Student Life


Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto is fragrant with history and culture. The Kitayama area is especially so, with lush trees and a tranquil townscape fanning out from the Kyoto Botanical Garden. The university is near Kitayama Street lined with stylish cafes and shops, and neighbors an array of cultural facilities, including Kyoto Concert Hall and the Garden of Fine Arts. This ideal setting in Kitayama invites students to meet new friends, learn together, share the experience of studies, club activities, and create a campus life all their own.

Credit Exchange System

Kyoto Notre Dame University is a member of the University Consortium of Kyoto, which incorporates the Credit Exchange Framework Agreement. Together, the 46 member universities in the Consortium offer more than 400 courses. Under this system, students can also enroll in an internship program involving around 200 corporations in the Kyoto area. Kyoto Notre Dame University students may transfer up to eight credits earned at other universities or in the internship program.

Clubs and Organizations

With over 30 clubs and other student organizations, the university supports a wide variety of cultural, athletic, and other activities that enable students to fully enjoy the benefits of campus life.


Various Services

Academic Information Center

The Academic Information Center consolidates library and computing facilities, materials, and services. The library’s collection includes more than 220,000 books, 4,600 periodicals, and 10,000 A/V materials. The online public access catalog supports searching in both English and Japanese.

Catholic Education Center

The Catholic Education Center is a research institute that offers classes, lectures, symposia, publications, and media presentations related to Catholic education. The Campus Ministry holds activities and social events to promote the Christian faith.

Psychological Services Center

The Psychological Services Center is an outpatient clinic that provides treatment and counseling services to children, adults, and families through individual and group therapy. It also serves as a teaching, training, and research center in the Graduate School of Psychology.

University Accommodations


Caroline Dormitory offers a relaxed and secure environment with resident supervisors on duty at all times. Each room is air-conditioned and furnished with a bed, a desk, a chair, and a closet. Shared facilities include bathrooms, kitchens, lounges, and computer rooms. Private rooms are provided for international students at College House Matsugasaki, located near the campus.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar starts at the beginning of April and ends in March. The university offers two semesters of 15 weeks each. Spring semester extends from April until early August. Fall semester begins at the end of September and continues until early February.

Entrance Ceremony Takes place in Unison Hall.

Freshmen Orientation Newcomers will learn all they need to know to get started with life on campus.

Open Campus Visitors can get a firsthand look at extracurricular activities and drop in on professors’ research facilities.

Freshmen Seminar This one-day event brings first-year students together with their upperclassmen, their instructors, and of course each other.

University Festival This annual event is a lively affair that brings together about 5,000 participants.

Christmas Candle Service On campus, this is the most sacred and dreamlike event of the whole year.

Graduation Ceremony At a ceremony marking the culmination of four years of student life, students wear Notre Dame graduation gowns and caps.