Kyoto Institute of Culture and Language

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Kyoto Institute of Culture and Language
  • Recommended for Westerners

    The school’s curriculum has accounted for students who need more time and support to learn Kanji, etc.

  • Wifi Available

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  • Higher Education Counselling

    This school provides specialized counseling to prepare and apply to colleges and universities after graduation.

  • Dormitories Available

    This school introduces affordable shared living spaces.

  • Apartments Available

    This school introduces private apartments.

  • In-School Activities

    This school organizes regular interactive & cultural activities in the school.

  • Out-of-School Activities

    This school organizes out-of-school day-trips, excursions and events throughout the year.

  • Student Lounge

    Space outside of the classroom is available for students to interact casually and/or study.

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School Introduction

At Kyoto Institute of Culture & Language, which was founded in 1969, we seek to provide a place to experience Japan. Our classes and grade promotion systems are assigned by students' learning level proficiency and students have many educational activities outside the classroom. We treasure the interactions with students and Japanese, locals, and international students from the world balcony. We utilize educational assets at Kyoto University of the Arts and Kyoto Institute of Design to allow students experience and understand Japanese culture. 

Total Number of Students: 277
Class Size: 15
School Staff Support Languages: English, Chinese
Enrolment Terms: April, October
Minimum Course Duration: Short Term: 4 weeks / Long Term: 2 years

Main Features

Learn useful Japanese for various purposes
The school offers a promotion system organized by levels according to learning proficiency and educational activities that extend beyond the classroom. You can learn Japanese for academic, professional, or personal goals.
Scholarships available
The language school offers 3 students a scholarship of 50,000 yen. Furthermore, MEXT also offers scholarships monthly for students with good performance.
Build a network with people from all around the world
The school has students from over 80 countries and regions who share a campus with Kyoto University of Arts and Design. You can interact with Japanese students and local people through various exchange programs.
Experience Japanese culture in Kyoto
The school provides opportunities to experience various aspects of Japanese culture through culture experience programs. You can also utilize the educational assets of the university, such as its theater and gallery.
Receive full support for your future plans
The school has a dedicated staff who will assist you with your career guidance, university entrance exams, JLPT preparation, visa application, and other procedures. The school also offers internship opportunities for students who want to gain practical experience.

School Location

Kyoto Institute of Culture and Language is located in Kyoto, facing the Shirakawa street and is only a 15-minute walk away from the Ginkakuji Temple & Philosopher’s Walk.

The former capital of Japan, Kyoto, is often referred to as “city of students”, because it is a center for culture and learning.It is the birthplace of many traditional arts such as the art of flower arrangement called Kado or the tea ceremonies that are called Chado.


Nearest Stations:

Kamihatecho / Uryuyamagakuen Kyoto Geijutsudaigaku-mae (Kyoto Univ. of the Arts) Bus Stop (5-minute walk)
Chayama Station (14-minute walk)

Available Courses

  • General Japanese - Long Term
  • Summer Intensive Course - Short Term

General Japanese - Long Term

Course Description

The General Japanese Course is a 2-year program and offers classes for students that can already read and write hiragana and katakana and have already completed 12 or more years of school education. This course offers electives in fields such as cultural studies, job hunting preparation, university/vocational college entrance exam preparation and many more.

  • 1

    2-year course (To enroll in this course the ability to read and write Hiragana and Katakana is required.)

Enrolment Periods & Duration


Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
April 2 years Mid July

Early November

October 2 years Mid January

Late May


Morning and afternoon classes:

  • Morning classes are held from 9:00 to 12:30 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 13:30 to 15:10 (Tuesdays)


Elective classes:

  • Elective classes are held from 13:30 to 15:10 (Mondays and Thursdays)
  • Elective classes are held from 13:30 to 17:00 (Wednesdays and Fridays)

Course Features & Electives


    Focus on 4 basic skills in the regular Japanese curricula classes: Reading, writing, speaking and listening


    Learn practical Japanese in the seminar and learn how to make presentations in Japanese


    This elective focuses on the N2~N1 preparation, which is useful for the job hunting


    Students learn manners and important terms for job hunting in this elective


    Learn how to understand the culture through daily life related classes and trough history education


    Preparation class for the entrance exam of the Kyoto University of Arts (also useful for other universities or vocational schools)

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
6 Months ¥330,000
1 Year ¥660,000



Other fees
Facilities ¥25,000 (6 months)
¥50,000 (1 year)
Screening fee ¥20,000
Enrollment fee ¥100,000
Textbooks ¥16,500 (6 months)
¥33,000 (1 year)

¥17,000 (6 months)

¥34,000 (1 year)


¥8,500 (6 months)
¥17,000 (1 year)

Because our counselling service is free,
the tuition fees listed here will be the same as the school’s original tuition fees.

Summer Intensive Course - Short Term

Course Description

This Summer Intensive Course takes 4 weeks and is designed for students of various levels from students that have no previous language study experience to students that already reached N3~N2 level.

Enrolment Periods & Duration

Intake Duration Application Deadline
Late July 4-week

Mid May~Mid July*

* Different deadlines for demonestic/overseas applicants and those who wish to stay at the dormitory


Morning classes:

  • Morning classes are held from 9:00 to 12:30 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives


    Focus on 4 basic skills in the regular Japanese curricula classes: Reading, writing, speaking and listening


    Learn Japanese in the classroom and use it during out-of-school activities


    Students experience exciting activities such as observation tours and culture experience programs

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
4 Weeks ¥90,000



Other fees
Enrollment fee ¥100,000
Medical Support Service ¥2,000
Textbooks ¥5,000

Because our counselling service is free,
the tuition fees listed here will be the same as the school’s original tuition fees.

Student Demographics











Hong Kong




North-central-south america




Our Free Services

We aim to support all students who are interested in coming to Japan to study & live.
For this reason, we provide all of these services at not cost to you.
  • School & Visa
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  • Free Japanese
    Language Lessons

  • Accommodation

  • 24-Hour
    Emergency Assistance

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