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

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

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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