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Eligibility Requirements

Q1My country has different educational system from the one in Japan, and I am not sure if my academic background covers 12 years of primary and secondary education or not. Am I eligible to apply for the course?
A1Applicants from the countries where total duration of primary and secondary education is less than 12 years (e.g. 11 years or shorter) must submit the designated documents to the Admissions Office for Preliminary Verification. See the Note related to Section III Eligibility Requirements for Applicants on page 2 of Guidelines for Applicants. If you have any questions regarding your academic background, contact the Admissions Office well in advance.
Q2My mother is Japanese and I have dual citizenship (Japan/USA). Can I apply for the course?
A2As long as you have Japanese citizenship, you are not eligible as an applicant.
Q3I have lived in Japan for two years when I was a child and went to a local Japanese elementary school. Am I eligible to apply for the course?
A3If you have studied in a Japanese educational institute (even for a short period of time) during your 12 years of primary to secondary education, you must proceed to Preliminary Verification prior to the Application. Contact Admissions Office for any further questions.
Q4Due to my father’s job, I moved abroad when I was a junior high school student and received my secondary education within two different academic systems. So, one semester is missing and the total number of years of my primary to secondary education is less than 12 years. Am I eligible?
A4 In that case, please undergo Preliminary Verification.
Q5I am a Canadian national who will graduate from an International School located in Japan. Am I eligible?
A5 If you will complete entire 12 years of primary and secondary education under foreign country's educational system, you are eligible. However, if you have studied in an educational institution under Japanese educational system even for a short period of time, you are required to undergo Preliminary Verification. Please note that you must have taken (or must take) "Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)" as national standard test. Other scores are not accepted. Scores are valid only if the examination date is after August 1, 2015.

Application Documents

Q1Is my chance of admission enhanced by submitting extra material such as recommendation letters?
A1Recommendation letters are not required for application.
Q2It is required to submit transcripts of academic record are required to submit. Are they evaluated during the selection process? If so, how?
A2 We will use your transcripts of academic record to identify if your 12-year education (or equivalent to 12-year) meets our eligibility requirements for applicants.
Q3I am planning to take the national standard test of my country. What is the definition of “mathematics for science courses”.
A3 It means the mathematics exam for those who wants to enter the engineering faculties in your country. In general, it must include problems of differential calculus, integral calculus, matrices, and so on. Please also see the syllabus of Mathematics (Course 2) in the EJU exam. http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/eju/examinee/syllabus/index.html
Q4I have no scholarship at the moment. What should I write on (14) of FormA-3?
A4 If you have no scholarship by now, you can leave it blank.

EJU/National Standard Tests

Q1I took EJU in November 2015. Can I submit the EJU score from that time for 2018 enrollment?
A1 Yes, you can. Please review Page 9 of the Guidelines for Applicants in 2018.
Q2There is no EJU available, but there are several tests regarded as the national standard test in my country. Which one should I take?
A2Please contact the Administrative office far in advance in order to get necessary information.
Q3Is GCE AS-level acceptable?
A3 No. Please prepare for A2-Level to apply for this program.
Q4I have SAT score. Can I apply for your International Course Program?
A4SAT subject test is regarded as one of the National Standard Tests. An Official Score Report for Math II, Physics and Chemistry must be submitted to the Admissions Office by College Board by September 15, 2017 at the latest. The institution code number for Kyoto University is 3814. Please note that SAT reasoning MATH score does not satisfy the requirement.
Q5I am Chinese and plan to take Gaokao of my province/city, in which I cannot take both Physics and Chemistry. What should I do?

A5 If you cannot take either one of science subjects (Physics or Chemistry), the score of the missed subject will be regarded as zero. In such cases, we can suggest you following two alternatives. 1) Take the EJU in Japan or any other country/region where it is administered. http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/eju/examinee/contact/index.html (overseas representatives)

http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/eju/examinee/procedure/index.html (application procedure)

http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/eju/examinee/pastpaper_sample.html (sample exam)

2) Take SAT-Subject Tests (Math2, Physics and Chemistry).

http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants are not allowed to mix the scores of the required subjects from more than two different national standard tests. (For example, submitting scores of Math and Physics from Gaokao and Chemistry from SAT-Subject etc. is not acceptable.)

Q6What are the minimum scores for the national standard test?
A6We do not have a minimum score requirement for each subject. The conversion rate is confidential.
Q7Which test should I take EJU or the national standard test in my country?
A7 We highly recommend you take the EJU(Examination for Japanese University Admission) as the alternative to the national standard test of your country. You can choose the examination language in English. For your information, please refer to the following URL. http://www.jasso.go.jp/eju/contact_e.html
Q8Is International Baccalaureate Standard-Level (SL)acceptable?
A8No. Please prepare for High-Level(HL)to apply for this program.But only Chemistry Standard-Level(SL) can be acceptable.
Q9Is ACT acceptable as a National Standard Test for this program?
A9No. Please prepare for other National Standard Test.
Q10 Is it allowed to mix the scores of the required subjects from more than two different national standard tests?
A10 No. Applicants are not allowed to mix the scores of the required subjects from more than two different National Standard Tests.

