ADMISSIONS FOR DEGREE PROGRAMS IN SCIENCE
- This is the page to answer most frequently asked questions from degree-seeking applicants.
- Read this page and Kyoto University's official admissions guide before you contact us.
- The Graduate School and Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, focuses on basic natural sciences, not applied ones.
For health, engineering, information, environmental and other applied sciences, consider other schools within Kyoto University.
- The list of course syllabi is available through OCW (Open Courseware) only in Japanese.
- All specialized subjects offered by the Faculty of Science are taught in Japanese as of 2019.
- Visit "mobility" page non-degree seeking visits and student-exchange programs.
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Undergraduate Admission to Faculty of Science
- General Requirements
Completion of 12-year schooling or equivalent, as recognized by the Minister of Education, or Equivalents recognized by the Minister of Education include degrees such as the International Baccalaureate.
- Entrance Examination for Undergraduate Applicants
Applicants for degree purpose must take two entrance examinations given in Japanese: National Center Exam in January, and Kyoto University exam in February, except for MEXT scholarship students and iUP applicants.
- Currently, Faculty of Science DO NOT accept EJU, JPL, TOEFL, IELTS and any other scores in place of the regular entrance examination for privately supported undergraduate applicants.
- Government Supported International Students
Entrance examination may be waved for applicants who has the Japanese government (MEXT) Scholarship or some foreign government scholarship. Ask each sponsor, not us, about application procedure.
Graduate School admission
- Admission Procedure varies by departments. It also differs by level (master/doctor), admission year, your nationality and also by your financial status (governmental scholarship recipient or self-supported).
- Applicants should first visit the departments websites and find a faculty member(s) to discuss your research plan before you apply.
- Contact information to faculty members are listed in department websites.
- Correspondance to faculty members may be in English or Japanese.
- IMPORTANT: International Advisors or any offices within Kyoto University would NOT introduce any faculty member(s) to prospective applicants. Such inquiries would be disregarded. Find a professor or supervisor by yourself.
MEXT Scholarship Application through Japan Embassy
- Applicants must contact the Japan Embassy in your own country and obtain an application packet there. Graduate School and Faculty of Science does not know anything about the specific procedure planned by each embassy.
- Application usually closes in early summer.
- Contact a professor(s) with whom you wish to study well in advance.
Professors and administrators may not be available during summer when you need an acceptance letter from them to complete your application. Act early.
MEXT Scholarship Application through Kyoto University
- This scholarship is only for applicants who are already accepted and strongly recommended by one of our faculty members. The application must be filed by a faculty member. Do not contact our office for this option.
General Admission for Privately Supported International Applicants
Self-supported students and students with non-governmental financial aid are called
'shihi-ryugakusei' or privately supported international students.
Admission Procedure varies by the department for international applicants.
First, contact the professor you wish to study with and obtain his/her agreement.
Masters Course other than Primate Research Institute
- Self-supporting international students should pass the same entrance examination as domestic students written in Japanese, except for CICASP at Primate Research Institute.
- Entrance examination for masters program except for CICASP is usually held in August of the year before admission.
- The application packet for August exam usually becomes available in May.
Ask for it at Academic Affairs Office in person or by e-mailing to 050kyomu_daigakuin*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)
- Contact the professor you wish to study with and discuss the research plan.
- Official language for doctors course can be English or Japanese unless otherwise informed by the professor.
- We do not introduce any faculty members personally.
→ Go to DIVISIONS PAGE THAT LINKS TO DEPARTMENT WEBSITES and find a suitable professor for your research interest.
- File Official application only after the professor agrees to your research plan.
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Scholarships and Financial Aid (other than MEXT)
- Gakush- Shoreihi Scholarship
- Scholarship may be available for those who got high score in Nihon Ryugaku Shiken or Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) .
Go to JASSO website for more details
- Scholarships from private foundation for self-supporting international students may be available after admission. Consult with your department office after you are admitted.
- Teaching Assistnatship / Research Assistantship
Positions may be offered by department, laboratory, or by faculty member.
Ask your future professor directly.
- Application Packet for Graduate School of Science may be obtained from the admissions office in pareson or via regular mail by sending self-addressed postage paid envelop to the admissions office.
- Applicants residing overseas may contact:
Graduate School of Science Admissions Office
with your name, intended major, intended course (master or doctor) and mailing address to obtain the packet.
- The official application packet is available in Japanese only, but unofficial English version is available in PDF format upon request.
Japanese Language Requirements
- All the undergraduate and master's courses are taught in Japanese.
Most undergraduate and masters students must be at least at JLPT N2 level, or they must scores 300 points or more out of 400 at EJU Japanese language section.
We do not require those exam scores for admission. This is just a reference.
- At doctor's level, you may conduct research in English.
However, we strongly recommend all students to know basic Japanese for their daily life, communication with locals, and so on.
- Japanese language classes for registered students and researchers are available at
Center for Japanese Language and Culture at Kyoto University, free of charge.
Application and placement tests take place before each semester.
- Write us at ilab[at]office.sci.kyoto-u.ac.jp (change [at] to @) only after you have read this page thoroughly and still have questions. Any inquiry that are already answered in this page will be disregarded. Thank you for understanding.
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