Kyoto is a big city surrounded by mountains, the main ones being Higashiyama, Kitayama, and Nishiyama.
Kyoto was established in 794 as the capital and over the next 1,000 years developed into a historical and cultural city. Kyoto has managed to preserve its history and culture and has become known as the cultural capital of Japan, both at home and abroad. Kyoto has not limited itself to the old; it continues to make efforts in developing new art, culture and traditions. This combination of the old and new, and the artistic atmosphere of Kyoto, is in sharp contrast to other cities in Japan.
Many traditional industries such as Nishijin-ori, which originated in Kyoto, are still kept in accordance with tradition, while high-tech industries have been established in recent years.
The average monthly living cost in Kyoto is estimated at about 150,000 yen, including rent. Therefore, approximately 1,800,000 yen will be needed to stay in Japan for one year. Please plan your living funds in advance.
|Rent (including utility fees)||45,000 yen||Education Material||10,000 yen|
|Food||30,000 yen||Social Expenses||10,000 yen|
|Transportation||10,000 yen||Incidental Expenses.||20,000 yen|
KUFS will introduce you to a real estate agency that will assist international students in finding housing in Kyoto.
This real estate agency always helps KUFS international students find housing, and they can help in English as well as Japanese, so please do not hesitate to let them know your desired rent, area, etc.
National Health Insurance is administered by the city, town or village. All foreign nationals are required to enroll in this program. The insurance covers 70% of all kinds of medical expenses, which means that the patient pays only the remaining 30% at a hospital or at a dental office, for example. The premium for this insurance varies slightly depending on the place one lives and the person's income during the previous year. It costs foreign nationals who hold a College Student visa approximately ¥18,000 to enroll in this program.
This insurance covers medical costs paid for the treatment of injuries sustained in class or during extra-curricular activities.
Students holding a Student Visa are allowed by the Japanese Government to engage in a part-time job on condition that the working hours should not exceed 28 hours a week by permission of the Immigration Bureau. However, students are not granted absences from classes to attend part-time jobs.
International students should come to Japan with adequate financial support, which will enable them to pursue their studies without resorting to part-time jobs for financial survival.
JCBP is a program in which international and Japanese students work in pairs to practice Japanese conversation. The buddies will converse in 40 minutes secctions on a consistent weekly basis. There is no set topic, so students can practice conversation in Japanese together.
Through participation in clubs and extracurricular activities, students can deepen their understanding of Japan and Japanese people. KUFS has various club activities that allow students to experience Japanese culture, such as tea ceremony and kendo (fencing) clubs, as well as clubs that focus on language exchange, so please be proactive in participating.