Student life

The Graduate School of Management is located in the main campus of Kyoto University, in the heart of Kyoto City. Kyoto, surrounded with natural beauty and cultural institutions, is a wonderful city to explore. The city is also home to thousands of college students from many parts of the world.


Student Support

1. Japanese Language Studies

The Kyoto University International Center conducts Japanese language education for international students and foreign researchers at Kyoto University.
The classes are separated into two semesters, the first being from April to July and the second being from October to February. Once a week classes are given at roughly three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.The tri-weekly course, consisting of 6 classes (9 hours) a week, is a beginner’s level course designed for those who wish to concentrate on studying the Japanese language. Once registered, participants must attend all classes; therefore, it is necessary for them to first obtain permission from their academic advisor before registering.
Information and application materials are distributed in late March and September by the Graduate School of Management. The documents are also downloadable from the International Center website.
As a note, it is not possible to enroll after the start of each semester, and the classes are not open to students' and researchers' family members.
The center also offers a short "Japanese hiragana" course before the beginning of each semester. It is a preliminary 3-day course (3 hours per day) designed to teach beginners the Japanese hiragana characters. No application is required.
For further information, please visit the website below.

 International Center Japanese Language Education website

In addition, the following websites provide useful information for Japanese Language Studies for international residents.

・Kyoto Prefectural International Center

・Kyoto City International Foundation


2. Tutoring

Tutoring for international students is available from graduate students specializing in the area which corresponds to the area of study.Tutors may also assist in various areas including studies, research and daily life.
Only international students who are determined by their faculty supervisor to be in need of individual assistance may utilize the tutoring services.Tutoring periods are generally limited to the first year following arrival in Japan.


3. International Student Lounge “Ki-zu-na”

The student lounge for international students, “Ki-zu-na” is open to all international students, Japanese students and faculty at Kyoto University, and is a place for various types of exchanges.
In the lounge, there are texts, CDs and other educational materials to assist with learning the Japanese language. There are also 2 computers available for students to browse the Internet, and a reserve of both Japanese and English newspapers, magazines and papers.
The lounge has both sofas and tables, and is a place where students can convene for studies and language exchange. There is a message board where student sponsored events are posted in addition to lectures and exhibition information.
“Ki-zu-na” also hosts events and programs where international students can experience Japanese culture or interact with other students.

For more information, visit their website at:


4. Housing


5. Living Expenses

Although the cost of living varies depending on factors such as housing expenditure and food budget, the average living expenses for international students in the Kyoto and Osaka area are 86,000 JPY per month (excluding academic fees), according to the "Student Guide to Japan 2018-2019" published by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).

International Japan Student Service Organization

Contact Us

Kyoto University Graduate School of Management Administrative Office

Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Kyoto 606-8501, Japan