines and the test schedules for the Graduate Entrance Examination vary among the graduate schools. In addition, preliminary eligibility screening may be required prior to the submission of application forms. The Graduate Entrance Examination consists of sections on the field of specialization, a foreign language, and an oral examination. The academic year begins in April, with the exception of some graduate schools which also accept students in October. ;For details, please contact the relevant graduate school administration office.

5. Awarding of Degrees

(1) Master's Program

A Master's degree is awarded to those who successfully complete two or more years of required course work and research, pass the examination, and have their thesis accepted. ;

(2) Professional Degree Program (Other Than Law School)

A professional (Master's) degree is awarded to those who successfully complete two or more years of required course work.

(3) Professional Degree Program (Law School)

A Juris Doctor (professional degree) is awarded to those who successfully complete three or more years of required course work at the Law School.

(4) Doctoral Program

A doctoral degree is awarded to those who successfully complete three or more years of required course work and research, pass the examination, and have their thesis accepted. 

(5) The Four-Year Doctoral Program of the Graduate Schools of Medicine, and Pharmaceutical Sciences

A doctoral degree is awarded to those who successfully complete four or more years of required course work and research, pass the examination, and have their thesis accepted.

(6) The Five-Year Doctoral Program of the Graduate Schools of Asian and African Area Studies, and Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability

A doctoral degree is awarded to those who successfully complete five or more years of required course work and research, pass the examination, and have their thesis accepted.

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Research Students [Non-regular Students]

Those who wish to study in the graduate schools, or who wish to do research at one of the institutes or centers, may apply for the status of research student [kenkyusei].

To qualify for research student status, the applicant must search for, and contact an advisor in the faculty, graduate school, institute or center of his or her choice using Kyoto University websites, and then receive advisor's approval. After this, the applicant must submit an admission form and the necessary documents. Details of our academic staff can be found on the following page: "Activity Database on Education and Research (External Link)".

Research students are not eligible for degrees. For further information, please direct your inquiries to relevant administration offices

Applicants who have graduated from a university in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan
Those who have graduated from a university in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan, and wish to enroll in Kyoto University as a research, master's or doctoral student, are required to contact the Admissions Assistance Office (AAO) for a preliminary screening before submitting their application documents to the relevant graduate school. For further details, please refer to the following website:
京都大学成立招生服务办公室 Admissions Assistance Office (AAO) (website in Japanese and Chinese)

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Exchange Students [Non-regular Students]

There are two types of exchange programs for students whose institutions have a university-level student exchange agreement with Kyoto University, Kyoto University International Education Program (KUINEP) and Kyoto University General Exchange Program. Both programs accept students for a semester (6 months) or for two semesters (12 months). In every beginning of January, Kyoto University sends the application guide for both programs to all partner universities. Application should be submitted to Kyoto University through the international office of home institution. Direct application from students will not be accepted. Application deadline is September to start in April of the following year and February to start in October in the same year. For further information, please contact the Student Exchange Program staff of your university and ask for details.

Exchange Programs at Kyoto University

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