Located in the historical city of Kyoto, and dating back to 1897, Kyoto University (KU) is the second oldest research university in Japan. Today, as a truly international institution, KU is dedicated to providing a free-thinking academic environment with a global perspective. KU offers a broad-minded and accommodating academic environment where researchers can engage in long-term studies and pursue new frontiers in fundamental and applied science. The strength of its methods is testified by the accolades conferred on our alumni and researchers, notably eleven Nobel Prize laureates, two Fields Medalists and one Gauss Prize laureate. The internationally recognized accomplishments of its researchers owe a great deal to the university's unique approach to education and research, which emphasizes free-thinking, independence and dialogue. Through key degree programmes offered in English, KU invites students and researchers from around the world to join it.