Originally established in Kyoto in 1947, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies is a comprehensive educational institution comprised of the university, a junior college, a career college, and a high school. Guided by its philosophy of "World Peace through Languages," the university fosters the development of individuals who understand the importance of lifelong learning and who pursue their dreams with unyielding conviction.
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.
This is a one-year training course in Japanese Studies for foreign students who are studying Japanese for the first time, or who do not have sufficient Japanese skills and knowledge. More than 70 overseas students, including exchange students from partner universities, study in this course to master basic skills and gain knowledge about Japanese and Japan.
At the Graduate School of Foreign Studies, our goal is to foster the growth of professionals who not only excel in research, but who have strong interpersonal skills in addition to the high level of expertise needed to engage in a wide variety of fields. Because Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, with its diversity of foreign language education, serves as its foundation, the Graduate School is home to a wealth of researchers in foreign language fields. Their fields of expertise cover languages from all around the world, resulting in a system in which one could easily engage in topics of research spanning multiple languages. One of the defining features of the Graduate School is an interdisciplinary approach to education and research that explores different languages and cultures within the context of their relationship to each other, beyond simple differences of nationality and ethnicity.
Kyoto Junior College of Foreign Languages was founded in 1950. It is possible to study while working or apply for admission as a transfer student. The doors to learning are wide open to society. The Junior College emphasizes education in small classes, which is needed for mastering practical English skills, and conducts intensive classes in a short period of time through a semester system that divides two academic years into four terms. Although the schedule is demanding, it is a very effective program for those who have these educational needs. The campus is there for those who have a desire and willingness to learn.
Kyoto Gaidai Nishi High School was founded in 1957. The school has four courses: the College Prep Course (Supreme and Exceed), the International & Cultural Studies Course (A and B), the Stellar Course, and the Sports Course. These are comprehensive study programs geared to developing the scholastic ability and individuality of each student. A feature of the school is the tradition of being free and vivacious. For example, to deepen interest in international and social problems, students are encouraged to participate in robust, lively enterprises, such as simulating international meetings (Model UN) and to undertake volunteer activities. In sports, school teams have excelled in many national competitions. Our goal is to cultivate students who are internationally minded, and have the strength to move forward into future frontiers and express themselves to the world.
Kyoto Career College of Foreign Languages was opened in 1998. This was the first college in Japan to offer English and six other Asian languages as courses of study. The eight departments include British and American English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Japanese Communication (for overseas students). Students of various ages come to the college with diverse dreams of entering university, obtaining work positions, and going to study overseas. After graduating, more than half go on to study at university ― a high figure that we are proud of. Our goal is to groom people to be well-versed in Asian languages and cultures in order for them to function in careers as true cosmopolitans.