Admissions guide for graduates of overseas universities

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").

Who must apply through AAO?

Currently, candidates for the AAO process are those who have graduated or expect to graduate from universities in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Beginning with April 2020 admissions, this process may be applied to all graduates of 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 PDF file for details:

Those who DO NOT NEED to apply through AAO

Those who have applied for the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Embassy Recommendation Scholarship, and who have passed the first screening conducted by a Japanese embassy or consulate general in their home countries, do not need to apply through AAO; they may apply directly for a "Letter of Provisional Acceptance" from Kyoto University.

Please refer to the following link for details on the MEXT Scholarship and how to apply for a Letter of Provisional Acceptance:
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/education-campus/procedures/scholarships/mext.html