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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan
  • Program Terms: Full year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rochester applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English, Japanese Minimum GPA: 2.75
Area of study: Biology, Economics, Environmental Science, Linguistics, Mathematics & Statistics, Philosophy, Physics, Religion Program type: Exchange
Program Description:
Why study at Kyoto University?

Kyoto University has three main campuses in Kyoto City, a cultural rich city with a history stretching back over 1,200 years. Enclosed on three sides by mountains, the city's unique climate allows students on Kyoto University's three main campuses to enjoy the passing of the seasons in a rich natural setting. Through studying in Kyoto and becoming familiar with the city and its culture, students will gain a deep understanding of Japan as a whole, and will also gain new insights into their own cultural identity, Experience of life in Kyoto is a valuable cultural experience for those seeking to broaden their horizons and be active in an international society.

With over thirty universities, Kyoto draws a large numbers of students and researchers from throughout Japan and around the world. It is estimated that one if ten of the city's residents is a student.  Many of Kyoto's historic locations have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city also boasts beautiful natural scenery. The local cuisine emphasizes washoku- Japan's traditional cuisine. Students living in Kyoto will find their work and study enriched and inspired by the unique qualities of its four distinctive seasons, and the rich cultural environment which surrounds them.

KU Fact Sheet.pdf

Sophomores, Juniors. 3.0 minimum GPA. Courses offered in English through the Institute for the Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS) are limited.

Liberal Arts and Sciences (offered in English):  History, Psychology, Sociology, Religion, Anthropology, Political Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, Data Science, Environmental Sciences  
Link to courses here 

Courses available to KUINEP (Kyoto University International Education Program) students span a broad range of disciplines, including environmental studies, physics, economics, politics, and social studies. Some of the subjects covered offer a fresh perspective on Japan, while others address topical global problems. Each course usually carries two university credits.  KUINEP students are required to take at least six courses per semester. This can include up to  two Japanese language classes (credited courses).  One course generally offers 90 minutes of lecture once a week, completes in 15 weeks and issues 2 credits.

1 credit=45 h of workload
1 course=(2h in class + 4 h for preparation) * 15 weeks per semester= 90 hours=2 credits 

One on campus and six off-campus international houses of Kyoto University and other dormitories are offered for international students. Application period stars three months before their arrival. Monthly rent is around 100-400 USD.

Program costs:
You will be billed for Rochester tuition by the UR Bursars; your UR aid applies. You will be charged for housing costs by Kyoto University. Meals, airfare, and personal expenses are out of pocket costs. Meet with your financial aid counselor for information about scholarships and other aid. 

Semester dates: 
Spring: April 1- early August (examination period)
Full year: October 1- early August (examination period)

Students who wish to apply to exchange programs must first be nominated by Rochester. Click on the Create Profile button below to request permission to apply.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.