TOEFL/IELTS

Q1I took a TOEIC test for my English proficiency. Is the TOEIC score acceptable?
A1 No. For the applicants’ English proficiency, it is required to submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score is required to be submitted.
Q2I am a native speaker of English. Do I have to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score?
A2 Yes. All of the applicants are requested to submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score. (This score will be assessed at the first screening.)
Q3My TOEFL (or IELTS) score is not over 80 (or 6.0 for IELTS). Can I take TOEFL (or IELTS) more than once until I get the sufficient score to apply for your course?
A3 Yes, you can.
Q4If I take the required tests more than once, which results does Kyoto University consider?
A4 In regards to TOEFL or IELTS, you may take them more than once. We will consider the best one amongst all of those submitted as the official scores.
Q5When is the last available date of TOEFL or IELTS before application deadline this year?
A5In some counties,the  number of applicants for TOEFL or IELTS are rapidly increasing, and sometimes people are asked to wait until the next examination date. We strongly recommend you take those English proficiency tests by mid-August, 2017.
Q6Is TOEFL test from ITP ( Institutional Testing Program) acceptable?
A6 No. TOEFL ITP is not acceptable.

Enrollment

Q1Do you have admission applications for fall enrollment?
A1 Unfortunately, we accept students for spring enrollment in April only.
Q2I would like to know if Kyoto University offers English taught classes on informatics in Faculty of Engineering.
A2We have English taught classes for undergraduate students only in the field of Civil Engineering. However, if you have ability to join the Japanese taught program, there is a possibility for you to apply for the "Special selection of overseas students". For further information, please see the following link. (http://www.t.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/admissions/faculty/exam2)
Q3How many students does the International Course accept every year?
A3 The maximum number of international students in the course is 30 persons in total. Other than that, we accept 10 Japanese students who are successful at the general entrance examination in Japan and pass the interview conducted by the faculty members in March.

Classes

Q1Can I learn the Japanese language after admission?
A1 International Students must take Japanese language classes after enrollment.

Trasfer/ others

Q1I am a second-year university student studying civil engineering in South Korea at the moment. Can I join the third-year in your course next April?
A1 We do not have a transfer system. Therefore, you need to enroll as a freshman. In addition, we cannot accept credits earned at other institutions of higher education.
Q2Can I change the faculty after enrollment in the International Course Program?
A2 No. International Course Students can not transfer to any other faculty.

Campus Life

Q1Do I get any supports by English-speaking staff?

A1 Comprehensive support from English-speaking staff will be provided to the international students for assistance in their living and studying in Kyoto. Student lounge KI-ZU-NA is another space for students to create bounds of friendship beyond borders, promoting cultural exchange through monthly events in which students can participate.

KI-ZU-NA URL:  http://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/education-campus/international/facilities/kizuna/index.html

Q2It is my first time to live in Kyoto, and I am not familiar with the area. Can I get any help from the university to become accustomed to the life there?
A2 We have a tutoring system for the international students. After the admission, your will have support from a tutor (generally a master's course student from Graduate School of Engineering). You will be able to obtain  advice on your daily life to help you get along on campus as well as in the city of Kyoto.

Life in Kyoto

Q1How much do I need for living expenses in Japan?
A1 Although the cost of living varies depending on housing expenditure and food budget, average living expenses for international students in Kyoto and Osaka area are 134,000 Japanese Yen per month according to Students Guide to Japan by JASSO.
Q2What should I do if I get sick, should I obtain health insurance?
A2-1 List of emergency hospitals with foreign language speaking staff, and medical handbook are available on the website provided by the Kyoto City International Foundation (URL: www.kcif.or.jp/en/).
A2-2 Foreign residents who intend to stay in Japan for one year or more must enroll in National Health Insurance. When the subscriber presents  their National Health Insurance Card at the reception in a hospital for a treatment, the insured need to pay only 30 % of medical costs under its coverage. (refer to Handbook for International Students)
Q3How can I get to school from the dormitory?
A3 There are public transportation services to all of our 3 campuses.
Q4Do I need a car to commute to the university?
A4 Kyoto city is well served by public transportation (trains, buses); students usually do not need to purchase a car to get around.
Q5My parents are very worried about me going to Japan. Will I experience any influence of radiation from the accident that occurred in the Nuclear power plants in the Tohoku area of Japan? I have no idea what it is like in Kyoto.
A5Please see the web page of Kyoto municipal government for "Message of Safety".