How to apply (Faculty)

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

Eligibility requirements

Each Faculty has its own admission requirements, but all share the ones listed below. A preliminary selection may take place in some cases prior to the submission of application forms. Please contact the relevant Faculty for details.

Candidates must have:

  • Completed, or expect to complete by 31 March 2019, 12 years' schooling or equivalent as specified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), or
  • Obtained a high school or equivalent diploma recognized by MEXT, such as an International Baccalaureate

Selection

1. Special selection for privately-financed international applicants

The Faculties of Economics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, and Agriculture have special selection processes for privately-financed international applicants. Each consists of two language-proficiency tests -- the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), administered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) -- and an examination given by the Faculty itself. A preliminary selection may also take place in some cases.

The application period is usually at the beginning of January, and the exams are given between mid-January and late February. The table below shows the schedule of undergraduate entrance examinations for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Please contact the relevant administrative offices for the latest information, since the procedures are subject to change.

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Faculties with special selection processes for international applicants

Faculty

Application period

Examination period

Entrance

Economics

early January

Primary exam: mid January
Secondary exam: early February

April

Pharmaceutical Sciences

late January

late February

Engineering

early January

late February

Agriculture

early January

late February

2. English-taught degree programs

As part of its continuing efforts to welcome international students, Kyoto University offers a range of programs taught and assessed entirely in English. Admission and support services are also provided in English, making the University’s world-class education and facilities available to students with no Japanese language ability.

To learn about the selection process and other details, see:
http://www.opir.kyoto-u.ac.jp/study/en/curriculum/inenglish/

3. Kyoto University International Undergraduate Program (Kyoto iUP)

Kyoto iUP is a 4.5-year program, comprised of a six-month preparatory course, followed by four years of undergraduate studies. Japanese language proficiency is not required at the outset. Students will study for degrees in their chosen fields while developing a deep understanding of Japanese language, culture, and customs.

To learn about the selection process and other details, see:
http://www.iup.kyoto-u.ac.jp/

4. Special selection for graduates from schools located in countries other than Japan

The Faculties of Law and Economics have special admissions procedures for graduates of schools located outside Japan. The Faculty of Law accepts applications from both Japanese and foreign nationals. The Faculty of Economics accepts applications from Japanese nationals only. For details, please check the application guidelines provided by each Faculty.

5. AO Admission

Kyoto University began implementing AO (Admissions Office) admissions in 2015. Although the AO admission system is primarily intended for domestic applicants, some Faculties also accept AO applications from international students. Please note that for the Faculty of Law, AO admission examinations take place in the second application period. For details, please contact the Admissions Office.

6. General admission

Applicants must take two examinations: one given by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations (Daigaku Nyushi Center, or DNC), and the other by a Kyoto University Faculty.

To learn about the DNC examination, usually held in January, please contact DNC (in Japanese, external link).

KU Faculty examinations take place in late February, with applications usually opening in late January. Please contact the University's Admissions Office for the latest schedule and other details.

7. Third-year admission

The Faculties of Education, Economics, and Medicine (the School of Human Health Sciences only) accept international students in their third year of undergraduate studies.

Please contact the relevant admissions office for details.

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8. Admission of bachelor's degree holders

The Faculty of Letters accepts applications from graduates of overseas bachelor's-degree programs (including those expecting to graduate by the time of their entrance to Kyoto University).

The Faculties of Integrated Human Studies, Science, and Engineering accept applications from those with a bachelor's degree from Kyoto University (including those expecting to graduate by the time of their entrance to Kyoto University).

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