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How to Apply to KUFS

If you are a student at one of our Partner Universities then you have the opportunity to study at KUFS as an international / exchange student. Please contact your International Office for information on the application and selection procedures. We do NOT accept any personal application.
All application forms for the International / Exchange Program are available on this website.

Application Deadline

The documents are to be obtained and completed and returned to the Division of International Affairs by November 30 for spring semester commencing in April and by April 30 for fall semester commencing in September.
Any documents submitted after the deadline are not to be accepted for whatever reason.

  Documents to be Submitted Method of submission
(1) Application Form for International / Exchange Students
Download the paper form (Word: 38KB)
Send your documents (1) - (9) as attachments at the email address below. You do not have to mail the original documents. ※ Document (1) (2): Please make sure to download and fill in the documents on your PC and send them back as a Word or Excel file. We DO NOT accept PDF files as your attachments. Email: oips@kufs.ac.jp
Application Form for BUFS Self-supporting International Students
Download the paper form (Word: 38KB)
(2) Application for Certificate of Eligibility
(3 pages of application forms + samples)
Download the paper form (Excel: 218KB)
(3) Certificate of Health
Download the paper form (PDF: 44KB)
(4) Application Form for Accommodation
(Only for those who wish to apply for an accommodation arranged by KUFS) Download the paper form (PDF: 218KB)
(5) Written Oath
Download the paper form (PDF: 64KB)
(6) Certificate of Enrolment of Home Institution
(7) Academic Record / Transcript
(8) Bank Statement
(certifying that you have a sufficient budget while you live in Japan; one million yen for six months and two million yen for a year)
(9) Passport Copy
(personal data page)
(10) Five 4cm x 3cm Photographs (full face without a hat against plain background) with the applicant's name written on the back. The photographs must be in color, and have been taken within 3 months of the application. Please send the photographs by EMS or an international courier service to the following address. [ Address ]
Division of International Affairs, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
6 Kasame-cho, Saiin, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8558 JAPAN

Fees and Costs

Course related fees

Exchange students In accordance with the provisions of the exchange agreement, students are granted a full tuition waiver and that no application fees and guarantor required (KUFS will act as the guarantor).
Other international students Please check with your coordinator at your home university.

Living cost and Accommodation

Living Cost

All students are recommended to have available about 1,000,000 - 2,000,000 yen per year to cover rent, meals, books, mobile phone, living expenses and other personal costs.

Housing in Japan

Housing conditions in Japan is quite unique compare to other countries. If you are interested in arranging an accommodation on your own, please note that most international students find signing a rental agreement quite hard. Generally, Japanese rental accommodation is as follows. It is usually one room apartment type of accommodation with no furniture. The cost for renting an apartment room around KUFS is about 60,000 yen per month. Most of the time, the rent does not include utilities, such as gas, electricity and water. The security deposit which is usually about three-month rent and key money are also required when making an agreement. Furthermore, generally you need to have a guarantor who lives in Japan. Therefore, you should research well before you make decisions.

Accommodation Arrangement by KUFS

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies arranges every student a dormitory or apartment room. Due to the limited number of dormitory rooms, you might be arranged to move into an apartment room. KUFS will decide which room you will be into, therefore, we might not be able to meet your request.
All rooms organized by KUFS are furnished single rooms.
Please note that there is NO Homestay arrangement via KUFS.

Type of Room Single
Semester Rent Aprx. 264,000 - 324,000 yen
Utilities
(Gas, water and electricity)
Included in the rent
(there will be an extra charge if utilities exceed 10,000 yen all together)
Distance to KUFS 5 minutes walk -
Aprx. 20 minutes by bike
Bathroom / Toilet
Kitchen / Refrigerator
Air-conditioner / Heater
Washing Machine
Furniture
(Bed, Desk, Chair and Wardrobe)
Internet Access
(costs are included in the rent)

* Deposit・・・ The deposit will basically paid by KUFS, but if the room condition is quite dirty, damaged and need to be cleaned, you will be required to pay for the recovery cost.

Arrival and Transportation

Pick-up Service

If you are moving into an accommodation arranged by KUFS, you are eligible to use our pick-up service. Please refer to the Arrival Information below for more detail.

