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Exchange Program

Kyoto University of Art and Design currently has Student Exchange Program with 22 institutions in 13 countries around the world. While actively hosting exchange students, we also send our students overseas. Here, students can study their field of specialty for approximately half a year. If you are interested in studying at Kyoto University of Art and Design as an exchange student, please ask your school if they are affiliated with our Student Exchange Program.

Partner Universities

Term of Exchange: 1 semester

Spring Semester: April - July / August (about 4 months)
Fall Semester: September - January / February (about 4 months)

Academic Calendar for Exchange Students

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to submit the following materials to the International Center at KUAD before the deadline.

  1. Application Form for Exchange Student
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Motivation (including Study Plan)
  4. Academic Transcript of Records
  5. Skill Sheet (Prescribed in application form)
  6. 2 Passport-size Photographs
  7. Passport Copy
  8. Research Plan (Graduate study only)
  9. Portfolio (Hard copy smaller than A4, CD, DVD or web-link)

Application Deadlines

October 15 for Spring Semester (April – July/August)
April 15 for Fall Semester (September – January/February)


The exchange students are required to have Japanese or English language skills to apply to the exchange program at KUAD. All courses are taught in Japanese only and we do not have any courses taught in English. However, professors and students at KUAD may help international students in English. In general, exchange students who do not speak Japanese take studio classes (instead of the lecture classes). We recommend that exchange students have basic Japanese skills for daily life.

MEXT Scholarship Program

In order to enter KUAD with Japanese government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship, a student needs to follow a predefined procedure on his/her own. Please refer to the related links about the details.


Unfortunately we do not have any on/off campus housing for our students. Exchange students have to find accommodation by themselves. The International Center will provide accommodation information in Kyoto (weekly apartment, guesthouses, and off campus student houses, etc,).

For more information, please refer to ourFACT SHEET


Contact International Center
Address Ningenkan Building 1F
Kyoto University of Art and Design (KUAD)
2-116 Uryuyama Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8271 JAPAN
Phone +81-(0)75-791-8207
Fax +81-(0)75-791-9233