Admission Guide to Science, Kyoto University

Undergraduate Admission to Faculty of Science

  • General Requirements
    Completion of 12 years’ 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. 
    All the classes are taught in Japanese, except some special courses including KUINEP; therefore you need to have sufficient Japanese language proficiency. KUINEP courses are only open to exchange students from our partner institutions.
  • Entrance Examination for Self-supported Students
    Self-supported international students for degree purpose must take two entrance examinations written in Japanese: National Center Exam in January, and Kyoto University entrance exam in February. Kyoto University do not handle applications or answer inquiries about the National Center Examination. Visit National Exam Center website. We currently do not accept EJU, JPL, TOEFL and other scores in place of the regular entrance examination for privately supported students.
  • Government Supported Students
    Entrance examination is waved for applicants who apply through the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship or Foreign Government Scholarship. Contact the Japan Embassy in your country and/or your government for more information.

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Graduate School admission

  • Admission Procedure
    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. Correspondance to faculty members may be in English.

NOTE: International Education Advisors or any offices in Kyoto University would NOT personally introduce any faculty member(s) to prospective applicants. Such inquiries would be disregarded. Graduate-level applicants in science field should be able to find a right professor or supervisor for their research plan.

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 for next April’s admission.
  • 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 us to complete your application.

MEXT Scholarship Application through Kyoto University

  • Application Announcement: sometime in December or January (varies by year)
  • Application Deadline: January or February (varies by year)
  • Application will be submitted through Kyoto University
  • This option is competitive: Only one applicant per school per year
  • Documents to submit:
  1. Recommendation letter from a professor of Kyoto University with whom you wish to study
  2. Application form including a detailed statement of your research topic
  3. Certificate of (anticipated) graduation from the highest institution you have attended
  4. Academic Record from the highest institution you have attended
  5. An official grading policy statement to support your academic record
  6. Birth certificate, official identification or passport information
  7. Recommendation letter addressed to the president of Kyoto University from the dean or higher personnel of your institution
  8. Abstract of your thesis
  9. Official certificate to prove your language proficiency (English and/or Japanese, e.g. TOEFL score) and any other evidence to prove your ability in your specialized area. (e.g. GRE score, publication…etc.)
  10. List of publication and copies of published papers
  11. Health report signed by a certified medical doctor

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General Admission for Privately Supported International Students
Self-Supporting Students and Students with Non-Governmental Financial Aid are called 
'shihi-ryugakusei' or privately supported international students. 
These applicants have to go through a similar admission procedure as Japanese local students do.
Merit-based scholarships are available from various sources for degree-seeking international students, after you are admitted to Kyoto University.
Tuition may be waived for those who need financial aid.

  • For Masters Course
    • Biology, Earth Science and Physics Departments:
      Self-supporting international students should pass the same entrance examination as domestic students written in Japanese.
      Entrance examination 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 via mail.
    • Mathematics and Chemistry Departments: 
      Special examination for international applicants will be held in Feburary, the application packet for which (written only in Japanese) becomes available in December.
  • For Doctors Course
    Admission Procedure varies by department for international applicants. 
    Contact the professor you wish to study under and obtain his/her agreement.
    Application packet for doctors course usually becomes available in December.

Application Packet for Graduate School of Science are are only available via regular mail.
Applicants residing overseas may contact the admissions office by e-mail to ask how to obtain the packet . International Admissions Office > 050ryugaku[at]

Those who residing in Japan should refer to the application information page (in Japanese only). To request a copy from within Japan, clarify which program you are applying (master or doctor) and send us a self-addressed and postage page envelop to:

Academic Affairs Office, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502 Japan

We only accept Japanese postal stamps, or an international postal coupon worth to cover an A4 size envelop containing 150 grams for masters programapplication, or 100 grams for doctoral program application, to be sent to your country. Visit Japan Post website to find how much it costs.

We recommend you should contact us early enough because international mails take time.

Scholarships for Self Supported Students

  • 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 are available after admission. Most graduate students at Graduate School of Science receive a scholarship.
  • Laboratory Fellowship, Teaching Assistnat / Research Assistant-ship
    Positions might be offered by a laboratory or by an individual faculty member.
    Contact your future professor directly. International Office do not have any information.

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Non-Degree Admissions / Exchange Students
The following routes are also available if you are not seeking for a degree.

  • Short Term Students Exchange Agreement
    Exchange students from Kyoto University’s academic exchange partner institutions may take classes at Kyoto University for one or two semester for non-degree purpose. 
    Tuition for Kyoto University is waived in this case.
  • KUINEP (Kyoto University INternational Education Program)
    Lectures are provided in English through the International Center.
    Admission is only open for registered students of our partner institutions. 
    Contact your home institution for more information, or Foreign Student Division of Kyoto University.
  • Research Students (Kenkyu-sei)
    Each department/lab may accept students at post-graduate level for non-degree purpose when space is available. Interested students should directly contact the faculty member you with to conduct research with. International Education Advisors or any offices would NOT introduce any faculty members to prospective applicants.
  • For Students of One of Our Partner Institutions
    Application forms and any other information should be obtained from your home institution.
  • The list of Academic Exchange Partner Institutions
  • For Students from Non-Partner Institutions
    To be considered for this option, contact us through your academic advisor (i.e. professor to study with). Graduate school and Faculty of Science do not reply individual inquiries from students of non-partner institutions.
  • Warnings for those who are interested in ‘Short-term Exchange’
    Graduate School and Faculty of Science do not promote this program, and we only consider applicants with certain achievements. If you wish to be considered, contact us through your academic advisor with your academic records, statement of purpose and recommendation letters. There is no financial, housing or insurance support for short-term exchange students. Applicants in this category would only stay in Japan for less than three months with non-student visa, and they are not officially a ‘student’; therefore, do not have any previledge as a student. 


  • All the undergraduate and master courses are taught in Japanese. 
    Most undergraduate and masters students are at JLPT N1 level or scores 300 points or more out of 400 at EJU Japanese language section. (We do not accept those exam for admission. This is just a reference).
  • At doctor’s level, you may conduct research in English if your advisor allows to do so. 
    However, most of official documents, at Kyoto University are written in Japanese and most administrative staff and local people speaks Japanese only: 
    Therefore, you want to be comfortable with Japanese anyway.
  • Japanese language classes for registered students and staff are available at the International Center, Kyoto University, free of fees.


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