Why Kyoto University

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A Rich and Diverse Academic Environment

Kyoto University is a comprehensive research university with a student body comprising ambitious young people from diverse cultural backgrounds who are pursuing studies in a wide variety of fields. The university’s overall enrollment of 23,000 students includes approximately 2,000 international students from around 100 countries and regions throughout the world. Sharing your ideas and aspirations with this diverse group of fellow students will greatly enrich your academic progress and your student life.

international students 2,000

international students 2,000

Research at Kyoto University

1 Awards Nine Nobel Laureates A Research Leader in the Asian Region

From Hideki Yukawa, who, in 1949, became the first Japanese citizen to receive a Nobel Prize, to Isamu Akasaki, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014, there are now nine Nobel laureates who are either alumni of Kyoto University or who were researchers at the university during vital stages of their careers. Kyoto University has produced more Nobel laureates than any other university in the Asian region. Our scholars have also received many other international awards. These include:

  • The Fields Medal—considered to be “the Nobel Prize of mathematics.”
  • The Gauss Prize—presented to outstanding researchers in the field of mathematics applications.
  • The Lasker Award—regarded as the most prestigious award in the American medical community.
  • The Canada Gairdner International Award—awarded to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the medical field.

The number of cited papers written by Kyoto University-affiliated scholars in the period 2007–2011 was almost 282,000*—a remarkably high number for an institution in a non-English speaking country.
*Source: InCitesTM, Thomson Reuters

Awards Nine Nobel Laureates

Awards Nine Nobel Laureates

2 An Outstanding Research Hub in the Asian Region Addressing Global Challenges through Dynamic Cutting-Edge Research

Kyoto University has assembled a community of approximately 3,500 world-class faculty members, including international researchers from many different countries. At present, the university comprises ten faculties, eighteen graduate schools, fourteen research institutes, and sixteen academic centers. In the spirit of Kyoto University’s long-standing tradition of academic freedom, our researchers pursue interdisciplinary research in search of solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

An Outstanding Research Hub in the Asian Region

An Outstanding Research Hub in the Asian Region

3 Diverse Options to Meet Individual Needs Cutting-Edge Academic Programs

The diverse range of programs offered by Kyoto University’s ten faculties and eighteen graduate schools enable students to acquire deep knowledge of their expertise whilst also engaging in broad cross-disciplinary studies. An expanding number of English-taught Degree Programs are offered for those without Japanese language skills.
Students enrolled in such courses are also free to attend Japanese language classes free of charge. Programs for international exchange students and short-term international researchers are provided in cooperation with our overseas partner institutions, as are dual-degree programs. The diverse range of programs offered means that any budding student or researcher should find something suited to their interests and situation.

Diverse Options to Meet Individual Needs

Diverse Options to Meet Individual Needs

4 A Tradition of Academic Freedom Fostering Innovative Research and Creative Talent

Since its foundation over 100 years ago, Kyoto University’s tradition of academic freedom has been at the core of its pioneering education and research endeavors, endowing its students and researchers with a distinct brand of talent and creativity. Based on this tradition of academic freedom and autonomy, the university encourages its students and faculty to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogues and engage in innovative and ground breaking research.

A Tradition of Academic Freedom

A Tradition of Academic Freedom

5 Small-Group Instruction For a Rich Dialogue between Students and Instructors

Kyoto University’s educational tradition emphasizes the value of dialogue. Our teacher–student ratio is approximately 1:6.5, a highly favorable ratio compared to other academic institutions both in Japan and overseas. Small-group seminars enable students to receive valuable advice and guidance from their instructors.

Small-Group Instruction

Small-Group Instruction

6 Japanese and Asian studies in Kyoto Learn not only about Japan, but the Whole of Asia

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 andinternational 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.

Japanese and Asian studies in Kyoto

Japanese and Asian studies in Kyoto

Living in Kyoto

7 Kyoto: Japan’s Ancient Capital To Understand Kyoto, Japan’s Ancient Former Capital, is to Understand Japanese Culture

Kyoto is a culturally rich city with a history that stretched back for over 1,200 years. Among Japanese people it is generally regarded as being the heartland of Japanese culture and the spiritual wellspring of the Japanese people. Many of the city’s historic locations, including several of its approximately 2,000 shrines and temples, have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city’s ancient cultural legacy coexists side by side with technological innovation and entrepreneurship. The city is home to several major technology companies, including Nintendo, Kyocera, and Omron, and also boasts a broad range of modern cultural facilities, such as the Kyoto International Manga Museum.

Kyoto: Japan’s Ancient Capital

Kyoto: Japan’s Ancient Capital

8 Ease of Living Enjoy the Changing Seasons
in a Calm Environment

Enclosed on three sides by mountains, Kyoto’s unique climate offers residents and tourists an opportunity to enjoy the passing of the seasons in a rich natural setting. For example, the autumn foliage at certain of Kyoto’s scenic cultural heritage sites draws an enormous number of visitors each year from around the country and from overseas. Compared to cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, the city is not overwhelmingly large and its population density is moderate, making it easily understandable to new residents. Kyoto University has accommodation facilities specifically for international students.

Ease of Living

Ease of Living

9 After Graduation Kyoto University Graduates:Playing Active Roles Around the World

Kyoto University graduates commonly embark on rich careers as political, economic, and social leaders, or as leading international researchers on the world stage. A global network of regional alumni associations (28 in Japan and 23 overseas) supports our graduates as they soar toward ever-greater achievements.

After Graduation

After Graduation

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