Kyoto University launched the KUINEP program in 1997 to mark its centennial anniversary. The program offers all-English courses for undergraduate students of Kyoto University’s partner institutions (universities which have a student exchange agreement with Kyoto University). KUINEP enables partner-university undergraduate students without Japanese proficiency to study at Kyoto University as exchange students. KUINEP courses are also open to Kyoto University undergraduate students as courses in the Liberal Arts/General Education category. KUINEP deepens the relationship between Kyoto University and its partner institutions by giving exchange students the opportunity to attend courses together with local students.
Exchange students in this program are required to register for a minimum of 6 courses per semester. Those with sufficient Japanese proficiency may have the option of taking undergraduate courses given in Japanese. Each KUINEP course comprises two hours of lectures per week for 12 weeks. Upon completion of a course, students will be awarded two academic credits. Japanese language courses are also available.
KUINEP is an excellent way for students to study a wide range of subjects from the humanities to the natural sciences, and to expand their cross-cultural understanding.
KUINEP Classes (2010-2011 Year)
2010 Fall Semester (October 2010–March 2011)
- Development Economics I
- Applied Statistics
- Energy and Resources I
- Traditional Japanese Gardens and Architecture
- International Monetary Study I
- Life Science I
- Frontiers of Kyoto Humanities
- Agriculture and Foods in Japan
- Craftsmanship in Japanese Society
- Self-Formation in Adolescence
- Introduction to Classical Japanese Literature
- Intercultural Understanding
- Essentials of Business Strategy I
- Social Science Research Methods in Education I
2011 Spring Semester (April 2011–September 2011)
- Development Economics II
- Modern Physics
- Social Science Research Methods in Education II
- International Monetary Study II
- Japanese Economy and Business
- Informatics in Japanese Society
- Universities and University Students in Today’s Japan
- Law and Politics in Japan
- Essentials of Business Strategy II
- Exploring the Southeast Asian Underworld
- Life Science II
- Energy and Resources II
- Understanding Education, Human Lives and Cultures from Philosophical and Sociological Perspectives
Kyoto University International Education Program (KUINEP)
Japanese Language Classes at the International Center
The Kyoto University International Center offers Japanese language classes for international students and researchers at Kyoto University. The classes are non-credited, except for students accepted under a university-level student exchange agreement, who will be awarded one transcript credit per class. It is not possible to enroll only in the Japanese language classes.
The first (spring) semester is from April to July and the second (fall) semester is from October to February.
Applicants will be given an interview or placement test at the beginning of each semester.
- Weekly classes given at three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced
- Six classes per week at the beginner’s level (two 90 minute classes per day, three days per week)
- Kanji classes at all levels
- Japanese hiragana class (an introduction to Japanese kana for beginners) offered prior to the start of each semester