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Program Information:
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  Location Kyoto, Japan
Autumn Semester / Academic Year
Spring Semester
  Credits 20-24 UW credits per semester
  Eligibility Junior standing or above by time of departure; min. 3.0 GPA
  Language JPN 113 recommended for KUINEP; JLPT N1 (approx. 4+ years of Japanese) for direct enrollment
  Adviser Shannon Quinn |
Priority Deadline: November 15
Final Deadline: January 15
(Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
May 15 (Spring Semester)
  General Located in the heart of Kyoto, Japan, Kyoto
University allows for integration with local
students within a wide range of classes
taught in English as well as in Japanese.  
Participants need a high level of personal
maturity and independence.
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Program Evaluations


Where You Will Study

Kyoto University, founded in 1897,is located in the heart of Kyoto and is one of the most prestigious and oldest universities in Japan. Kyoto offers a wide range of university programs within a broad spectrum of disciplines.



Kyoto offers two diverse exchange tracks, from which you can select:

Kyoto University International Education Program (KUINEP) provides undergraduate level lectures in English to exchange students as well as to Kyoto University students. The program is open only to undergraduate students. Each semester, KUINEP students are required to register 6 KUINEP classes (two credits per class), each of which comprises two hours of lecture per week. In addition to KUINEP classes, students with appropriate Japanese language proficiency can take one regular class in Japanese from their faculty with the lecturer's permission.

Kyoto University General Exchange Program.  In this program students take ordinary courses taught in Japanese at either the undergraduate faculties or  graduate schools each student is affiliated with. However, graduate students are allowed to deepen their own research under the instruction of academic supervisors without taking any  classroom courses. Japanese proficiency is not required if the supervisor can guide the student in any other language. In the undergraduate level of this program, all students are to take regular classes in Japanese within their department. Therefore, undergraduate students in this program must have sufficient Japanese language proficiency (ideally JLPT N1 or equivalent). 

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For information about earning UW academic credit, please visit: credits for exchanges.



Kyoto has a number of international housing options for foreign students located in the Shugakuin, Uji, Ohbaku adn Misasagi areas. These four housing facilities are in quiet neighborhoods on the suburban outskirts of the city of Kyoto. All these houses have a Resident Advisor as well as an Assistant Resident Advisor to assist the students in their daily living. Students who are not able to secure a space or are not interested in a room within the International House usually rent a room in the area around Kyoto, which frequently includes meals. Kyoto cannot guarantee housing to students but provides additional resources to assist students in finding housing.

More information about housing


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and the UW Study Abroad fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.


Application Process

To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad advisor following your selection for the exchange.

Preference is given to year-long (two semester) applicants.

See Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.




Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the Kyoto University Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.

Kyoto University Exchange.pdf

Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email