Overseas Offices and international facilities


Kyoto University’s network of facilities and partners worldwide provide a ground base for direct interaction and cooperation both abroad and in Japan.

Kyoto University was the first Japanese University to establish a permanent office in Thailand to promote and support academic cooperation, not only in Thailand but throughout Southeast Asia. Since 1963 the office has been serving as a bridge connecting the University with ASEAN for almost 6 decades whilst the University’s international network has continued to grow through the activities of other Overseas Offices and research units.

The University operates 56 research field sites at various locations around the world and has two Overseas Offices supporting regional cooperation through the ASEAN Center in Bangkok, Thailand and the European Center, in Heidelberg, Germany.

Currently the University is making arrangements toward opening its North American Center, which will be located in Washington DC. In order to enhance research collaboration in the West Coast the San Diego Liaison Office was established in 2017.

The Overseas Offices serve as hubs for the entire University, implementing initiatives that capitalize on the unique qualities of each region, and providing support not only for the University’s researchers stationed abroad but also for all other international outreach activities of the University as a whole.

Roles and functions of the Overseas Offices include (but are not limited to):

  • Support research activities in the region
    - Collect and share scientific data and technical information
    - Promote collaborative research with universities and academic organizations in the region
  • Support educational activities in the region
    - Promote collaborative educational projects with universities and academic organizations
    - Provide consultation to prospective students
    - Participate in education fairs to promote the University
    - Provide guidance on the application procedures and overseas admissions
  • Strengthen Kyoto University’s global network
    - Promote programs that encourage international contributions
    - Strengthen networks and partnerships with universities and academic organizations
    - Enhance ties with alumni associations overseas
  • Promote internationalization through mobility of students, faculty and staff
    - Encourage creation of and participation in overseas programs including internships
    - Organize capacity-building programs

University-wide facilities

Located respectively in Bangkok, Thailand and Heidelberg, Germany, these Centers constitute a gateway fostering academic cooperation throughout Southeast Asia and Europe.




San Diego Liaison Office fosters research cooperation on the West Coast