Studying at Kyoto University

Earning an Undergraduate Degree

Earning an Undergraduate Degree

Kyoto University has 10 faculties, all of which offer undergraduate degrees. As of May 2016, a total of 244 international students were enrolled in undergraduate degree programs. Undergraduate education at Kyoto University requires that, from their first academic year, students take classes in the liberal arts and sciences, which are university-wide common subjects. These liberal arts and sciences include courses offered in English. Subsequently or concurrently, students begin to study in their fields of specialization. For more information on the different faculties, please refer to their respective websites.
In addition, the faculty of Engineering is offering an English-taught degree program, “Undergraduate International Course Program of Civil Engineering” for undergraduates.

For students who wish to attend Kyoto University on a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship, please click here for more information.


Faculty Department
Integrated Human Studies Integrated Human Studies
Letters Letters
Education Educational Sciences
Economics Economics and Management
Science Science
Medicine Medical Science (six-year program)
Human Health Sciences
Pharmaceutical Sciences Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacy (six-year program)
Engineering Global Engineering, Architecture, Engineering Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Informatics and Mathematical Science, Industrial Chemistry
Agriculture Bioresource Science, Applied Life Sciences, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Food and Environmental Economics, Forest and Biomaterials Science, Food Science and Biotechnology

Special Selection for Privately Financed International Applicants

The Faculties of Economics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, and Agriculture have special selection processes for privately financed international applicants. To qualify for the special selection process, applicants must take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) administered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), in addition to the screening procedures administered by each faculty. In addition, preliminary eligibility screening may be required prior to the submission of application forms.
Applicants for the special selection process are generally accepted at the beginning of January. The exam is given between mid-January and late February. The following table shows the schedule of undergraduate entrance examinations for academic year 2015/2016. Please contact the relevant administrative offices for current information as the procedures are subject to change.

Faculty Application Period Entrance Examination Enrollment
Economics Early January Primary exam: Mid-January
Secondary exam: Early February
Pharmaceutical Sciences Late January Late February
Engineering Early January Late February
Agriculture Early January Late February

General Admission

Applicants must take both the examination by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations and that given by the respective faculty.
For information on the examination by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations, generally held in January, please contact the National Center for University Entrance Examinations directly at (in Japanese language only).
The application period for the examination given by the different faculties is generally in late January, with the exam held in late February. Please contact the Admissions Office for updates.

Eligibility requirements for applicants, selection/admissions process, and awarding of degrees

Studying Japan and Asia in Kyoto ProgramStudying Japan and Asia in Kyoto Program
The Studying Japan and Asia in Kyoto Program is a comprehensive inter-faculty program covering the cultures, societies, economies, and environments of Japan and other countries in the Asian region. The program makes full use of the university’s location in the culturally abundant City of Kyoto. The program guides local and international students through interdisciplinary studies of Asia and Japan, providing them with perspectives from outside of their own particular field of specialization. The format of the program enables international students to enrich their knowledge of Japan, while local Japanese students learn globally-minded approaches to the study of their own country and the Asian region.
Regular students of Kyoto University who fulfill the credit requirements for completion of the program and are approved by the KUASU Educational Program Committee will receive a completion certificate.
Please see the following website for more information.