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Kyoto University

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to the University of Kyoto. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at the University of Kyoto!


Kyoto University is the second oldest university in Japan. The university is usually ranked among the top two in Japan and the world's top thirty institutions of higher education.

Kyoto University is comprised of three campuses - Yoshida, Uji and Katsura - and a number of research facilities located across Japan. The Yoshida campus hosts the majority of undergraduate academic and extra-curricular activities and is conveniently located 30 minutes away from Kyoto station.


Kyoto is a city of rich cultural heritage with over 1,200 years of history. Many in Japan regard it as the country's spiritual wellspring and cultural heartland. This ancient cultural legacy coexists side by side with technological innovation and entrepreneurship; Kyoto is home to several major technology companies, including Nintendo, Kyocera, and Omron, as well as a broad range of modern cultural facilities, such as the Kyoto International Manga Museum.

Kyoto is smaller and less crowded than some of the other major cities in Japan, such as Tokyo and Osaka, making it relatively easy for newcomers to navigate and settle into.

Visit the Kyoto City Official Travel Guide

Level of competitiveness

Very competitive ***

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Application process for successful students

Successful students who have been nominated by Queen Mary may find out more about how to apply.

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: from the end of September to the first week of February

Semester 2: from the first week of April to the first week of August.

Go to Important dates.


Courses available to KUINEP 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.

Beginning with spring 2020 enrollment, KUINEP students are required to take at least seven courses per semester. This may include up to two Japanese language classes (credited). Available courses include those in the liberal arts and sciences taught in English (KUINEP courses).

Visit their website for more details about the courses.


Students need to take 17-18 credits per semester.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


Kyoto has five accommodation facilities for International students all located off campus in different areas of Kyoto.

Assistance is also provided by the university if students wish to stay in private accommodation.

Support Services

For information on accessibility, please visit the Disability Support Office page.

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