Kyoto University of Foreign Studies is not a university for "foreign languages," but rather a university for "foreign studies." The Japanese name of our university contains "gaikokugo," which means foreign languages. We not only focus on languages, but also on the political, economic, historical, and cultural aspects of the countries where those foreign languages are spoken. In addition to language-focused courses in our Foreign Language Department, we offer many courses on foreign studies. Our Faculty of Global Engagement also provides a variety of courses specialized in foreign studies. We also offer many courses related to Kyoto, including subjects that allow our students to experience real and actual Kyoto. Students acquire the essence of the Japanese culture, which leads to the true understanding of the culture.
In our university, we offer education to cultivate in our students an insatiable curiosity in various specific fields. By so doing, we aim to help them realize the saying "What you like, you will do well," shifting their mindset from learning that requires strenuous effort to pursuing what they truly enjoy. This will lead to a desire to constantly improve and reach greater stages, because they will not get tired or give up, even after repeated great efforts. As a result, they will naturally acquire the inevitable knowledge, skills, and language abilities.
We strive to cultivate individuals with an unwavering spirit who can advance towards the goal of "pax mundi (world peace)" through "per linguas (through language)." Our aim is to create something new, push it forward into a sustainable realm, and make it a tradition that will become a driving force for future generations and lead to further innovation.