Introduction of Kyoto iUP Office
Japan's population of 18-year-olds, which gradually decreased after peaking at 2.49 million in 1966, is currently less than half of this, 1.2 million,and is expected to continue to decline in the future. So far, Kyoto University has gathered students with a high level of academic excellence from all over Japan, a situation we will continue to work towards maintaining, however, the decline in the number of possible students naturally affects quality.
Despite this situation, producing outstanding graduates who can lead the next generation of education and research at Kyoto University and play important roles in wider society remains central mission of Kyoto University.
In response, the university launched the Kyoto University International Undergraduate Program, or Kyoto iUP, so that we can actively receive not only Japanese students - our core target up to this point - but also high-achieving international students, the first generation of which we accepted in 2018.
Kyoto University International Undergraduate Program (Kyoto iUP) is a 4.5-year program comprising a six-month preparatory course followed by four years of undergraduate studies. To accept more and more excellent motivated international undergraduate students, Kyoto iUP does not require students to have Japanese language proficiency at the time of application. Through the intensive training after their enrollment, Kyoto iUP students acquire sufficient language proficiency to attend specialized lectures and pursue advanced studies in Japanese with Japanese students.
By accepting more and more excellent motivated international undergraduate students, we are creating diverse and international educational environment where all Kyoto University students not only acquire extensive and deep knowledge through liberal arts and specialized education but also develop communication skills and broad perspectives to better understand different values and cultures.