Thursday, November 5, 2020

[Bachelor Degree] Kyoto University International Undergraduate Program (Kyoto iUP) Scholarship 2021, Japan

Kyoto University celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2017. Since its establishment in 1897, the university has endeavored to provide high-quality education and advance the frontiers of scientific research. Through its general and specialized education programs, it seeks to cultivate global leaders for the 21st century. Since its foundation, the university has maintained a tradition of respecting and encouraging academic freedom—a tradition which is at the heart of the Kyoto University International Undergraduate Program (Kyoto iUP), an innovative new undergraduate program for international students. 
Kyoto iUP comprises a six-month preparatory course followed by a four-year undergraduate course. In the first two-and-a-half years, students develop an essential understanding of core subjects in both English and Japanese, and acquire sufficient Japanese language proficiency to attend specialized lectures and pursue advanced studies in Japanese in their final two years. 
In addition to cultivating language proficiency and a multicultural mindset, the four-and-a-half-year program is also designed to encourage students to exercise initiative and develop flexible thinking. Upon completing the program, students will have in-depth expertise in their chosen field and an extensive understanding of the world. These qualities open the doors to leadership roles in various sectors of international society.
Kyoto iUP students receive comprehensive support during all phases of the program, benefiting from the experience accumulated by the university throughout its long history of fostering international students from around the globe and supporting them in their studies, research, daily life, and career development.
Scholarships and Support:
Scholarships and Fee Waivers
Merit-based scholarships that include full or partial admission and tuition fee waivers and a monthly allowance of up to JPY 120,000 for four-and-a-half years are available.
  • Preparatory Course
    • Admission Fee : JPY 28,200, Full waiver available
    • Tuition Fee :JPY 296,000 (6 months), Full waiver available
  • Undergraduate Course
    • Admission Fee : JPY 282,000, Full waiver available
    • Tuition Fee : JPY 535,800 (Annual) Full and partial waivers available


Accommodation in a Kyoto University International House (dormitory) is available for the first 12 months of the program. Please visit the following website for more information about the Kyoto University International Houses: 

 Student Support
Various forms of support for study, student life, and career development, including student tutoring services, are offered to all iUP students.

Available Faculties:
  • Faculty of Integrated Human Studies*2
    • - Social Sciences and Humanities
    • - Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Science
    • - Mathematical Sciences
    • - Physics and Astrophysics
    • - Earth and Planetary Sciences
    • - Chemistry
    • - Biological Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
    • - Global Engineering
    • -Architecture
    • - Engineering Science
    • - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • - Informatics and Mathematical Science (Computer Science)
    • - Industrial Chemistry
  • Faculty of Agriculture
    • - Bioresource Science
    • -Applied Life Sciences
    • -Agricultural and Environmental Engineering
    • - Food and Environmental Economics
    • - Forest and Biomaterials Science

Applicants must satisfy both of the following requirements, 1 and 2:
  • 1. Applicants must be non-Japanese citizens, and must have obtained “International Student” status of residence at enrollment.
  • 2. Applicants must fulfill at least one of the following five conditions:
    • a) Have completed or be expected to complete at least 12 years of primary to secondary education, or less than 12 years of formal education that is recognized as equivalent by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), in a country other than Japan by September 30, 2021
    • b) Have completed or be expected to complete at least 12 years of primary to secondary education at an educational institution located in Japan, based on a non-Japanese education system and recognized by MEXT by September 30, 2021
    • c) Have completed or be expected to complete 12 years of primary to secondary education at an educational institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), or the Council of International Schools (CIS) by September 30, 2021
    • d) Have been awarded an International Baccalaureate, German Abitur, French Baccalaureate or General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A Level) by September 30, 2021

No Japanese language proficiency required
Japanese language proficiency is not required at the time of application. Students will be provided with intensive Japanese courses in the first six months of the program, followed by two years of advanced courses. Students will then have sufficient proficiency to attend regular undergraduate course lectures and seminars in Japanese from their third year.

To applicants:
Applicants must have a strong motivation to learn the Japanese language in order
How to Apply:
The admission process comprises of two simple steps: document review and interview. The application procedure, including the submission of documents, will be conducted online via the Online Application System. The interview will be held online or in-person
  • All application documents must be uploaded to the Online Application System by the application deadline.
  • The application fee (JPY 9,800) must be paid by December 6, 2020.
    Note: Evidence of the payment must be sent with the application documents

Online Application System (available from November 2 to 5 p.m. (JST) on December 7, 2020)
Online Application System - User ManualPDF

Applicants who cannot submit their standardized test results by the application deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic are requested to state that reason in the "Remarks" column in the "Document Upload" section of the Online Application System. In this case, the screening will be conducted using only the applicant's school transcripts, English proficiency test scores, and any other documents submitted for the first screening.
If your standardized test results are available after you have passed the first screening, you can submit the results before the interview date (the second screening).

Application Guidelines for October 2021 enrollment PDF

07 December 2020


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