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Kyoto, JAPAN

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ACADEMICS

Kyoto University International Education Program (KUINEP) Open to undergraduate students in all majors. This program provides courses taught in English both international students and Kyoto University students. To qualify, students must have a 3.0 GPA and at least a basic knowledge of Japanese language (one year preferred.) Academic areas: KUINEP courses cover diverse subjects such as life science, environmental studies, physics, economics, politics, and social studies. Additionally, students may take a Japanese language course.

Kyoto University General Exchange Program – Open to undergraduate and graduate students in any major. For students who want to take regular Kyoto University courses taught in Japanese. Students should already have advanced proficiency in Japanese. Academic areas: Integrated Human Studies, Letters, Education, Law, Economics, Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Engineering, and Agriculture; Graduate faculties include Human and Environmental Studies, Letters, Education, Law, Economics, Science, Biostudies, Pharmaceutical Science, Engineering, Informatics, Energy Science, Global Environmental Studies, Agriculture, Asian Area Studies, and African Area Studies.  Additionally, students may take a supplemental Japanese language course. 

Kyoto University is also a good fit for graduate students who already have advanced proficiency in Japanese and who wish to do research abroad.

COURSES IN ENGLISH

Yes - all KUINEP classes are taught in English.
EXCHANGE STUDENT LINKS

DURATION

KUINEP:

Spring Semester Early April - late July
Year Early October - late July (academic year)

General Exchange Program:

Spring Semester Early April - early August
Year Early October - early August (academic year)

HOUSING

Dormitories
Students may live in one of Kyoto University's four off-campus International Houses. Students commute to the campus by bicycle or train.

More information on Kyoto University housing options

ESTIMATED COSTS

TUITION - MIX students register as full-time students at UH Manoa and pay regular UHM tuition & fees.  Your tuition category (Resident, Non-Resident, WUE, etc., stays the same). You do not pay overseas tuition. 

LIVING EXPENSES - You are responsible for all living expenses, including health insurance, books/supplies, room & meals, personal expenses, airfare, local transportation, and any costs associated with obtaining a visa (if applicable). Below are estimates for planning purposes only; amounts are listed per semester, and will vary based on your individual needs.    

  • Health Insurance: $100-300
  • Books & Supplies: $150-250
  • Room & Meals: $5,700-6,400
  • Personal Expenses: $1,500-2,500
  • Airfare & Local Transportation: $1,400-2,000
  • Visa Expenses: $0

FINANCIAL AID - Since you are still a registered UHM student while on MIX, you continue to be eligible to receive financial aid and scholarships.  If you submit a ‘MIX Student Budget for Financial Aid Purposes’ form, UHM financial aid will take into consideration your overseas living and travel expenses when awarding your grants/loans. More info on Financial Aid & Scholarships for MIX   

National Health Insurance Program - International students residing in Japan for one semester or one year may be required to enroll in this program through their host university in Japan. Japanese National Health Insurance may not be required if students purchase adequate health insurance in their home country.

VISA / OTHER

Visa Information - The requirements for visas vary depending upon nationality (citizenship), purpose of trip, and length of stay. As a rule, applications must be submitted in person to the Japanese Consulate. The Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu has a jurisdiction covering the State of Hawaii and American Samoa. If visa applicants reside outside State of Hawaii or American Samoa, please contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulate that handles visas for your area.

Once you have a valid passport and the other required documents, you will need to visit the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu and apply for a VISA. The Consulate General of Japan is located at 1742 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817 USA. Tel: 808-543-3111.

If you are studying abroad for a semester or year, please be sure to apply for a “College Student” status VISA. It is a very difficult and sometimes impossible to get your status changed later.

You will need at least the following documents when applying for your College Student status VISA:

1. Visa application form with passport photos attached (download from Consulate General website).

2. Copy of Certificate of Admission to your host university in Japan. (This is a formal letter that will be sent directly to the MIX Office. You will receive an email when it is available for pick-up.)

3. Certificate of Eligibility (Issued about two months before your departure for Japan)

4. Your valid passport

Upon Arrival in Japan - When you arrive at the airport in Japan, you will go through an Immigration Inspection. Your passport and Certificate of Eligibility for Status of Residence will be checked, and your residence status and your formal period of stay will be decided.

Part-time work while studying in Japan - Exchange students who are granted the 'Student' status of residence may be permitted to work part-time (up to 28 hours per week) while in Japan, as long as it does not affect their studies. To apply for permission, please fill out an "Application for Permission to Engage in Activities other than that Permitted under Status of Residence Previously Granted" when you apply for your visa. More information is available at the Immigration Bureau in Japan website.

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