Kyoto University

Kyoto University is a universitywide partner in Kyoto, Japan.

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General information for exchange students

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Introduction to Kyoto University (YouTube)

Kyoto University Campus Life (YouTube)

Academic calendar

Semester I: 2nd week of April –  1st week of August
Semester II: 1st week of October – 1st week of February

Orientation generally commences the last week of March for Semester I and the last week of September for Semester II.

Exams take place late July for Semester I and late January for Semester II.

Academic Calendar

Areas of study open to exchange students

All areas except medical field.


GPA (Average Grade)

The GPA requirement at this university is 3.0. This is comparable to an average grade 7.0 or above at Utrecht University. This concerns the average of all your UU grades and is a strict requirement, to be fulfilled at the time of application at UU. Applications with lower grades will be rejected.

Language Requirement

After selection by Utrecht University, you will have to fulfill the language requirements:

KUINEP is the English-taught program. KUINEP students are therefore expected to be proficient in English (TOEFL iBT 79, IELTS 6.5, or equivalent) and have to prove this with a TOEFL/IELTS test result or another language certificate accepted by Kyoto University.

General Exchange Students who want to take courses in Japanese are expected to be proficient in Japanese, equivalent to pass the highest level of Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

Courses at Master’s level

Yes. All areas except medical field.

Language of instruction

English or Japanese.

Housing assistance

One on-campus and four off-campus International Houses of Kyoto University, and other dormitories are offered for international students. All exchange students are entitled to live in one of them as long as there are enough dormitory rooms available. Kyoto University lodging facilities can be found here.

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 around ¥80,000 (€560) per month. (Estimate from 2022).

Please see the student guide for a more detailed breakdown of expenses.


You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Number of places available

3 places per year for Bachelor, 3 places per year for Master.


Selection was necessary in the past few years.

You are advised not to place this exchange destination as a second or third choice.



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

Asia & Latin America

Name: Ms. Clim Gorissen

North America & UK

Name: Ms. Cathelijne van Weelden

Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Spain*

Name: Ms. Tessel Arendsen

* Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universitat de Barcelona

Europe & Middle East

Name: Ms. Mandy van den Houten

photo of Patrick Chan

General exchange questions

Name: Patrick Chan

Erasmus+ grant questions

The International Office can only help you with questions related to the content of your Learning Agreement and with signing documents on behalf of the Sending Institution.

For all other Erasmus+ grant related questions, please refer to the Erasmus+ grants for Studies page (scroll down to “Contact the Erasmus Office” to make an appointment) or send an e-mail to

For questions about faculty programmes and internships, contact the Faculty International Offices.

Phone availability

Phone: +31 (0)30-2531224
Office hours for calling: Monday and Thursday, 13:30-15:00

Make an appointment via Teams

We are available for appointments via Teams. If you have a question, use the calendar below to make an appointment.

If you are unable to make it to your appointment, please do not forget to cancel.