Kyoto University: Statistics



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#53 of 14,131 In the World
#3 of 5,830 In Asia
#2 of 719 In Japan
#1 of 24 In Kyoto
#1 of 2,235 For Pharmacy
Top10 For 19 other topics
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Acceptance rate
Male:Female Ratio
Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate11%
Admissions RequirementsGraduation from high school or equivalent, entrance examination
Academic CalendarApril to March (April - September; October-March)
Full time employee7,142
Student:staff ratio3:1

We've calculated the 11% acceptance rate for Kyoto University based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

Kyoto University is a world-class research university with 285,516 scientific papers published and 7,065,219 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering, Quantum and Particle physics, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Medicine, and Materials Science.


Kyoto University majors

by publication & citation count

193,281 / 5,555,782
184,371 / 5,368,843
166,188 / 3,797,080
160,743 / 3,570,869
Quantum and Particle physics
120,404 / 2,713,129
Organic Chemistry
114,669 / 3,069,799
111,795 / 3,968,165
Environmental Science
106,108 / 2,308,029
104,856 / 3,000,195
Materials Science
99,674 / 2,353,237
93,811 / 3,370,071
Computer Science
86,311 / 1,941,957
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
63,496 / 1,230,441
62,252 / 1,378,728
Optical Engineering
50,297 / 1,131,847
44,829 / 1,109,168
Geography and Cartography
42,579 / 757,284
41,011 / 902,464
Metallurgical Engineering
40,934 / 1,012,158
39,901 / 1,153,684
35,759 / 830,676
33,548 / 624,709
Nuclear Physics
32,800 / 705,257
31,062 / 571,290
Electrical Engineering
29,504 / 539,677
Astrophysics and Astronomy
27,997 / 627,116
27,890 / 545,426
Physical chemistry
27,206 / 694,744
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
26,741 / 422,490
26,477 / 584,113
Chemical Engineering
25,257 / 730,245
24,856 / 953,642
24,580 / 705,797
23,004 / 631,545
22,876 / 606,256
22,523 / 340,871
Condensed Matter Physics
22,351 / 575,570
21,733 / 567,905
Mechanical Engineering
21,177 / 381,277
Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
19,818 / 391,223

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 3454 34161
1992 3431 36731
1993 3596 37789
1994 3648 41928
1995 3705 46688
1996 4282 49473
1997 4439 54400
1998 4742 62493
1999 5160 70686
2000 5359 78835
2001 5421 88290
2002 6640 100786
2003 6385 112936
2004 6949 126225
2005 7031 143272
2006 7529 156889
2007 7804 175535
2008 7769 185954
2009 8092 208444
2010 8136 225117
2011 8470 249124
2012 8375 265507
2013 8891 282729
2014 9087 293815
2015 9178 304438
2016 9564 316418
2017 9538 326585
2018 9767 352284
2019 9747 384425
2020 10697 432388
2021 10669 482595
2022 9693 482745
2023 9494 469338
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Kyoto University gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program Tuition (per year) Currency
Undergraduate 535,800 JPY
Graduate (Master's) 535,800 JPY
Graduate (Doctoral) 535,800 JPY
Professional Graduate School (Law, Medicine, etc.) 535,800 - 1,071,600 JPY

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Kyoto University.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Hakase African Studies, Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Asian Studies, Biological and Life Sciences, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy

Kyoto University alumni

  1. Tasuku Honjo

    Tasuku Honjo
    Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2018
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    1942-.. (age 82)
    biochemistphysicianuniversity teacherimmunologist

    Tasuku Honjo is a Japanese physician-scientist and immunologist. He won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and is best known for his identification of programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1). He is also known for his molecular identification of cytokines: IL-4 and IL-5, as well as the discovery of activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) that is essential for class switch recombination and somatic hypermutation.

  2. Lee Teng-hui

    Lee Teng-hui
    1923-2020 (aged 97)
    Enrolled in Kyoto University
    Studied in 1943-1946
    politicianagricultural economist

    Lee Teng-hui was a Taiwanese statesman and agriculturist who served as president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) under the 1947 Constitution and chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) from 1988 to 2000. He was the first president to be born in Taiwan, the last to be indirectly elected and the first to be directly elected. During his presidency, Lee oversaw the end of martial law and the full democratization of the ROC, advocated the Taiwanese localization movement, and led an ambitious foreign policy agenda to gain allies around the world. Nicknamed "Mr. Democracy", Lee was credited as the president who completed Taiwan's democratic transition.

  3. Fumimaro Konoe

    Fumimaro Konoe
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    1891-1945 (aged 54)

    Prince Fumimaro Konoe was a Japanese politician who served as prime minister of Japan from 1937 to 1939 and from 1940 to 1941. He presided over the Japanese invasion of China in 1937 and the breakdown in relations with the United States, which ultimately culminated in Japan's entry into World War II. He also played a central role in transforming his country into a totalitarian state by passing the State General Mobilization Law and founding the Imperial Rule Assistance Association by dissolving all other political parties.

