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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Academic Year, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Academic Year, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll, Exchange Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Dormitory Language Prerequisite: None
College: College of Arts & Letters Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: See information provided below Program Director: Kyle Sturges
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Two Academic References
Program Information:
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Kyoto is often regarded as a cultural and spiritual hub for the Japanese. With a history stretching back over 1,200 years, the city is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including various shrines and temples. Like Tokyo, Kyoto is a city where ancient culture coexists with modern technology and entrepreneurship. The city is home to such companies as Nintendo, Kyocera, and Omron. It also hosts modern cultural facilities, including the Kyoto International Manga Museum.

Program Dates*
Academic Year: Students interested in the full academic year should discuss with their academic advisors and contact the Program Director in Study Abroad.
Spring Semester: early April through early August (please note: dates listed on Kyoto University’s website include vacation periods)

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program Courses
  • Students participating in the KUINEP will take coursework conducted in English with other international students and Kyoto University students. Students will take a minimum of 6 courses in Liberal Arts and/or Sciences. Each course is usually worth 2 credit hours.
  • Students participating in the General Exchange program take mainstreamed classes conducted in Japanese. Students are directly affiliated with a faculty or school at Kyoto University.
  • In both programs, students may take Japanese language courses offered by the Education Center for Japanese Language and Culture. These courses are worth 1 credit hour each.
  • Students are graded on a letter grade scale, and all grades earned at Kyoto University will be included in the computation of students’ grade point averages at Notre Dame.
  • The KUINEP and General Exchange programs at Kyoto University are both new program offerings for Notre Dame students. Previously approved courses are limited and all student should work closely with their academic advisor to ensure courses abroad will count towards degree progress.
  • See fact sheet above for eligibility considerations
  • Students interested in applying for this program should be independent and possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments.
Housing and Meals
There are five Kyoto University International Houses, one on-campus and four off-campus. Students are entitled to this housing.

Meals are not included, but students will receive a living allowance to offset food costs.

Special Considerations
Students wishing to enroll in the Kyoto University General Exchange Program will also be required to submit a Language Reference to speak to their Japanese language ability.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.