Overview

Kyoto University

City: Kyoto
Language of instruction: English, Japanese
  • Second university established in Japan
  • In October 1947, Kyoto Imperial University was renamed to today's Kyoto University
  • Three campuses (Yoshida, Uji, Katsura) and multiple research facilities located around Japan
  • 10 Faculties, 16 Graduate Schools, 14 Research Institutes, and 21 Research and Educational Centers
  • 26th in Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013, 23rd in World Reputation Rankings 2013, 25th in QS World University Rankings 2012, 54th in World University Rakings 2012-2013 (By Times Higher Education)
  • Home to 8 Nobel Prize laureates, 2 Fields Medalists and 1 recipient of Gauss Prize

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsForestryLand and Food Systems

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • English courses offered through Kyoto University International Education Program  (KUINEP)
  • Japanese courses offered through Kyoto University General Exchange Program - it is desirable that students have Level 1 Japanese Language Proficiency or equivalent

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

Who can go?

  • Open to ARTS and Forestry (UBC-V) students only
  • UBC exchange students may participate in the Kyoto University International Education Program (KUINEP) or Kyoto University General Exchange Program (Please see "Additional note for language of instruction")

Term dates

  • Fall Semester: Beginning of October to Mid-February
  • Spring Semester: Beginning of April to End of July

Summer program

Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • 18 KUINEP Credits = 15 UBC Credits

Passing grade

60

Grading scheme

  • A = 100-80
  • B = 79-70
  • C= 69-60
  • Failed = 59 - 0

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Course information and restrictions

  • Kyoto University International Education Program (KUINEP) provides undergraduate-level lectures in English in diverse subjects such as life science, environmental studies, agriculture, statistics, physics, economics, politics, and social studies
  • KUINEP students permitted to take maximum of 6 Japanese language classes and one optional Kanji class (for a maximum of 7 classes) each semester in addition to their KUINEP lecture courses offered in English
  • KUINEP students wishing to take Japanese classes at the International Center  required to take a placement test at beginning of each semester before registration

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ANTH 1st
Title: ILAS Seminar-E2:Topics in social anthropology
Partner course code: Z002060
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-12
UBC course: ANTH 1st
Title: ILAS Seminar :Cosmology and astronomy in the ancient world
Partner course code: Z001346
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-12
UBC course: ANTH 1st
Title: Cultural Anthropology I
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-04
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Current Issues in Japan I
Partner course code: HB03001 ANTH 315
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-12
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Introduction to Comparative Psychology - E2
Partner course code: H722001
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-01-17
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Globalization and Mental Health Issues
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-01-17
UBC course: ASIA 1st
Title: Culture and Traditions in Japan I
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-12
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Language and Culture
Partner course code: W604001
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-05
UBC course: ECON 1st
Title: Environmental Economics
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-05-23
UBC course: ECON 2nd
Title: Theory of Local Finance
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-05-23
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Economic History of Japan
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-02-22
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Monetary Policy
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-02-22
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Asian Economic History
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-02-22
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Labor Economics
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-02-22
UBC course: GEOG 1st
Title: Introduction to Globalization Studies
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-04
UBC course: GEOG 1st
Title: Human Geography
Partner course code: H 507003
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-03-09
UBC course: GERM 3rd
Title: German Literature
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-07-13
UBC course: HIST 1st
Title: History of Modern Science
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-20
UBC course: JAPN 2nd
Title: Elementary Japanese II (8H)
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-12-07
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Intermediate Japanese I (8H Course)
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-12-07
UBC course: LING 1st
Title: Intercultural Communication
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-09
UBC course: LING 1st
Title: Introduction to Linguistic Science
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-09
UBC course: PHIL 2nd
Title: ILAS Seminar-E2 : Minds and Machines - Can a Machine Think
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2017-12-18
UBC course: PHIL 3rd
Title: ILAS Seminar - E2: Ethical Issues in Health Sciences
Partner course code: Z002046
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Japan's Political Economy
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-25
UBC course: SOCI 1st
Title: Sociology
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-17
Commerce
UBC course: COMM 2nd
Title: Management Information System
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-05-25
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Negotiation-E3
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-11-22
Law
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Introduction to European Law
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-25
Science
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Animal Behaviour - E2
Partner course code: N498001
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-01
UBC course: CPSC 1st
Title: Information Network - E2
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-26
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

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