Temple University, Japan Campus KYOTO
Your Gateway to a Global Education

For over 40 years, the Japan campus of Temple University (TUJ) has been offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs from a world-class and top-ranked public American university in Tokyo. Now in its fifth decade, TUJ’s recent acclaim and significant growth have opened the door to establishing a new multi-building satellite location in Kyoto. With campuses in Philadelphia, Tokyo, Rome, and now a location in Kyoto, Temple University provides its students with a unique opportunity to study in key cities around the globe.

Scheduled to commence operations in January 2025, the Kyoto expansion offers students an unparalleled opportunity to experience global education in the Kansai region. By opening a satellite location in Kyoto, not only is TUJ elevating its presence on the international education stage, but also TUJ students can experience the advantages of pursuing an American degree in:

  • KYOTO, the imperial capital and cultural mecca that provides a tapestry of unique charm, rich traditions, and a holistic understanding of Japan’s present and past, or
  • TOKYO, the modern capital and dynamic metropolitan city that seamlessly blends technology, innovation, and contemporary trends with Japanese tradition.

With students from approximately 70 countries and regions studying in Tokyo, we currently offer a multicultural and inclusive environment to nearly 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. By extension, TUJ KYOTO will offer much of the same. With courses taught by expert faculty from around the globe entirely in English, you can take advantage of interactive learning while developing critical skills as part of the liberal arts traditions of a top-tier American university. TUJ embraces the spirit, values, and rigor of Temple’s main campus in Philadelphia while fostering a borderless and innovative academic experience in Japan.

Comment from Ambassador Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Ambassador to Japan

“The greatest service we can provide to others is to provide them with opportunity. That is what Temple University has done for decades in Japan: provide students the opportunity of a world-class, American-style education. I congratulate Temple on its plans to open a new campus in Kyoto that will reach up-and-coming leaders in Kansai and western Japan. Our two countries are best when our best and brightest work together.”

Who can study at TUJ KYOTO?

Our strategic expansion into Kyoto enhances TUJ’s footprint in the western cities of Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto, introducing more globally trained students into the Kansai region. It enables TUJ students to take advantage of exciting opportunities in western Japan. TUJ invited new TUJ students to commence their university studies in the Kansai region. In addition, we welcome students from the Tokyo campus and visiting study abroad students to spend time in Kyoto.

Where is the New Satellite Location in Kyoto?

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (Important Cultural Property): Historical Sites Nearby

Kyoto provides a captivating background for academic exploration. Located about 2.5 hours from Tokyo via bullet train and about 1 hour from Osaka, Kyoto is a city of allure and enchantment. It is known for its beautiful landscapes, stunning architecture, delicious food, and friendly people. TUJ KYOTO offers an exceptional chance for students to immerse themselves in a wealth of Japanese traditions, culture, art, historical sites, temples, shrines, tea houses, and more.

Located on the campus of Seibo Jogakuin in Kyoto and former Kyoto headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army (designated registered tangible cultural property), TUJ KYOTO consisting of two large university buildings is just a short 12-minute walk from the famous Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. You can easily reach the campus via the JR Inari station just two stops away from Kyoto Station or the Keihan Fujinomori station just a 4-minute walk from campus.

What academic courses are offered at TUJ KYOTO?

Operating on a flexible 4-day class schedule (Monday-Thursday), our Kyoto offerings will target several different student populations seeking to study in Kyoto for a semester or two including: (i) first year and transfer students; (ii) students from our Tokyo campus; and (iii) study abroad students from the United States and other countries. Of note, students in Kyoto can concurrently take advantage of nearly 100 online courses offered through our Tokyo campus each semester.

For first year and transfer students, you can take advantage of first year writing, math, Japanese, Intellectual Heritage, and General Education courses at TUJ KYOTO. For students interested in a short-term study away experience, TUJ anticipates offering courses that focus on Japan, Asian studies, Japanese, tourism and hospitality, and General Education.

What community engagement opportunities exist in Kyoto?

TUJ specializes in providing students with opportunities outside of the classroom. At TUJ KYOTO, we will have a team dedicated to providing you with pathways to an exciting student life that includes exploration, travel, service, and culture. It is our intent to expand our national award-winning internship program to Kyoto as well.

How can I find accommodations?

Limited university-sponsored housing will be available through the university. Most university students in Kyoto reside in non-university housing such as shared houses and short-term private apartment rentals. Due to the central location of Kyoto, students can also choose to commute from nearby destinations such as Osaka or Nara.

How is Kyoto different?

As Japan’s eighth largest city, Kyoto has been named the “Best Big City in the World” in recent years. It is a base for many high-technology industries and commerce, including the world headquarters of Nintendo. At the same time, Kyoto’s atmosphere is distinct from bustling metropolises like Tokyo.

Kyoto has long been an inspiration for artists, writers, students, and scholars. Its beautiful cherry blossoms in spring, vibrant autumn foliage, and well-preserved historic districts offer a visually stunning backdrop for TUJ students looking to draw inspiration from their surroundings. Kyoto is a very livable and affordable city blessed with charm and magnetism that attracts over 50 million tourists annually. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and blessed by serene gardens and scenic landscapes, Kyoto can provide a peaceful escape. Its commitment to preserving Japanese culture allows TUJ students to engage deeply with authentic practices.

Join Us on this Exciting Journey

We invite you to be part of this extraordinary journey at TUJ, where education and engagement know no borders. Apply now and embark on a global adventure with Temple University either in Kyoto or Tokyo. As TUJ takes its next leap forward by expanding into Kyoto, you have the unparalleled opportunity to dive into an international environment while immersing yourself in innovative concepts, cutting-edge approaches, and historical traditions.

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Temple University, Japan Campus KYOTO

(It will be opened in Seibo Jogakuin, Fujinomori Campus in January 2025)

4-minute walk from Keihan Line "Fujinomori station" to "University Entrance"