Program Fee and Expenses

Program Fee

Tuition is currently 372,400 yen per semester*1. However, the program fee is waived for students participating under an Agreement for Student Exchange with RU. The program fee includes tuition, a bank transfer fee, and a document handling fee. Please see the provided chart for a breakdown of the total costs. Students applying independently are notified of payment details and procedures upon acceptance.

 Program Fee (in Japanese Yen) 
 Program Length TuitionDocument
Total Cost 
 One Semester 372,400 10,000 10,000 392,400
 Two Semesters 744,800 10,000 10,000 764,800  

*1  Fees subject to change.

*2  If the final bank transfer cost is less than 10,000 yen, the difference will be refunded after arriving in Japan.

Living Expenses

Estimated Living Expenses
  One Semester Two Semesters
Housing 100,000 - 200,000 250,000 - 500,000
Health Insurance 9,000 18,000
Personal Liability Insurance 13,500*3 13,500
Academic Insurance 650 650
Local Transportation*4 35,000 70,000
Basic Food 180,000 360,000
Mobile Phone 13,000 26,000
Leisure Activities 100,000 200,000
Total Estimated Costs*5 439,500 - 539,500 928,000 - 1,178,000

Living expenses will vary depending on each student's individual lifestyle, but a list of estimated expenses can be found on this page. On-campus cafeterias provide a wide range of affordable meal options, and numerous grocery stores and markets in the local area make self-catering easy. Other costs to consider are housing, health and liability insurance, local transportation, and leisure activities.

*3 Students staying less than one year will be able to receive a partial refund before returning to their home country after carrying out necessary procedures.

*4 These are estimated costs for students who are commuting by public transportation.

*5 Students are required to join all above insurances. Insurance fees are subject to change.

Health Insurance

Students are required to join the National Health Insurance system while on the Study in Kyoto Program. This insurance covers 70% of incurred medical fees. The annual premium is approximately 18,000 yen. To provide assistance with this payment, the Kyoto City International Foundation reimburses a portion of the National Health Insurance cost to international students living in Kyoto. More details regarding the National Health Insurance system and applicable rebates will be provided during orientation.

Personal Liability Insurance

In order to participate on the SKP, students are required to enroll in some form of personal liability insurance. This insurance should cover claims made against the student in the case that he or she inadvertently injures someone or damages their property in an accident. If students are not already enrolled in such insurance, they can sign up for it through the university Co-op (approximately 1,500 yen per year, excluding a refundable 5,000 yen Co-op deposit). More details regarding enrollment will be provided during orientation.

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