Questions you might havE

Answered before you even ask them! Some might call this the FAQ section.


What does the tuition cover?

There are many costs involved in running KS³ such as the honorariums for the lecturers and materials for the workshops. A lot of the cost is covered through the partnerships, but we want you to contribute to running the program as well.

Why is it so Cheap?

We do our best to keep the costs low through partnerships and kindness of everyone who is coming to teach at the program. We don’t want price to be a barrier for people to be able to join.

Why is it so Expensive?

(We’ve seriously gotten both of these questions) You think so? We don’t think so. A lot of the lecturers and workshop facilitators are coming from cities outside of Tokyo, and some from abroad. We need to cover the cost for their travel and time in order to make this program happen.

Will housing be provided?

No. Being a popular tourist destination, there are no shortages of hotels, guesthouses, short term rentals, and hostels in Kyoto to fit all budgets and needs. We're sure you'll find one that fits your budget and need.

Will food be covered?

For some of the events such as the mixer, there will be food and drinks provided, but you are mostly responsible for your own nourishment. Don't worry, there are plenty of affordable ramen restaurants and student eateries in/near the school.

What can I expect for daily expenditures?

Despite the long surviving stereotypes from the 80s and early 90s bubble era, Japan is no longer an expensive country to visit. These days, the cost of living in Kyoto is on par with similarly sized Western European or North American cities and definitely cheaper than the Nordic countries. For a bed in a hostel, expect to spend between 2000-3000 yen while a single room in a guest house can go for 5000 yen and hotels slightly above that (of course you can splurge too if you have the means). Obviously sharing housing with people will make it cheaper, and in the years past, participants have shared larger AirBnBs to save lodging costs. Cheap lunch and dinner can be had for 300-600 yen though your satisfaction will be higher if you spend a bit more. Transportation within the city is about 200 yen per trip. 1 USD is roughly 110 yen and 1 EUR is roughly 135 yen (or for those mathematically challenged, just lop off two zeros).

Why is the Startup Weekend fee separate? How much will it be?

While the Startup Weekend Module is an integral part of KS³, the organizing body is different and the fees will have to be charged separately. In the years past, we've done our best to reduce the cost (5000~6000 yen) which does include all meals for the weekend (7 meals).

Are flights to and from Kyoto covered?

You wish :). You are responsible for making your own arrangement to come to Kyoto for the duration of the program. There are no airports in Kyoto and the closest international airports are in Osaka (Kansai International and Osaka Itami) which are well connected to the rest of the world. Airports in Tokyo are more than three hours by train and not recommended because of the distance and cost.

Does KS³ provide any scholarships?

No. However, past participants have applied for and found scholarships in their own university or country so we suggest you ask around.

Can I get a refund for partial participation to the program?

No. There will be no refund on partial participation, early withdrawal, or absence from the program.

If I've been accepted and made my payment, but my plans change, can I get a refund?

Except in extreme cases, refunds will not be provided after the payment has been made.

Can KS³ issue visas?

If you need a visa to come to Japan, we can provide the required documents for you to apply for a visa, but it's your responsibility to get one. Do check out the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website.

What's the difference between early and regular application? Is there any advantage to applying early?

Those who apply early will find out earlier if he or she is accepted to the program, giving more time to plan for the summer. Besides that, there is no difference in eligibility or pricing for the two different applications. Sorry, no early bird discount.

Do I get Kyoto Institute of Technology student status or units?

No. Technically, you'll be considered a "workshop participant" and not a student of the university. However, you will receive a certificate of completion from the KYOTO Design Lab.

I'm still new to university without any practical skills for starting a company, can I still join?

Of course! Entrepreneurship, like engineering and design, is another skill for your future, and this is your opportunity to learn.

I don't speak English very well, can I still join?

Sure. However, in order to get the most out of KS³, you should have basic English skills in order to understand the workshops/lectures and be able to do team work.

Do I have to attend all the sessions to be part of KS³?

Yes. Participants are expected to attend all the the sessions unless they have a reasonable excuse (e.g. illness). The certificate will not be issued to those who clearly did not take part in KS³, even if they were accepted.

I'm applying with a friend. How can we make sure we both get in?

We can't guarantee that we accept everyone applying together, but we will take it into consideration. On your side, you can help us out by writing the best application you've ever written :).


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