ADMISSIONS GUIDE FOR DEGREE PROGRAMS IN SCIENCE (INBOUND)
- This page answers most frequently asked questions from degree-seeking applicants.
Read this page and Kyoto University's official admissions guide before you contact us.
- The Graduate School and Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, focuses on basic/pure natural sciences, not applied ones. For health, engineering, information, environmental and other applied sciences, consider other schools within Kyoto University.
- Although research activities including doctoral education are conducted in English and Japanese, most specialized subjects are taught in Japanese as of 2020. The list of course syllabi is available through OCW (Open Courseware) but mostly in Japanese.
- Visit "mobility" page non-degree seeking visits and student-exchange programs.
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Undergraduate Admission to Faculty of Science
- General Requirements
Completion of 12-year schooling or equivalent, as recognized by the Minister of Education, including diplomassuch as the International Baccalaureate.
- Entrance Examination for Undergraduate Applicants
Applicants for degree purpose must take two entrance examinations given in Japanese: National Center Exam in January, and Kyoto University exam in February, except for MEXT scholarship students and iUP applicants.
- Faculty of Science requires Kyotsu Test (the national standardized test for undergraduate admissions) for degree-seeking undergraduate applicants but does not handle its application.
- Currently, Faculty of Science DOES NOT accept EJU, JPL, TOEFL, IELTS and any other scores in place of the regular entrance examination for privately supported undergraduate applicants.
- Government Supported International Students
Entrance examination may be waived for applicants who have the Japanese government (MEXT) Scholarship or foreign government scholarship. Ask each sponsor, not us, about application procedure.
Graduate School admission
- Admission Procedure varies by departments. It also differs by level (master/doctoral), admission year, your nationality and your financial status (governmental scholarship recipient or self-supported).
- Applicants should first visit the department's websites and find a faculty member(s) to discuss your research plan before you apply.
- Contact information for faculty members are listed in the department websites.
- Correspondance to faculty members may be in English or Japanese.
- IMPORTANT: International Advisors or offices within Kyoto University will NOT introduce any faculty member(s) to prospective applicants. Such inquiries will be disregarded. The student is responsible for finding a professor or supervisor.
MEXT Scholarship Application through Japan Embassy
- Applicants must contact the Japan Embassy in your own country to obtain an application packet. The Graduate School and Faculty of Science do not have information regarding the application process for each country.
- Application deadline closes in early summer.
- Contact a professor(s) with whom you wish to study well in advance.
Professors and administrators may not be available during summer when you need an acceptance letter from them to complete your application. Act early.
MEXT Scholarship Application through Kyoto University
- This scholarship is for applicants who are already accepted and strongly recommended by one of our faculty members. The application must be filed by a faculty member. Do not contact our office for this option.
General Admission for Privately Supported International Applicants
Self-supported students and students with non-governmental financial aid are called
'shihi-ryugakusei' or privately supported international students.
Admission Procedure varies by department for international applicants.
First, contact the professor you wish to study with and obtain his/her agreement.
Masters Course other than Primate Research Institute
- Self-supporting international students should pass the same entrance examination as domestic students written in Japanese, except for CICASP at The Primate Research Institute.
- Entrance examination for masters program except for CICASP is usually held in August of the year before admission.
- The application packet for the August exam usually is available in May.
Ask for it at Academic Affairs Office in person or by e-mailing to 050kyomu_daigakuin*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)
- Contact the professor you wish to study with and discuss the research plan.
- Official language for doctoral study can be English or Japanese unless otherwise specified.
- We do not introduce any faculty members personally.
→ Go to DIVISIONS PAGE THAT LINKS TO DEPARTMENT WEBSITES and find a suitable professor for your research interest.
- File an Official application only after the professor agrees to your research plan.
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Scholarships and Financial Aid (other than MEXT)
Kyoto University does not provide any scholarships, but public organizations and private foundations offers various scholarships to international students.
Some applications are handled by department offices, and the others must be filed directly.
Do not send us inquiries about funding or financial aids as we do not handle applications or have information about them.
- Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship (former Gakushu Shoreihi)
Scholarship may be awarded for those with superior scores on the Nihon Ryugaku Shiken, or Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) before they arrive in Japan. Read this for details.
Application after entering Kyoto University should be filied through the department office.
- Scholarships from public or private foundations for self-supporting international students may be available after admission.
The announcements for application will be posted on KULASIS (the students' portal for Kyoto University students).
For information and application, ask your department office after you are admitted.
To see the list of available scholarships (external link by JASSO)
- Teaching Assistantship / Research Assistantship
Positions may be offered by department, laboratory, or by faculty member.
Ask your future professor directly. List of faculty members
- Tuition waiver is available contingent on your income including scholarship.
Tuition exemption (external link by Kyoto University)
- Application Packet for Graduate School of Science may be obtained from the admissions office in person or via regular mail by sending a self-addressed postage paid envelop to the admissions office.
- Applicants residing overseas may contact:
Graduate School of Science Admissions Office
with your name, intended major, intended course (masters or doctoral) and mailing address to obtain the packet.
- The official application packet is available in Japanese only, but the English translation is available in PDF format upon request.
Japanese Language Requirements
- All undergraduate and masters courses are taught in Japanese.
Most undergraduate and masters students must be at least at JLPT N2 level or must score 300 points or more out of 400 at EJU Japanese language section.
We do not require those exam scores for admission. This is just a reference.
- At the doctoral level you may conduct research in English.
However, we strongly recommend all students know basic Japanese for their daily life, communication with locals, and so on.
- Japanese language classes for registered students and researchers are available at
Center for Japanese Language and Culture at Kyoto University, free of charge.
Application and placement tests take place before each semester.
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