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.
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 tea ceremony, flower arrangement, kyogen, and calligraphy 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 that our university considers its strong point. In the language and culture course and the language teaching course, a variety of specialized subjects, communication subjects, and practical subjects are offered to enable students to acquire both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a well-balanced manner.
The junior college offers a two- year evening program, where students develop the practical skills (career strength) required in an age where social values are ever diversifying, with an eye toward their future plans, such as 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 his/her 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," where students simulate an international conference and deepen their understanding of international political systems and global issues.
This is a college specializing in languages, offering not only the 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.