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Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

Kyoto, Japan

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Program Type

  • Exchange 



Though settlement on the site is much older, modern Kyoto was founded by the emperor in 794 CE 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 Shrine (more commonly known as 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). 


Language of Instruction

  • Japanese, English 


Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time, degree-seeking CWU student 
  • Minimum 18 years of age by the time of departure 
  • Minimum sophomore status at the time of participation 
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA 


Language Requirements

  • English Course: No knowledge of Japanese language required. 
  • Japanese Course: 150 hours of Japanese language study and a "basic knowledge" of Japanese (e.g. knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana). 


Terms Available

  • CWU Spring + Summer Quarters/Japanese Semester I: April-July 
  • CWU Fall + Winter Quarters/ Japanese Semester II: September-January 
  • US Academic Year 
  • Japanese Academic 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. Spring Semester is the first semester of the academic year, which may have an impact on course availability. 


Available Fields of Study

  • Asian/Pacific Studies
  • Japanese Language & Culture


Finding Classes

KUFS offers two study tracks: 

  • English Course 

The English Course offers students the ability to take English-taught classes from KUFS’ subjects of the Department of Global Studies and Institute for Japan studies, as well as they can choose some from the Faculty of Foreign Studies, Department of Global Tourism and Future Leaders Program, provided they already have the required number of classes from the two primary units. Students are not permitted to take classes from the Japanese Course, nor are they permitted to participate in Japanese Course excursions. Basic conversational Japanese classes are available from the KUFS Language Center for an additional fee. 

  • Japanese Course 

The Japanese Course is intended for those wishing to study Japanese language and other subjects with Japanese as the language of instruction. Previous study of Japanese is required (see above). 

Pre-articulated KUFS Japanese language courses (PDF)

To find classes and syllabi, consult the "Course Guideline", "Timetable" and "WEB Syllabus" links for the appropriate course on the Partner University Students webpage. 



  • Apartment 
  • Dormitory (Japanese only) 
    • Asia University has contracted with a third-party management company for student accommodation in Share House Dormy Musashi-sakai (women) and Asia Global House (men), details of which are available via the link above. 


Estimated Total Costs

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship-eligible program 
Freeman ASIA Scholarship-eligible program
Boren Scholarship-eligible program (Fall start only)
AATJ Bridging Scholarship-eligible program
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship-eligible program


CWU Application


  • Fall Start: March 1 
  • Spring Start: September 1 

Application Portal: 


Partner Website

KUFS Home 

Information for Partner University Students 

KUFS Exchange Fact Sheet (PDF)

Video: Introduction to Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (English) 


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