Study in Kyoto

Japanese Language Studies

May I take Japanese language course?

Yes. The Kyoto University Institute of Liberal Arts and Siences (ILAS) 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.

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.

For further information, please visit ILAS website.

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

Daily Life

I cannot speak Japanese at all. Is there any support system for international students?

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.

I would like to meet new people and do culture exchange. How can I do this?

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.

I am an successful applicant of GSM but I failed Kyoto University student accommodation. Does GSM administrative office introduce private apartment for me?

Unfortunately, not. Please find it by yourself. The following links might help you.

How much is living expenses in Kyoto?

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).

Exchange Process