Kyoto University is a universitywide partner in Kyoto, Japan.

Academic calendar

Semester I: 1st week of April –  1st week of August

Semester II: late September /beginning October – Mid February


General Exchange Students who take courses are expected to be proficient in Japanese, equivalent to pass the highest level of Japanese Language Proficiency Test. KUINEP students must be proficient in English so as to catch up with lectures.

Areas of study open to exchange students

All areas except medical field.

Courses at Master’s level

All areas except medical field.

Language of instruction

With the exception of English-taught degree courses, classes are generally conducted in Japanese unless specified otherwise. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate program or a master's program must, therefore, have sufficient proficiency in Japanese upon entering the university.

Estimated living costs per month

Although the cost of living varies depending on factors such as housing expenditure and food budget, the average living expenses for international students are between ¥66,000 (US$579) and ¥82,000 (US$719) per month.

Please see the student guide for more information.


Normal study load per term

in courses: Generally each course has one lecture of 90 minutes in each week. Taking 6 such courses in each semester is recommended.

Grading system: A=100-80, B=79-70, C=69-60, Failed=59-0.

Minimum pass is: 60/100

Number of places available

6 places per year. Selection was necessary in the past few years.


More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.


If you have any questions about this universitywide partner university, contact the universitywide International Office.