|Academic Term||Academic Year|
|Credits||20 - 24 UW credits per semester|
|Eligibility||Junior standing or above by the time of departure; min. 3.0 GPA|
|Language||JPN 103 recommended for KUINEP; JLPT N1 (approx. 4+ years of Japanese) required for direct enrollment. Preference given to students who have studied at least one year of college-level Japanese.|
|Program Manager||Shannon Quinn | email@example.com|
|Application Deadline||Nov 30 (Deadline for Academic Year/ Priority deadline for Spring Semester)|
|May 15 (Final deadline for 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.
Kyoto is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture and used to be the imperial capital of Japan. The city is well known for its culinary delights and is home to many famous temples, including the Kiyomizu Temple.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Additionally, students interested in the KUINEP are encouraged to complete Japanese 113 or equivalent prior to applying for that program. Finally, students interested in direct enrollment must have over four years of Japanese language experience (JLPT N1), as they take courses alongside other Japanese students.
Credits and Conversion Scale
You will approx. receive 20 - 24 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program.
If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.
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 more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
As an exchange student on this program, you are responsible for finding your own accommodations. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever housing is most appropriate to your level of comfort and your budget.
To begin your housing search, we recommend visiting the Kyoto University Housing website. On this website, you will find information about the housing application, housing FAQ's, a list of housing options, price overviews, as well as other tips, rules, and regulations.
University Accommodations: 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. Note, however, that this housing option is limited and not guaranteed to all incoming students.
Private Accommodations: If you are not able to secure a space or are not interested in a room within the International House, you can also rent your own room in the area around Kyoto, which frequently includes meals. Kyoto University has many tips to help you find housing on the private market. We strongly recommend that you begin searching for housing at least 2-3 months prior to your arrival as finding a room after arrival is not common and housing options may be limited!
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
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 UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
- There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
- Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
- For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.