Admissions guide for graduates of overseas universities

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About the Admissions Assistance Office (AAO)

AAO is tasked with facilitating the postgraduate application process for graduates of universities outside of Japan. Its responsibilities include preliminary screening followed by notification to applicants, depending on which they may then proceed to apply for a graduate program.

Pre-application review

Those who have graduated or expect to graduate from non-Japanese universities may apply to study at KyotoU graduate schools as regular or research students. The application process for each graduate school differs, and may or may not include a preliminary AAO review (the "AAO process").

Note: Kyoto University may contact relevant test organizations to inquire about the test results submitted by applicants as part of the AAO process.

Who must apply through AAO?

Candidates for the AAO process are those who have graduated or expect to graduate from universities outside of Japan.

Prospective applicants are advised to visit the website of the graduate school/institute of their choice for application guidelines, and to learn about requirements regarding the AAO process. Please refer to the following for details:

AAO Online Application System redesigned

The AAO Online Application System was revamped on 30 August 2021. There has been no change to the information submitted, and those with accounts should be able to log into the system using the same email address and password as before.

For MEXT Research Student Scholarship applicants who have passed the 'first screening' by a Japanese embassy or consulate

See the link below to learn how to request a Letter of Provisional Acceptance from Kyoto University.
Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship

Financial aid

Tuition exemption for CSC scholarship students matriculating in October 2021 or April 2022

Other scholarships