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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

Kyoto University

01/09/2021 ***Please note - this is an archive page and is not being updated***

The Exchange pages are currently being migrated to a new Global Opportunities web platform.

Places available for 2021/22: 4 full year places (priority given to MLAC Japanese Students)

University website:

General Contact:

Term Dates: Late September to Februrary and April to August

Programme Information

Key dates:

Nomination Deadlines

31st January 2021 for attendance in the Fall Semester October 2021.
31st August 2021 for attendance starting in the Spring Semester April 2022.

Application Deadlines

End of February 2021 for attendanc in the Fall Semester October 2021.
End of September 2021 for attendance starting in the Spring Semester April 2022.

Fall Semester

2021 Students arrive in Kyoto 26 September (subject to change)
KUINEP orientation 27-28 September (subject to change)
Classes begin 1 October
Winter break begins 29 December
2022 Winter break ends 3 January
Classes and exams end 5 February

Spring Semester

2022 Students arrive in Kyoto 1-4 April (subject to change)
Classes begin 9 April (subject to change)
Classes and exams end 5 August (subject to change)

Language Requirements

With the exception of English-taught degree courses, classes are generally conducted in Japanese unless specified otherwise. There is the option to enroll in the Kyoto University International Education Program (KUINEP) which is taught in English, and applicants must show proficiency in English.


International students can apply to live in the Kyoto University International House. Off-Campus housing is also an option.

The average cost of living for international students in Kyoto and Osaka is 134,000 Yen (£885) per month.

Supporting Documents Required

  • A valid passport
  • Student Visa

Other Information

Japanese law stipulates that all university students based in Japan must enroll in the country's National Health Insurance (NHI) program, which costs around 2,000 yen (£13) per month.