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The website for overseas students has just launched.
The concept is to allow prospective students visits Seika through the website,
Take a walk and look around Kyoto Seika University.


The University of Freedom and Autonomy
In 1968, Kyoto Seika University was established with the aim of creating a completely new higher educational institution to nurture “true freedom” (the spirit of freedom and autonomy). Today, the University has five Faculties, Humanities, Popular Culture, Art, Design and Manga, and the students and faculty members are actively engaging in this creative endeavor.
The spirit of freedom and autonomy provides a framework that enables the exploration of art and culture by encountering a variety of values and welcoming discussions that unfold from such encounters. At this university, it is our hope that each and every student coming from all over the world will encounter new perspectives and participate in this creative process together.



The Graduate School of Humanities covers most areas of research related to humanity and society. In particular, we engage with contemporary issues by looking into cultural contents, such as movies, manga, games, etc., and discuss topics in contemporary society such as community, religion, and gender. At times, students conduct research in collaboration with other schools to gain different perspectives and facilitate fruitful discussions.


Instead of confining students to a narrowly specialized field, the Graduate School of Art aims to balance practice and theory by cultivating wide perspectives and flexible imagination while combining an extensive variety of expressions and media. Aided by expert faculty members and our fully-equipped facilities, students are able to attain deeper knowledge in Painting, Japanese Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics, Textiles, Video and Media Art, and Art Theory.


In addition to Visual Design and Product Design, the Graduate School of Design’s research area includes Architecture, which covers urban planning and housing. Students are able to gain concept and design know-how in each of these fields. Similarly to our undergraduate program, we encourage students to engage with traditional industries and other companies.


Under the supervision of professional manga artists and researchers, students are able to pursue manga practice, manga theory or animation theory. In collaboration with the International Manga Research Center and Kyoto Manga Museum, which are operated by the University, the School of Manga offers the world’s most advanced Manga research environment.


The Faculty of Humanities delves into liberal arts education, especially focused on the three majors of literature, history, and society, to explore the essence and diversity of humanity and society. Combining these three majors with practical programs such as our “KOTOBA Workshop” (writing workshop), social design programs, and field programs, the students learn how to apply liberal arts expertise to society.

Popular Culture

The Faculty of Popular Culture was founded with the aim of establishing education and research in “Popular Culture,” the most familiar cultural environment in contemporary society. It focuses on Fashion and Music as majors, and the students are able to learn practical skills, as well as studying social aspects related to popular culture that have been overlooked until recently, such as how content is “delivered,” and how it is “received” by contemporary consumers.


The Faculty of Art strives to nurture talented creative artists who create new expressions by fusing traditional techniques with a sense of contemporary aesthetics. Students will learn and understand the historical culture of art, notably that of Kyoto, and the diversification of art by studying Western Painting, Japanese Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Textiles, Printmaking, and Video/Media Art.


The Faculty of Design aims to nurture innovative creators who engage in the quest for better life and society through various majors within visual communication, product design and architecture. In today's society, design is increasingly required to embody rich qualities of mind, as well as distinctive physical qualities. Collaboration programs with partners outside the university, such as traditional craft studios and business enterprises, provide opportunities to develop ideas and acquire practical design know-how.


The Faculty of Manga was established as the very first in its field in Japan, to focus on education and research in manga /animation practice and theory. In areas representing contemporary Japanese visual culture, the Faculty strives to foster the next generation of talented creators with digital literacy and an understanding of marketing, enabling them to contribute to the development of the industry as a whole.



KOTOBA Workshop
While receiving quality support from faculty members in a small class environment, we will reconsider the familiar activities of “reading,” “writing,” and “speaking” in Japanese through various practices.
Traditional Crafts Internship
At Kyoto Seika University, we offer the opportunity for students to experience living traditions by joining special training programs at the workplaces of traditional crafts and industries. We encourage students to experience the true meaning of studying art in Kyoto.


First Class Scholarship
In order to enhance the internationalization of Kyoto Seika University, the University offers supportive scholarships and tuition waivers to selected applicants.

Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors
Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students

The Japanese government offers a scholarship reservation program for undergraduate students based on their EJU score.
Although the University scholarship and tuition reduction can not be awarded concurrently or held together with another scholarship paying more than 48,000 yen per month, this reservation program is an exception to this regulation.
Please refer to the details of the scholarship information below.

Accommodation for Overseas Students

One of the common difficulties encountered by international students is finding a place to live. What kind of accommodations do international students actually live in?

Im Sujin / Cartoon Art
South Korea
Area: Iwakura Sakyo-ku
Rent: 30,000 - 40,000 yen / month
Commute: 10mins by bicycle
I chose my place because it was close to campus and I wanted to live in a Japanese style room. I mainly wanted to experience living in a place with Tatami floors. I'm especially grateful because my landlord is nice and the rent is cheap. When looking for a room, it's important to actually visit rather than deciding just by looking at pictures.
Rojakorn Kanket / Architecture
Area: Iwakura Sakyo-ku
Rent: 40,000 - 50,000 yen / month
Commute: 10mins by bicycle
Once I entered university, I lived in Ichijoji but eventually moved to Iwakura. My main deciding factor was the design; I took a liking to the high ceiling and concrete walls of my place. Female dormitories are safe and I also enjoy the company of other international students from China and Thailand who live in the same building.
Karenina Obri / Digital Creation
Area: Shugakuin Sakyo-ku
Rent: 40,000 - 50,000 yen / month
Commute: 15 mins by Eizan railway.
I searched for a place through a real estate agency, introduced by Seika. Although it is a bit far from campus, the design of the building is very nice. Since I've always lived in Jakarta, I didn't want to go to Tokyo or Osaka. Kyoto is an ideal place for me because it's filled with nature and a lively art scene.

International Students Dormitory

In our International Students Dormitory, various programs are offered to enhance understanding of diversity of culture and values. Through sharing a room with a Japanese student, it is also possible to develop understanding of Japanese language and culture.


We advise international applicants to check the application process very carefully and prepare all application materials in advance, as early as possible.

Create “My Page”
Start Application Registration
Complete Application Registration
Make Payment of Exam Fee
Mail Required Documents
Application is Complete
Print Admission Ticket for Exam
On the Test Day
Announcement of Acceptance / Rejection
Enrollment Procedure
‘Kyoto Inspiration’ is a special program providing participants with insights into how Kyoto’s traditional culture has provided a base, nurture and inspiration for innovations in past and present-day Japan’s popular media and arts. Drawing from a wide spectrum of interrelated sources, we build an overview of how ongoing creative, social, aesthetic, spiritual and worldly influences from Kyoto’s past have contributed to shaping present-day popular media and culture, including manga, anime, fashion, and game development.
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