Organizations Supporting International Activities (archive page)

The Organization for the Promotion of International Relations (OPIR)

The OPIR is responsible for decision-making in matters relating to international relations at the university-wide level. The OPIR serves as the headquarters for Kyoto University's international strategies.

The official website of the Organization for the Promotion of International Relations (OPIR) (External Link)

The International Center

The International Center consists of ten faculty members dedicated to implementing Kyoto University's international exchange activities. The Center also assists the OPIR in the following ways:

  • Providing educational programs covering Japanese language, culture, and society for international students
  • Providing information and advice about studying and daily life for international students
  • Providing information and advice about studying and daily life for Japanese students seeking to study overseas
  • Providing information about Japanese language and daily life in Japan for international researchers
  • Supporting university-wide international exchange activities among students and researchers

The International Center official website (External Link)

International Service Office

The International Service Office provides the following services for international researchers and students at Kyoto University.

  • Managing and maintaining the Kyoto University International Houses (Shugakuin, Uji, and Ohbaku)
  • Updating housing information on the OPIR website
  • Providing support to international researchers applying for Certificates of Eligibility for resident status 
  • Providing information about housing for international students, including information about the Kyoto Area Foreign Students Housing Guaranty System
  • Providing support in relation to applications such as those for part-time work permits, partial reimbursement of medical expenses, and subsidies for national health insurance

International Service Office official website (External Link)

International Affairs Department

International Affairs Division

The International Affairs Division assists the OPIR in research-focused activities such as academic exchanges with higher education and research institutions overseas, sending faculty and administrative staff overseas, hosting international researchers, and organizing international symposia.

International Student Movility Division

The International Student Movility Division provides assistance with various aspects of student life, working in cooperation with organizations related to international relations both within and outside the University. The Division aims to provide support so that visiting international students can fully devote themselves to their study and research. In addition, the Division promotes studies overseas by Kyoto University students and supports student involvement in local community activities.