About HdB


On April 1st, 1965, Kyoto International Students House (also known as “HdB”) was founded with civilian donations in Switzerland and Japan. The spirit of the House  is summarized in an essay entitled “Principle and Purpose” written by the founder, Dr. Werner Kohler (a professor of Theology in Heidelberg University, who passed away in 1984). Dr. Kohler  named the house as “Haus der Begegnung” in German, which translates to “the House of Encounter”. The “Principle and Purpose” essay explains the unique ideology of the house emphasizing “Life Together” and “Encounter” of students from diverse cultures. Another unique aspect of the House is the presence of two house parents and their family who live under the same roof with residents and scholars so as to provide leadership to the community. The house has a policy to limit the number of residents from  each country; up to one third of the resident population may be Japanese, and the number of residents from each country other than Japan can be up to three. Residents are expected to participate in various house events and  activities, and everyone must sign up for a specific task each semester to contribute to the house community. All residents must attend Common Meals on Friday evenings (twice a month during the semester), house meetings, and other official HdB events.Please visit “Resident Activities” tab above for more information.

One of the key concept of the house, “Life Together”, does not mean merely living together and working together. “Life Together” is life in relation with others, including those who have different convictions and opinions. In other words, “Life Together” means respect for those who are different.  We can choose to agree or to disagree with one another. In appreciation of different values even when one does not necessarily agree, we believe that people from diverse backgrounds gain valuable experience toward true peace, which does not mean merely an absence of fighting.

When may new prospective residents file their applications?

Applications by new prospective resident students for the dormitory rooms are considered during two specific periods each year (around February and July).   If you are interested, please come visit our website around June, 2017. Thank you. 

Event schedule for 2017 Spring

Date Event Start Time
April 8 Welcome Party 6PM
April 15 Sports Day 10AM
April 21 Common Meal 1   6:30 PM
May 12 Common Meal 2 6:30 PM
May 13 Seminar To Be Decided
May 26 Common Meal 3 6:30 PM
June 9 Common Meal 4 6:30 PM
June 10-11 Trip TBD
June 24 Dance Party TBD(unofficial)
June 30 Common Meal 5 6:30 PM
July 8 International Food Festival TBD
July 9 Big Clean Up TBD
July 14 Common Meal 6 6:30 PM