Academics

Curriculum

Kyoto iUP comprises a six-month preparatory course followed by a four-year undergraduate program. In the first two-and-a-half years, students develop an essential understanding of core subjects in both English and Japanese, and acquire sufficient Japanese language proficiency to attend specialized lectures and pursue advanced studies in Japanese in their final two years.

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Preparatory Course

Students in the Kyoto iUP Preparatory Course will be provided with

    1. Japanese language classes
    2. Foundation subjects

1. Japanese language classes

We will arrange your course schedule according to your level of Japanese language proficiency.
The Japanese language classes are divided into five levels*: Elementary I, Elementary II, Intermediate I, Intermediate II and Advanced levels.
Each student's level of Japanese language proficiency will be determined based on the results of a placement test which will be conducted before their enrollment in the preparatory course.
In addition, successful candidates are provided with chances to study Japanese before coming to Japan, such as the support for attending Japanese language lessons in your country and self-study support using our e-learning system SAMIDORI.

*Achievement goals to be attained upon completion of each level

2. Foundation subjects

Foundation subjects will be assigned depending on the students' major. These subjects will be conducted in English only. For students who wish to study engineering or natural sciences, we provide subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry etc. For students who wish to study social sciences or humanities, we will provide subjects such as Politics, Economy, World history, etc.

Timetable (example)

Below are typical timetables for the Kyoto iUP students in the Preparatory course.

  • Timetable of the Kyoto iUP preparatory course student in the Elementary level of Japanese language proficiency who is expected to enroll in the Faculty of Engineering

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  • Timetable of the Kyoto iUP preparatory course student in the Advanced level of Japanese language proficiency who is expected to enroll in the Faculty of Engineering

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  • Timetable of the Kyoto iUP preparatory course student in the Elementary II/Intermediate I level of Japanese language proficiency who is expected to enroll in the Faculty of Integrated Human Studies

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Undergraduate Program

In principle, students in the Kyoto iUP Undergraduate Program take courses according to the curriculum designated by each faculty which they belong to along with other Japanese and international students in the faculty. They are provided with

    1. Liberal arts and sciences courses
    2. Specialized courses offered by the faculty
    3. Japanese language classes

1. Liberal arts and sciences courses

In liberal arts and sciences programs, a wide variety of courses, from basic to advanced, are offered in English and Japanese for students in all major fields. Students are expected to learn autonomously, sequentially, and systematically about ways of developing ideas, knowledge and technique. They can choose courses from a variety of categories, including humanities and natural sciences, according to their interests regardless of their majors.

You can find the list of liberal arts courses conducted in English here.

2. Specialized courses offered by the faculty

Specialized courses in each student's chosen major field are provided by each faculty. The number of specialized courses will increase gradually as the year goes up. Specialized courses include not only lectures but also seminars, experiments and trainings in order to acuire specific skills related to their chosen major fields.

For details of each faculty's curriculum, please refer to "Majors and Areas of Study".

3. Japanese language classes

Additional Japanese language classes are provided to further enhance students' Japanese proficiency until they complete the "Advanced" level of classes (It is supposed to be reached by the end of 2nd year.)

Timetables (example)

Below are typical timetables of the Kyoto iUP students in the Undergraduate Program.

  • Timetable of the Kyoto iUP student in the 1st year of the Faculty of Engineering

Liberal Arts and Sciences courses Japanese Language classes Specialized courses

Mon.Tue.Wed.Thu.Fri.
1
(8:45-10:15)
ry Basic Physical Chemistry (quantum theory)-E2
2
(10:30-12:00)
Linear Algebra with Exercises A Calculus with Exercises A Basic Organic Chemistry I-E2
3
(13:00-14:30)
Linear Algebra with Exercises A Mathematical Description of Natural Phenomena Fundamental Chemical Experiments-E2 Advanced Japanese (Report Writing A)
4
(14:45-16:15)
Advanced Japanese (Conversation) Practice of Basic Informatics Fundamental Chemical Experiments-E2 Fundamental Physics A
5
(16:30-18:00)
ILAS Seminar-E2 :Nanostructured Materials Advanced Japanese (Academic Reading IIIA) Advanced Japanese (Academic Reading IA)

  • Timetable of the Kyoto iUP student in the 1st year of the Faculty of Law

Liberal Arts and Sciences courses Japanese Language classes Specialized courses

Mon.Tue.Wed.Thu.Fri.
1
(8:45-10:15)
法学入門 I* Economy and Society II-E2
2
(10:30-12:00)
Japan's Political Economy-E2 政治学入門 I* Human Geography-E2
Western History I-E2
3
(13:00-14:30)
家族と法* Advanced Japanese (Listening) Advanced Japanese (Report Writing A)
4
(14:45-16:15)
Law and Culture in Japan-E2 English R Religion in Contemporary Society-E2
5
(16:30-18:00)
Advanced Japanese (Conversation) Advanced Japanese (Academic Reading IIIA) Advanced Japanese (Academic Reading IA)

*1st year students have the option to take the specialized courses offered in Japanese language if they meet the Advanced level of the Japanese language proficiency.

  • Timetable of the Kyoto iUP student in the 2nd year of Industrial Chemistry of Faculty of Engineering

Liberal Arts and Sciences courses Japanese Language classes Specialized courses

Mon.Tue.Wed.Thu.Fri.
1
(8:45-10:15)
有機化学基礎及び演習 工業化学概論 化学プロセス工学基礎
2
(10:30-12:00)
物理化学基礎及び演習 Intermediate Japanese II (Reading)
基礎無機化学
3
(13:00-14:30)
Cultural Anthropology I-E2
Mathematical Description of Natural Phenomena Japanese History I-E2


Advanced Japanese (Report Writing A)
4
(14:45-16:15)
Advanced Japanese (Conversation) Theories of Justice and Human Rights-E2 International History 1900 to the Present-E2 Revisiting Basic Physical Chemistry (thermodynamics)-E2
5
(16:30-18:00)

  • Visit ILAS Website for detailed information on each "Liberal Arts and Sciences course". Input the name of each course in the "Course title" box to search the sylllabus of courses.
  • Kyoto University Open Course Ware(OCW), open publication of Kyoto University course materials, is avairable for detailed information on specialized courses offered by each Faculty. Click on the "Syllabus" and browse courses or type the course title into the search text box to find the syllabus.
  • For your reference, external link to its syllabus are added on the timetable of 2nd year student of Industrial Chemistry of Faculty of Engineering.
  • For more information about Kyoto iUP studnets' daily life and study, please visit the Blog.

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