Kyoto Seika University (KSU)

Kyoto Seika University is located in the green northern hills of Kyoto, Japan, which is 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
Housing Information

Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • Japanese

No English instruction

About KSU

Departments and Courses


You may apply for one specific course/department, relevant to your major. Only those departments listed as "Art" below allow students to select electives from other departments.

  • Art: Oil Painting, Japanese Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Textiles, Printmaking, Video & Media Arts
  • Design: Graphic Design, Illustration, Digital Creation, Product Communication Design, Interior & Goods Design, Fashion, Architecture
  • Manga: Cartoon Art, Comic Art, Animation, Character Design, New Generation Manga
  • Popular Culture: Fashion, Music

* Japanese Painting only accepts students with a strong background in traditional painting.


Exchange students generally take 3 studio classes (as a major) and one or two electives. KSU's minimum full-time requirement for Seika's 3rd-year students is one studio class and two electives. They are more flexible in the case of exchange students.

Refer to the Fact Sheet for courses available.

    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.


    For a successful exchange study experience, KSU recommends having at least basic Japanese language ability. No specific test score is required, but they strongly advise studying Japanese for one semester or more before arrival. This will make a big difference to your experience, on- and off-campus.

    English-language support is good in most Art departments, fair in Manga and Popular Culture, but limited in Design, except in Architecture.

    Japanese course

    A weekly Japanese language class is provided free for exchange students by a qualified
    tutor (usually one-to-one); no formal credits are given for this in Seika transcripts as it is extracurricular.

    Apply for Global Exchange & AICAD

    The entire application process will be completed using an online application portal. Apply the semester before you plan to attend.

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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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