Multiple $5,000 - $7,000 grants are available through the New Colombo Plan for students going on exchange in semester 1 or 2, 2018 to Japan.

City:  Kyoto
Approximate semester dates:

Semester 1 (Fall): (Orientation: End of September) October - March
Semester 2 (Spring): April - Early August

KUINEP Calendar

University-wide calendar

Language of instruction:  English, Japanese
Full time load equivalent:  12 tani/credits per semester
Fields of Study Available:
This is not an exclusive list of the disciplines available. 
Disciplines listed here can provide a full-time load of study. (In English)
All other available courses can be found in the course catalogue.

1. Kyoto University International Education Program (KUINEP)

Scroll down from here to download course syllabus

KUINEP offers a combination of the following: 

  • at least two KUINEP core courses;
  • Courses taught in English offered by The Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS): 2017 course list and syllabi here, 2017 KUINEP course list here 
  • Japanese language courses offered by International Center (a maximum of seven courses, each course worth 1 credit)
  • (Regular courses taught in Japanese in faculties)

Japanese language proficiency is not required for KUINEP but students should acquire a basic knowledge of Japanese to ensure smooth transition to life in Japan. 


2. Kyoto University General Exchange Program (GEP)

Regular courses in faculties are taught in Japanese, so students must have sufficient Japanese language proficiency (JLPT N1). 


Restricted Fields of Study: KUINEP program available to undergraduate students only. 

GEP program available to postgraduates, but a high level of Japanese is required.
Approximate living expenses:

Living expenses

Housing information

Additional information:

Guide to exchange programs 2015/16

International Student Handbook

KUINEP students will be affiliated, as a special auditor, to one of nine faculties at Kyoto University:

  • Faculty of Integrated Human Studies
  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Agriculture

It is not possible to change the faculty once students have been affiliated, so please choose the first and second choices carefully when applying to Kyoto University. 

International Service Office

Student Lounge KI-ZU-NA for international exchange students 

Student life

Living in Kyoto Guide


Ranked 37th in the QS World University Ranking 2016-17, Kyoto University has nine nobel prize laureates - mainly in Physics, Chemistry and Physiology or Medicine.