Kyoto University

Exchange Programs in Asia

About Kyoto University

Established in 1897, Kyoto University is the second oldest university in Japan, yet it is known for its cutting-edge research. Located in the city of Kyoto, students have access to ancient temples, shrines, gardens, and other historical sites (some of which date back more than 1,000 years) as well as modern museums, arts galleries, theatres, and businesses. The university is of a size similar to GW, with 21,700 students, approximately 1,000 of which are international students.

Learning at Kyoto University

GW students at Kyoto can study on one of two tracks:

  • The Kyoto University International Education Program offers courses taught in English in a variety of disciplines, including life science, environmental studies, biotechnology, statistics, physics, economics, information science, politics, social studies, arts, and Japanese language and culture.
  • The General Exchange program allows students with advanced Japanese language skills to enroll directly in Kyoto University courses with other Japanese students.

Life at Kyoto University

Students studying at Kyoto University can join sports clubs and cultural circles to interact with other local university students. Cultural circles are focused on common interests, such as music, dance, and academic subjects, as well as other areas.


Exchange students can apply to live in one of four International Houses while studying at Kyoto. The houses are in residential neighborhoods, off-campus. Students live in single rooms and share common areas such as lounge space and kitchen access.  GW students will apply for their accommodation upon acceptance to Kyoto.

Academic Calendar

Academic year: Late September to early August

Spring: Early April to early August