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Entry Requirements

Ideal Candidates

Students who are self-directed learners, effective communicators, internationally-minded and meet the eligibility requirements should apply.

Internationally-Minded Students

Students who are enrolled in the final two years of a senior secondary curriculum and have the English ability as well as the goal of post-secondary study at a UK university are ideal candidates for the programme. The UOL IFP at KIU may allow such students to switch from their current curriculum without repeating a year.

Internationally-Minded Graduates

Students who have graduated from secondary school and may have missed the grades or minimum requirements to pursue further studies at their desired UK universities may wish to explore an alternative route that will qualify them to re-apply. In this case, the UOL IFP at KIU may be a good fit.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the UOL International Foundation Programme at KIU, 
students will need to have met the following criteria.


17 or above

Students applying to the programme will need to be 17 by December 31, in the year of registration.


Japanese high school

(or an acceptable international

Graduates must pass at least 4 separate subjects in the final year of Japanese schooling at grade 2 or above (or an acceptable international equivalent*).

*acceptable international equivalents can be found at the
University of London International Foundation Programme website

Incomplete Japanese
high schooling

Students currently studying the (Japanese) Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate who have completed their first two years will also be considered provided they have achieved an overall grade average of at least 4 from all subjects taken.

Math Requirement


Students must have a passing grade in Pre-Calculus. For students applying from Japanese high schools. a Math Diagnostics Test can be taken.

English Requirement

IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 75

Students need to demonstrate fluency in academic English.
(IELTS) International English Language Testing System when an overall score of at least 5.5 is achieved with a minimum of 5.0 in each sub-test.
(TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language overall score of 75 or above with at least 18 in both Reading and Writing Skills sub-tests and at least 16 in both Speaking and Listening sub-tests.

How to Register

To register for the UOL IFP, students must first receive acceptance from Kyoto International University, who will select students according to school grades, interview, spoken/written English and math ability. Exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

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