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Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

Kyoto, Japan


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Location

Though settlement on the site is much older, modern Kyoto was founded by the emperor in 794 BCE as Heian-kyō and purpose-built to be the capital. The city remained the capital of Japan until the late 19th century, when the capital was moved to Tokyo. Luckily, the city and its ancient architecture were largely spared the ravages of WWII. Landmarks such as Nijō Castle and Kamomioya (Shimogamo) Shrine have helped make Kyoto a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kyoto’s economy centers around IT and electronics, with companies such as Nintendo and Kyocera calling it home. The city is also known for tourism, traditional Japanese crafts—such as kimono weaving and brewing sake.

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (KUFS) was founded in 1945 as the Kyoto School of Foreign Languages as recognition of the need for young Japanese to study languages and cultures. The institution’s purpose is best expressed in its motto: Pax Mundi per Linguas (World Peace through Languages).

Terms Available

  • CWU Spring + Summer Quarters/KUFS Spring Semester: April–July*
  • CWU Fall + Winter Quarters/KUFS Fall Semester: September–January*
  • Academic Year
  • Calendar Year

*Japanese universities follow a calendar similar to the Southern Hemisphere Calendar, in which the academic year roughly falls in line with the calendar year rather than straddling two calendar years. Spring Semester is the first semester of the academic year. This may have an impact on course availability.

Program Type

  • Exchange

Language of Instruction

  • Japanese

Available Fields of Study

  • Asian/Pacific Studies
  • Japanese Language & Culture

Finding Classes

See “Course Guideline” on the International Exchange Students information website. A link to syllabi is on the top-left of the course guideline PDF, though the linked page is entirely in Japanese.

Housing

  • Apartment
  • Dormitory

More information: Accommodation

Estimated Total Costs

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