Established in Kyoto in 1947, the Kyoto Gaidai Educational Foundation incorporates an integrated education system constituted by the University, Junior College, High School and the Career College. Based on our School Motto “PAX MUNDI PER LINGUAS (World Peace through Languages)” we are educating individuals the importance of lifelong learning, the courage to spread their wings and the determination to fulfill their dreams.
Kyoto University of Foreign Studies was founded in 1959. With " PAX MUNDI PER LINGUAS" as a motto and mindset, the university puts great effort into educational research, not only in linguistics, but also in a broad range of background issues such as culture and customs. KUFS also implements many international exchange programs and continues to raise levels of erudition in an effort to become a bridge across the global seas.
The university offers extensive Japanese language and culture education for international students, including Japanese classes at nine levels as well as hands-on classes on Japanese Tradition & Culture in which they can experience Japanese culture firsthand. International students can also improve their Japanese skills while experiencing Japanese culture through study tours and exchange with Japanese students. Through the course, they can acquire not only the Japanese proficiency required to study at a Japanese university or graduate school, but also knowledge indispensable for living and studying in Japan.
The graduate school aims to develop individuals who can contribute to international society and specialists who can take a leading role in international or educational institutions through research on various languages and cultures. The language and culture course and the language teaching course both draw on the rich language resources of the university to offer students a variety of specialized studies, communication studies, and practical studies. This allows them to acquire both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
The junior college offers a two-year evening program, where students develop the practical career skills required in a rapidly changing age, based on their future goals, including advancement to higher education, business, or studying abroad. The junior college offers a unit-based curriculum that enables each student to create an original timetable tailored to their lifestyle or objectives. Financial assistance programs are also available, which enable students to take courses they can use to acquire skills to move up the career ladder.
The high school is committed to the development of individuals with a global perspective, who will play a leading role in the world. In addition to active club activities, the school also promotes the implementation of the Kansai High School Model United Nations, which has students simulate an international conference in order to deepen their understanding of international political systems and global issues.
This is a college specializing in languages, offering not only a British/American English course, but also courses in Asian languages, such as Chinese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Japanese (development of Japanese-language teachers). The college places a principal focus on the acquisition and enhancement of language skills in the limited time period of two years. In particular, it gives thorough training for the development of the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.