Kyoto University spans three separate campuses, all situated within the city of Kyoto. The oldest of which, Yoshida, has been in use since the school’s chartering in 1897. The institution came into being as Japan wished to study Western scientific developments, a legacy that has continued to the present as Kyodai (a shortening of the Japanese Kyoto-daigaku) is one of the leaders in research oriented studies. Consistently ranked as the second strongest institution for higher education in Japan (following the University of Tokyo), its campuses reflect this prestige.
As far as undergraduate programs go, there is only one currently available in English and that being of civil engineering. The first three years of this program are held at the Yoshida campus. The campus is located about six kilometers from Kyoto Station, however it is located very near the center of the city. The university boasts several clubs and sports programs, including recently developed programs instituting international activities, such as lacrosse or baseball. However, traditional Japanese clubs exist, that like Noh theater, as well as events held on campus for anyone willing to join, such as tea ceremonies held in one of the student lounges. Annual events include the November Fair, an event aiming to bring in the local Kyoto community. The night before a bonfire is lit and food cooked that students seem to look forward to it, and in mid-June a concert is held on campus. Kyoto itself is a flat and grid like city and many students commute to school and the dorms by bike with the school providing on campus bicycle parking.
Both the Uji and Katsura campuses are newer in relation to the Yoshida campus, and therefore are arguably more modern. Both house either technological or scientific institutions within the university and pursue innovative ways accommodate those ideals within their layout.
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