KUINEP guidelines

KUINEP academic calendar

Fall Semester: 1 October to 31 March
Spring Semester: 1 April to 30 September

Students may enroll for up to two consecutive semesters, starting in either Fall or Spring, with approval from their home universities.

Eligibility

Each applicant must

  1. Agree to remain enrolled in an undergraduate program at a non-Japanese academic institution with which Kyoto University has a student exchange agreement until completion of KUINEP;
  2. Agree to leave Kyoto University and return to the home institution upon completion of KUINEP;
  3. Have excellent academic and personal records; and
  4. Have a concrete purpose for studying in Japan.

Language of instruction

All KUINEP courses are taught in English. KUINEP students are therefore expected to be proficient in English (TOEFL iBT 79 or equivalent). Japanese language proficiency is not required.

Student status

Each KUINEP student will be listed as a Special Auditor with one of the following ten Kyoto University Faculties, based on the major field of study at the home institution:

Tuition and fees

Based on the University's exchange agreements, KUINEP students will be exempted from examination fees, matriculation fees, and tuition at Kyoto University.

Financial aid

The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), a government-sponsored non-profit organization promoting international student exchange, offers scholarships to a limited number of students. KUINEP students may apply for the JASSO Scholarship for Short-Term Study in Japan, but it is not available to those expecting to 1) receive financial support of more than 80,000 yen per month from another source, or 2) reside in Japan without "Student" visa status, including Japanese nationals and permanent residents.

The JASSO Scholarship for Short-Term Study in Japan provides a monthly stipend of 80,000 yen.

Entering Japan

There are certain procedures required of foreign students wishing to study at Japanese universities. KUINEP students from abroad, for example, must possess a valid passport and "Student" visa. In order to obtain this visa, students must have been issued a Certificate of Eligibility from the Kyoto Immigration Bureau. Applications for this Certificate will be submitted by Kyoto University. Upon receiving this Certificate, students should apply for a visa at a Japanese diplomatic mission -- such as an embassy or consulate -- in their own countries. Further instructions will be provided upon admission.

Japanese nationals and permanent residents of Japan may also enroll in KUINEP.

Mandatory health insurance

Japanese law stipulates that all university students based in Japan must enroll in the country's National Health Insurance (NHI) program, which costs around 2,000 yen per month. Many KUINEP students from abroad keep their insurance plans from their home countries, while also being enrolled in NHI, in order to ensure adequate coverage.