How to apply (Graduate School)

Those wishing to attend Kyoto University on a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship are advised to refer to this page.

Eligibility requirements

Each Graduate School has its own admission requirements. The following is a general overview for master's, doctoral, and professional degree programs. A preliminary eligibility selection may take place in some cases prior to the submission of application forms.

For full details, please contact the Graduate School concerned.

Graduate School administrative offices

Preliminary review for graduates of overseas universities

To apply for March 2020 or earlier admission, graduates of Chinese, Hong Kong, and Taiwanese universities are required to contact the Admissions Assistance Office (AAO) for a preliminary review. This requirement will be extended to graduates of all overseas universities for April 2020 and later admission. See the following for details:

1. Master's, professional, and five-year doctoral programs at the Graduate Schools of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS) and Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS)

Candidates must have:

  • Graduated from a Japanese university,
  • Completed 16 years' schooling abroad, or
  • Reached or passed 22 years of age, and been awarded a bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent as recognized by the Graduate School concerned

2. Doctoral programs

Candidates must have:

  • Been awarded a master's or professional degree from a university in Japan,
  • Completed an academic program overseas that is equivalent to Kyoto University's master's or professional degree program, or
  • Reached or passed 24 years of age, and been awarded a master's, professional, or Juris Doctor degree (or higher), or equivalent as recognized by the Graduate School concerned

3. Four-year doctoral programs at the Graduate Schools of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Candidates must have:

  • Graduated from a six-year course in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy at a Japanese university,
  • Completed 18 years' schooling abroad, or
  • Reached or passed 24 years of age, and been deemed by the Graduate School concerned to have academic ability equivalent or superior to that of a graduate of a six-year course in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy at a Japanese university

Selection

The application deadline and test schedule vary by School. The screening consists of written and oral examinations to assess language proficiency and knowledge of the chosen field. Preliminary screening may be required in some cases prior to the submission of application documents.

The academic year begins in April, with the exception of some Schools that accept students in October as well.

For more details, please call or email the administrative office of the Graduate School concerned, or visit the following links: