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Kyoto University

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Kyoto Imperial University was founded by imperial ordinance on 18 June 1897, the second university to be established in Japan.

Within ten years of the founding of the University, the Colleges of Science and Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Letters were opened. In July 1914 the College of Science and Engineering was divided into the College of Science and the College of Engineering.


Many come to Kyoto for the freedom to conceive and explore radical ideas. They include physicist Hideki Yukawa, the first Japanese Nobel laureate, and Kitaro Nishida, who founded the Kyoto school of philosophy. Yamagiwa is also a pioneer, spending years in the African jungle living with gorillas and studying human evolution. 


Students seeking employment in Japan may learn Japanese and business etiquette through the classes offered by the Education Center for Japanese Language and Culture of the Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences of Kyoto University.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

  • Student Affairs Division
  • Welfare Division
  • Entrance Examination Planning Division
  • Educational Planning Division
  • International Education and Student Mobility Division
  • International Service Office
  • Environment, Safety, and Health Division
  • Career Support Center
  • Counseling Center
  • Kyoto University Health Service 

Housing services

Kyoto University has seven accommodation facilities available for international students and researchers, located in the Shugakuin, Yoshida, Hyakumanben (for students only), Okazaki, Misasagi (for students only), Uji and Ohbaku areas of Kyoto.International students at Kyoto University can also stay at other accommodation facilities provided by external parties with which Kyoto University has a leasing agreement.

Library services

  • The extensive network of over 6,700,000 holdings throughout 50 libraries maintained at Kyoto University is the third largest collection in Japan. 

ICT services

Internet users must subscribe to an internet service providers. Some internet providers offer an IP telephone service. Kyoto University Co-op accepts applications to the internet providers such as Seikyou Internet (Co-op).

Medical services

University students and employees are legally required to receive annual medical exams. In addition, those at Kyoto University who are frequently exposed to radioactive material, microbes, specified chemical agents, extreme temperatures, or a hyperbaric environment, or who work at night, must have their health status checked every six months by the Kyoto University Health Service. 

Student Life

Campus life

Yoshida Campus has been at the core of the university's activities since its founding. In particular, the main campus is home to structures of varying architectural styles, ranging from brick buildings dating back to the time of the institution's establishment—such as the Clock Tower Centennial Hall that has become the symbol of the university—to modern laboratory buildings. It can be said that Yoshida Campus truly represents the history of Kyoto University in tangible form. The Campus is further subdivided into seven sections. 

Sports facilities

Extra-curricular activities at Kyoto University range from the fun and casual ‘circles’ to highly competitive clubs with an emphasis in intensive training. Cultural circles are student gatherings of those who share an interest in an activity ranging from volunteer work, to photography, to dance and beyond. Sports clubs represent Kyoto University in inter-university competitions, while those who join Sports circles seek friendship through sports in a more casual manner. 

Student clubs

Students who wish to join a student organization should apply directly to the organization of their interest. For contact information concerning the organizations listed below (officially recognized organizations as of May 2013), you can inquire at the Extracurricular Activities Office, Student Affairs Division, Academic Affairs Department. 


According to the findings, “the evaluation results indicated that Kyoto Sangyo University was accredited as conforming to this association's criteria for universities.” The current accreditation period spans 7 years from April 1, 2017, until March 31, 2024.

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