Inbound Programs for International Students

Summer Program (3 Weeks)

(Short-term Japanese Language and Cultural Studies Program)

Our university offers a three-week Japanese Language and Cultural Studies program for students of affiliated universities abroad. This program is structured to enable students enrolled in universities etc. affiliated with Kyoto Women's University to intensively learn basic Japanese in a short period. In addition to the learning of the Japanese language, lectures on "Kyotology" by various staff at Kyoto Women's University, and hands-on study on the Japanese culture to experience Japanese home life are also provided.


Japanese language lessons

9:00 - 10:30 and 10:45 - 12:15 on Monday,Tuesday,Thursday and Friday

Japanese culture lessons

14:00 - 17:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, "Kyotology by Kyoto Women's University" (lecture and hands-on learning) (a total of 6 times)


One-day trip, welcome party, farewell party, completion ceremony, etc.


Beginner class

[ Eligibility ] Levels N5 and N4 of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT); Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Intermediate class

[Eligibility] Level N3 of JLPT; Level B1 of CEFR

Advanced class

[Eligibility] Level N2 and N1 of JLPT; Level B2 of CEFR

JAPANESE CULTURE LESSONS                   (Kyotology by Kyoto Women's University)

  • visiting the Nishi Hongwanji Temple (World Cultural Heritage)
  • experiencing preparation of Japanese sweets
  • putting on a yukata, taking a walk on the streets of Kyoto
  • hands-on learning of traditional culture such as sado (tea ceremony) and shodo (calligraphy)
  • ceramic art practical workshop
  • Kyo-machiya(traditional Kyoto town house) tour
* These events are planned, and are subject to change.
During the program, in the afternoon Japanese culture classes, the student supporters take care of participants.
In free time such as in the evening after classes or on weekends, participants can aiso hang out with supporters.


The students share one room with 3 persons including the Japanese student supporter, at Dormitory Shikon, built in 2017.
Students are able to consult the supporter regarding trobles or concerns about their daily life, and share and talk about various things with students together.
At the dormitory, students attend roll call every morning and night to confirm their health and happiness for sharing essential information.
There is a kitchen in the dormitory, so students can cook there or order catering service of meal boxes.

Japanese Language Program (15 Weeks)

The International Center of Kyoto Women's University opened a Japanese language program (starting from September / April) starting in the fall semester of 2018.
This program is open to students and graduates from overseas universities that are affi­liated with Kyoto Women’s University. Applicants should be eager to learn the Japanese language, culture, and society. They should also be interested in attending university or graduate school in Japan, or be interested in working at companies related to Japan in the future.
The program aims to accept students as credited auditors and to enhance their basic Japanese language ability as required for entering Kyoto Women's University or other Japanese universities.


Japanese language courses

8:50 - 10:20 and 10:35 - 12:05 from Monday to Friday

Subsidiary courses

13:00 - 14:30 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
"Study of Japanese Society I & II"; "Japanese Culture and Society I & II", and "Academic Japanese Language I & II"

Courses open to overseas students

Among the courses offered by Kyoto Women's University, you can take courses worth up to 6 credits out of the courses that overseas students are allowed to enroll in. This applies, however, only to students with a Japanese language ability that is equivalent to JLPT Level N2 or above.


Beginner class

[Eligibility] Level N4 of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT); Level A2.1 of JF Standard/the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Absolute beginners are not admitted.

Intermediate class

[Eligibility] Level N3 of JLPT; Level A2.2 of JF Standard/CEFR

Advanced class

[Eligibility] Level N2, N1 of JLPT; Level B1.2, B2.1 of JF Standard/CEFR

Courses open to overseas students

Students may enroll into courses available at each faculty if they take such courses during their free time in the afternoons.

*Each course only accepts students with a language ability that is equivalent to JLPT Level N2 or above.


Off-campus cultural study tours and training

 The university offers off-campus cultural study tours for the purpose of deepening students’ understanding of Japanese history and culture, as well as understanding Japanese industries and corporations. During off-campus training, students will visit areas of historical relevance in Kyoto as part of their Japanese language studies, thus improving their conversational skills while learning about Japanese culture.

* These courses are planned, and are subject to change.


A dormitory arranged by Kyoto Women's University
Students must abide by the dormitory rules during their stay.
Students in this program must register for at least 10 Japanese language courses (10 credits) and one related course (2 credits) during a semester. In addition, students are required to attend classes for all their registered courses.
Passing point is 60 out of 100 for each course stated above. Kyoto Women’s University will issue a certificate on completion of all requirements.