  4. Ken'ichi Maeyamada

    Ken'ichi Maeyamada
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    1980-.. (age 44)
    singer-songwritercomposerrecord producertarentomusic arranger

    Kenichi Maeyamada, also known as Hyadain (ヒャダイン), is a Japanese composer, lyricist, and musician. His primary work is composing anime theme songs and for J-pop musicians. He contracts through Supalove, a Japanese record label. He has released a number of anime and video game music remixes, as well as original songs. These remixes have received over 20 million hits on YouTube and Nico Nico Douga.

All 100 notable alumni

Kyoto University faculties and divisions

Centre : African Area Studies African Studies
Centre : Computing and Media Studies Computer Science, Media Studies
Centre : Counseling Psychology
Centre : Cultural Heritage Studies Cultural Studies, Heritage Preservation
Centre : Ecological Research Ecology
Centre : Field Science Education and Research Coastal Studies, Ecology, Forest Biology, Marine Biology
Centre : Fundamental Chemistry Chemistry
Centre : Integrated Area Studies Cultural Studies
Centre : Kyoto University Archives Archiving
Centre : Kyoto University Research Administration Office Administration
Centre : Low Temperature and Materials Science Heating and Refrigeration, Materials Engineering
Centre : Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education Curriculum, Educational Research, Higher Education
Centre : Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research Education
Centre : Radiation Biology Biology
Centre : The Kyoto University Museum Museum Studies
Centre : Wildlife Research Cognitive Sciences, Wildlife, Zoology
Centre : Women Researchers Women's Studies
Faculty : Agriculture Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture, Biological and Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Forestry, Natural Resources
Faculty : Economics Business Administration, Economics, Social Sciences
Faculty : Education Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Sciences
Faculty : Engineering Architecture, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Mathematics
Faculty : Integrated Human Studies Arts and Humanities, Cognitive Sciences, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Information Sciences, Natural Sciences
Faculty : Law Law
Faculty : Letters Asian Studies, Behavioural Sciences, Cultural Studies, History, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Western European Studies
Faculty : Medicine Health Sciences, Medicine
Faculty : Pharmaceutical Sciences Pharmacology, Pharmacy
Faculty : Science Astronomy and Space Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Physics
Graduate School : Agriculture Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Agronomy, Biological and Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Forestry, Horticulture, Natural Resources
Graduate School : Asian and African Area Studies African Studies, International Studies, Southeast Asian Studies
Graduate School : Biostudies Biological and Life Sciences
Graduate School : Economics Business Administration, Economics, Social Sciences
Graduate School : Education Education, Educational Sciences
Graduate School : Energy Science Energy Engineering, Environmental Studies
Graduate School : Engineering Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Architecture, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Natural Resources, Nuclear Engineering, Polymer and Plastics Technology, Structural Architecture, Town Planning
Graduate School : Global Environmental Studies Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Natural Resources
Graduate School : Government Government
Graduate School : Human and Environmental Studies Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies
Graduate School : Informatics Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Systems Analysis, Telecommunications Engineering
Graduate School : Law Law
Graduate School : Letters Asian Studies, Behavioural Sciences, Cultural Studies, History, Philosophy, Western European Studies
Graduate School : Management Management
Graduate School : Medicine Health Sciences, Medicine
Graduate School : Pharmaceutical Sciences Biological and Life Sciences, Biomedicine, Chemistry, Computer Science, Genetics, Pharmacy
Graduate School : Public Health Public Health
Graduate School : Science Astronomy and Space Science, Biological and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics
Group : Agency for Health, Safety and Environment Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, Safety Engineering
Group : Kyoto University Library Network Library Science
Group : Organization for the Promotion of International Relations International Relations and Diplomacy
Institute : Information Management and Communication Communication Studies, Information Management
Institute : Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education Higher Education
Research Division : Advanced Energy Energy Engineering
Research Division : Chemical Research Chemistry
Research Division : Disaster Prevention Research Safety Engineering
Research Division : Economic Research Economics
Research Division : Frontier Medical Sciences Medicine
Research Division : Humanities Arts and Humanities
Research Division : Integrated Cell-Material Sciences Cell Biology, Materials Engineering
Research Division : iPS Cell Research and Application Cell Biology
Research Division : Mathematical Sciences Mathematics
Research Division : Primate Research Zoology
Research Division : Research Reactor Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Physics, Safety Engineering
Research Division : Southeast Asian Studies Southeast Asian Studies
Research Division : Sustainable Humanosphere Natural Sciences
Research Division : Theoretical Physics Physics
Research Division : Virus Virology
Unit : Central Administration Administration

General information

Alternative names 京都大学
Founded 1897
Accreditation Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Motto 自由の学風
Colors dark blue

Location and contacts

Address Yoshida-Honmachi Sakyo-ku
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8501
City population 1,464,000

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