About KICL


The Kyoto Institute of Culture and Language prides itself on it’s tradition of quality. For it’s more than 40 years of operation, the Institute has provided the kind education you can only get in Kyoto to more than 3,000 students from more than 60 countries around the world. Besides studying Japanese, culture, and other academic pursuits, students of the school have the opportunity to meet and interact with Japanese students from other Kyoto universities and participate in joint activities such as sports events.

The Kyoto Institute of Culture and Language is located in the north of Kyoto City. Kyoto is often called the “Cultural capital of Japan” because it was the capital city for more than 1,000 years. The city definitely feels as though it is rich with history, but it is also ultra-modern, with many bleeding-edge technology companies headquartered there. The city is very walkable, and has all the amenities and conveniences of a big city, such as shopping, entertainment, and a huge variety of restaurants and food types to choose from.


 Course  Name  Length  Intake  Focus
Standard Course 6 month semesters, up to 2 years April, October Comprehensive Japanese instruction broken into 7 levels from fundamental to advanced, ensuring that students are always studying at an appropriately challenging level.
Seminar class and school-wide presentation 6 month semesters, up to 2 years April, October Taken alongside the Regular Japanese Course, these seminars provide you with an opportunity to put the skills you acquired in the classroom to use in creating presentations, asking and answering questions, and talking one-on-one with your teacher.
Elective Courses 6 month semesters, up to 2 years April, October You choose from a variety of elective courses that best suit your learning goals. Elective courses include: Kyoto Culture(I and II), Japanese for Current Events (Introductory class also available), and Art and Design Fundamentals Class
Extracurricular Events Throughout the year N/A Extracurricular events include a summer camp, a language exchange program with an elementary school, and sports teams (where you will often play with students from other universities).
Extras N/A N/A Extra opportunities available at Kyoto Insitute of Culture and Language that do not fit in other categories include:

  • Presentations of material learned in the classroom in the schools main hall
  • Culture day to celebrate traditional Japanese culture
  • A language exchange program that meets in a recreational facility or at lunch time
  • Guest lectures from teachers at the Kyoto Institute of Design and Kyoto University of Art and Design
  • Exchange programs with the Kyoto Institute of Design and Kyoto University of Art and Design.
Summer Intensive Course Summer only (2019 schedule: July 20-August 14) 2019 Application Deadline:
From Abroad:  June 20th
From inside Japan: June 10th
Reserve Homestay or Dormitory: June 12th
A 4 week program in which you will be placed in an appropriate level and, through a mixture of in class learning and practical applications, achieve learning targets in a way that can only be accomplished by living in Japan.

Tuition and Fees

Regular Japanese Course:

Entrance Examination Fee:20,000
Entrance Fee: 100,000

Course Length 6 Months 1 Year
Class Fee 330,000 660,000
Facility Fee 25,000 50,000
Extra-curricular Activities Fee 17,000 34,000
Insurance Fees 8,500 17,000
Total 380,500 761,000

Summer Course

Registration Fee 10,000
Class Fee 75,000
Total 85,000

*Please note that this does not include the cost of accommodation.

*Prices are in Japanese yen and are applicable to those who pay in full (only one payment)