The MassArt International Exchange Programs are full immersion programs at one of our reciprocal exchange partner host institutions. Students enroll directly in the host institution abroad but pay MassArt tuition and fees. Most forms of financial aid apply, but it is important to check with the financial aid office for more information. Be sure to visit our website for more information on the steps to study abroad.
Kyoto University of Art and Design is located in the northeast corner of Kyoto
, Japan’s former capital and iconic hub of traditional culture. Part of a humid subtropical region with occasional wintertime snowfall, the campus is not far from the ramen restaurant-filled Ichijoji district and several must-see temples.
Exchange Student Application Form • Letter of Motivation (w/ Study Plan) • Curriculum Vitae • Academic Transcript • Letter of Recommendation • Portfolio • Copy of Passport • 2 Passport-sized Photos (Please use color photos, not black and white)
For the online application click here
You may not apply to an outside program until a completed IEC Semester Away Learning Agreement
has been submitted to the IEC.
Term 1: April – July/August
Term 1 Deadline: October 15
Term 2: September – January
Term 2 Deadline: April 15
Credit and Classes:
Students attending Kyoto University of Art and Design generally take a course load of 3-5 studio classes worth 6-10 credits. These academic credits are worth roughly the same amount of US credits. For students with Japanese language skills, 2-4 more credits of lecture classes may also be taken.
Professors or students may do their best to help you in English, but ALL
classes are conducted in Japanese.
Where students live:
Kyoto University of Art and Design does not provide on or off-campus student housing for incoming exchange students, but the university’s International Center provides a list of trusted accommodation options. Students must secure housing on their own in guesthouses, apartments, or other forms of short-term accommodation.
All students on exchange find accommodation, though it is never guaranteed by the host institution and is fully the student’s responsibility.
Costs to Consider:
In addition to paying MassArt tuition and fees, you should consider the additional costs of studying abroad. You are responsible for purchasing plane tickets, housing, health and travel insurance, food, additional local travel and personal expenses. It may be against visa regulations in your study abroad country for you to work. If you are allowed to work, it may be difficult to to find short-term employment. Be prepared!
Price Estimate of basic goods in Kyoto
Program Fact Sheet
Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship
Kyoto University of Art and Design on Instagram
Student Guide to Japan
This is accurate as of March 1st, 2018 according to the host institution. Be aware that details can change at any time and it's best to get details from the host institution.