Arrival Information for 2017 September enrollment (PDF: 64KB)

By Public Transport

From Kansai International Airport to KUFS (Approx. 2 hours)

  1. Proceed straight to the JR train ticket-selling booth after coming out of the airport.
  2. Purchase the JR “Haruka” Train ticket bound for Kyoto. (Approx. 3,000 yen)
  3. Take the train and get off at JR Kyoto Station.
  4. There are three ways to reach KUFS from JR Kyoto Station.
    1. Exit from JR KARASUMA-GUCHI gate. Take Bus #28 bound for “Daikakuji temple” and get off at “Kyoto Gaidai Mae”. Or exit from JR HACHIJO-GUCHI gate, walk across HACHIJO STREET to take Bus #71 bound for “Matsuobashi” and get off at “Kyoto Gaidai Mae”.
    2. Take the subway Karasuma Line and get off at Shijo station. Take Bus #3 bound for “Matsuobashi” or #29 bound for “Rakusai Bus Terminal” and get off at “Kyoto Gaidai Mae”.
    3. Take the subway Karasuma Line and get off at Shijo station. Then, transfer on to Hankyu Railway and get off at Saiin station. It is about 15 minutes walk to the west from Saiin Station to KUFS. Buses are also available from Saiin Station to the nearest bus stop to KUFS ? “Kyoto Gaidai Mae”, with Bus #3 (for Matsuobashi), #28 (for Daikakuji temple), #29 (for Rakusai Bus Terminal), #67 (for Matsuobashi), #69 (for Katura-Eki Higashi-Guchi), and #71 (Matsuobashi).
      * Kyoto City Buses charge a flat rate of 230 yen.

From Osaka International Airport to KUFS (Approx. 2 hours)

There are two ways to reach KUFS from Osaka International Airport; one is to take shuttle bus from the airport to JR Kyoto Station, and another is to take monorail and train to Hankyu Saiin Station.

  1. Airport Limousine (Approx. 1.5 hours)
    1. Proceed straight to the airport bus terminal and get on the airport limousine #5 or #15 bound for Kyoto. (Fare: 1,280 yen) The limousine will take you to the south gate “MINAMI-GUCHI” of JR Kyoto Station.
    2. Exit from JR MINAMI-GUCHI gate after arriving at the JR Kyoto Station, and walk across HACHIJO STREET to take City Bus #71 bound for “Mastuobashi” and get off at “Kyoto Gaidai Mae”.
      * Kyoto City Buses charge a flat rate of 230 yen.
  2. Monorail & Train (Approx. 2 hours)
    1. Proceed to Osaka Monorail by crossing the connecting bridge and take the monorail and get off at “MINAMI IBARAKI” station. (Fare: 420 yen)
    2. At Minami Ibaraki station, transfer on to Hankyu Railway. Take the train to Kyoto and get off at Saiin station. (Fare: 310 yen)
    3. From Saiin station, walk to the west for 15 minutes to KUFS. Buses are also available from Saiin Station to the nearest bus stop to KUFS ? “Kyoto Gaidai Mae”, with Bus #3 (for Matsuobashi), #28 (for Daikakuji temple), #29 (for Rakusai Bus Terminal), #67 (for Matsuobashi), #69 (for Katura-Eki Higashi-Guchi), and #71 (Matsuobashi).
      * Kyoto City Buses charge a flat rate of 230 yen.

Transportation in Kyoto

Public Transport

A network of bus and subway lines cover the whole city, and buses run every 7 to 20 minutes until 10p.m. The standard fare of City Bus is 230 yen. For a subway line, its fares begin at 210 yen. A one-day ticket for 1,200 yen entitles you to use City Buses, within one section of Kyoto Bus route and the subway line without limitation throughout a day.

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http://www.city.kyoto.jp/koho/eng/access/transport.html

Personal Transportation

  • Bikes are especially convenient in traffic-congested Kyoto.
  • Lock your bike when not in use. (Use more than 2 locks, if possible) Bikes, as a rule, are treated as vehicles, and therefore are not allowed to be parked in prohibited areas. These areas are designated by the Kyoto City Government.
    They are clearly marked and strictly controlled. Your bike will be removed if you parked in prohibited areas, therefore, pay close attention to where you park your bike.
  • [ To reclaim a removed bikes ]
    Removed bikes are kept at the bike pound shown on the board where you parked your bike. To reclaim your bike, the following items are required: the key(s) of your bike, identification, and 2,300 yen handling fee. Bikes should be claimed as soon as possible, as after 4 weeks they will be disposed.

Contact us

Should you have any questions, please do feel free to contact us at any time!

Division of International Affairs, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

6 Kasame-cho, Saiin, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 6158558 JAPAN Telephone:+81(0)75 322 6043 / Fax:+81(0)75 322 6243 / Email:Inquiry form

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