Kyoto Seika University (KSU)

Kyoto Seika University is located amid the green northern hills of Kyoto, which remains the heart of Japan, rich in cultural traditions spanning more than 1,200 years. Founded in 1968, KSU currently has over 3,000 students in undergrad and graduate programs in Faculties of Art, Design, Manga, Humanities, and Popular Culture.


Global Exchange School
  • Kyoto, Japan

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

April — July

Fall Semester

October — January

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Architecture
  • Film/Animation/Video
  • Illustration
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles

Exchange Website
University Website
Fact Sheet
Exchange Courses
Academic Calendar
Housing Information

Spring Semester Application Deadlines
RISD Deadline: Nov 7, 2019
School Deadline: Nov 15, 2019
Fall Semester Application Deadlines
RISD Deadline: Mar 29, 2020
School Deadline: Apr 15, 2020
Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • Japanese

No English instruction

About KSU

Academic Credits

Seika utilizes their own credit system to award academic credit for coursework. For transfer to RISD, 1 Seika credit is generally equivalent to 1 RISD credit.


Design courses and Animation require adequate Japanese language proficiency. Seika can usually designate an academic supervisor who speaks English to assist students.

Apply for Global Exchange & AICAD

Ready to Apply? Applications for Fall 2020 Global Exchange and AICAD Exchange are now open! Deadlines vary per partner school and are listed on each partner school's page.
If your host school is an Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design Exchange partner (typically based in North America), apply to RISD Global by March 10.

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1:1 Advising Session

Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for a 1:1 advising session. We can give you more information about your study options, help you figure out which program makes sense for you, and assist you with the application process.

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