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FACT SHEET *Please make sure to check this file.

Exchange Program

Kyoto University of the Arts currently has Student Exchange Program with 22 institutions in 12 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 the Arts 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 (about 4 months) * The result of our screening will be notified you by the middle of November.
Fall Semester: September - January (about 4 months) * The result of our screening will be notified you by the end of May.

Also, we will inform those who passed the screening of the detail schedule by email.

Required Documents

*Convert No, 1-9 to the PDF format before sending.

  1. Application Form for an Exchange Student
  2. Skill Sheet (Prescribed in Application Form)
  3. Health Check Sheet (Prescribed in Application Form)
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Letter of Motivation (Including study[research] plan at KUA)
  6. Letter of Recommendation by professor of your home institution
  7. Academic Transcript
  8. Passport Copy
  9. Portfolio – Online or PDF

Please send us ALL materials by email : by the deadline
In case that the files are too big to attach on email, use the online file transferring or sharing service.

Application Deadlines

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

Language and Courses

The exchange students are required the basic language skill of Japanese to apply for exchange program at KUA.
All classes are taught in Japanese only and we do not have any classes taught in English. Most of the exchange students who do not speak Japanese well take the studio classes (instead of the lecture classes).
The studio classes for exchange students are also limited depending on one’s Japanese skills. The class list for exchange students will be provided before they arrive at Kyoto.
Exchange students need to consult with their supervisors about the classes at KUA, upon their arrival, which should be decided basically from your accepted department classes and Liberal arts classes.
Considering the available classes at KUA and daily life in Japan, we strongly recommend that exchange students learn basic Japanese skill before coming to study at KUA.

MEXT Scholarship Program

In order to enter KUA 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,).


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