Kyoto iUP (Kyoto University)

Founded in June 1897, Kyoto University has a long history and enduring traditions. The main campus is located in the historic city of Kyoto, a center of traditional Japanese culture. Since its founding, the University has been dedicated to furthering higher education and fostering an atmosphere of free academic exchange. Graduates of the University play important roles in both national and international affairs, as key players in politics, industry, and society including 11 Nobel Prize winners, which is the largest number among Asian universities. We got No.1 in Times Higher Education’s Japan University Rankings 2019 and ranked high in the other rankings as well. At present, Kyoto University is comprised of 10 faculties, 18 graduate schools, 13 research institutes, 14 educational institutes and other establishments. More than 2,700 of the university’s 23,000 students hail from overseas. With students from approximately 110 different countries and regions, the university’s campuses boast a rich cultural diversity. 14 Cambodian students and researchers are already on our campuses.


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Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku Kyoto Kyoto 606-8501

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Number: 225 876 1087 397


All iUP students can live in one of the Kyoto University International Houses, or university dormitories, for the first 2 years of the program. Every student has their own private room furnished with a study desk, chair, bookshelf, refrigerator, air conditioner, free internet access and bedding. Kitchen, laundry, shower rooms and toilets are for common use and students can interact in a communal lounge.

There are many CO-OP cafeterias and other restaurants on or near each campus. CO-OP cafeteria is one of the most popular lunch spots among Kyoto University students. They are open every day except national holidays not only at lunchtime but also in the late afternoon and evening. Various nutritious meals including Halal and vegetarian foods are offered at reasonable prices around JPY 500.

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Q1. Do you offer any courses which include a preparatory course beginning in April, with the undergraduate program beginning in October?

A1. There are no Kyoto iUP programs with a preparatory course beginning in April. Students must start the preparatory course in October and the undergraduate program in April.

Q2. Are there any similar programs for graduate students at Kyoto University?

A2. There are no Kyoto iUP graduate programs at this moment. However, some of the Kyoto University graduate schools provide programs taught in English for international students:

Q3. I completed a school curriculum lasting less than 12 years in my home country. Am I qualified to apply?

A3. If the curriculum is recognized as equivalent to 12-year formal education by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), you are eligible to apply.

Q4. When and where can I find the information on application?

A4. We usually issue the Application Guidelines around July on this page.
Before the Guidelines are issued, you can refer to the past Guidelines on the same page.
We sometimes update the information there even after the Guidelines are issued, so please keep your eyes.

Q5. What level of English competency is required for application?

A5. here are no minimum English proficiency test scores required. Applicants are expected to have adequate English proficiency. Please refer to the following typical scores of successful candidates:

IELTS Academic: 6.5

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