The diversity of international education has been an integral part of Kyoto Notre Dame University since it was founded. The purpose of international education at Kyoto Notre Dame University is to support and promote the global dimension of the university’s educational goals by implementing programs and outreach activities that foster cross-cultural learning, appreciation, and cooperation. The International Education Office coordinates a wide range of study abroad programs as well as admissions and support services for international students.
Study Abroad Programs
The university offers various study abroad programs for academic credits. About 100 students study abroad every year in more than 15 programs, including reciprocal exchange programs with affiliated universities and specially designed short-term programs for specific purposes. Some of the major study abroad programs and the affiliated universities are described below.
Academic Exchanges and Programs for Visiting Students
Notre Dame has agreements with affiliated universities aimed at promoting reciprocal exchanges. This allows the university to offer one-semester or one-year programs to visiting undergraduate and graduate students. The university has cooperative agreements with the Catholic University of Korea (Korea), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Vietnam National University–Ho Chi Minh City–University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Vietnam), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (China).
Academic Exchange Programs with US Sister Universities
To provide opportunities for students to enrich their educational experience by studying abroad, the university offers one-year credit exchange programs with three affiliated sister universities in the United States: Notre Dame of Maryland University (Maryland), Mount Mary University (Wisconsin), and Regis College (Massachusetts).
Short-Term Overseas Programs for Specific Purposes
Short-term overseas programs are offered during summer and spring holidays at affiliated universities around the world. Intensive language and culture programs are conducted in Australia, Canada, Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States, along with internship programs offered in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. In addition, credited educational tours during holidays give students rich experiences, such as food culture (Italy), social welfare (Denmark).
Accredited Semester Abroad Programs
Undergraduate students can take part in Accredited Semester Abroad Programs—intensive English-language training and cultural exchange programs that run for a minimum of one semester to a maximum of one year. These programs are also offered to students in the English Department’s Global English Course. Language coursework at the affiliated universities is converted into academic credits at Kyoto Notre Dame University. Partner universities include Notre Dame of Maryland University (US), University of California, Davis (US), Western Michigan University (US), University of Hawaii at Manoa (US), University of Leeds (UK), University of Regina (Canada), Monash University (Australia), Australian Catholic University (Australia), Macquarie University (Australia), University of Auckland (New Zealand), and Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand).