School fees 2020-2021

School fees (Valid August 2020 - June 2021)

As KIST is not eligible to receive funding from the Japanese government, it relies almost entirely on annual school fees to cover operating expenses. In order to cover rising world costs, personnel expenses for annual staff salary increases and the like, tuition fees are adjusted annually. Where further unforeseen adjustments are necessary due to sudden cost changes, significant changes to educational policies and the like, notification will be given as far in advance as possible.

All fees on this page are indicated in Japanese yen.

Type of fee Grades Amount  When paid 
Application Fee Non- refundable All grades 20,000 Upon application
Enrollment Fee 300,000
(Re-enrollments: 60,0001)
When first admitted to KIST
Capital Fee 600,000
(Re-enrollments: 120,0001)
Tuition Fee 2,100,000  Annual 
Building Maintenance Fee 100,0002
Community Association (CA) Fee (per family) 2,000
IB Diploma Examination Fee Grade 12 only 160,000 September 15: 80,000
December 15: 80,000
IGCSE Examination Fee Grades 9 and 10 only Amount varies3  With first payment installment
iPrimary Examination Fee Grade 5 only
iLowerSecondary Examination Fee Grade 8 only
ISA Examination Fee Grade 3 - Grade 9 only
Camp Fee Grades 5, 7, 9 and 11 only Amount varies4
Program Progression Fee Grades 1, 6, 9 and 11 only 3,000

1. Reduced rate for students re-enrolling at KIST within three years of the previous date of withdrawal.

2. Will be reduced for students first enrolling from April.

3. Costs for official tests from overseas organizations fluctuate according to exchange rates.

4. Rate varies depending on the destination.

Refund policy

The Application Fee and Enrollment Fee are non-refundable. Tuition and general fees (i.e. Capital Fee, Building Maintenance Fee and Community Association Fee) will be refunded if enrollment is cancelled via e-mail notification prior to the first day of school (Japan time). Fees will not be reduced or waived due to a student’s absence from school for medical or other personal reasons. Furthermore, refunds are not provided for instructional days lost due to reasons beyond the school's control. In particular, this applies to school closures due to extreme weather conditions, natural forces (earthquake, fire, flood etc.), human disasters such as terrorist attacks, public transportation service operation problems, strikes, epidemics, pandemics or other similar situations.


Fees for the school bus are refundable on a monthly pro-rata basis for the payment period remaining from the following month after the service is last used.


The school lunch service is provided through an independent, privately-owned and operated company that is separate from the school. Fees for the school lunch service are non-refundable as produce is ordered in advance for the full lunch period of each lunch session. This includes situations when lunch is not eaten due to absence from school, excursions, camps, school closures and withdrawals before the end of the lunch session.


The cost of school uniforms and other personal materials purchased at school can be refunded only if the items are returned within a week of purchase and have not been worn or used. The wrapping bag must also be returned with the items in order to receive a full refund. Please note that we cannot accept returns or exchanges of items that have been opened. All other fees are non-refundable.


For situations where school fees are paid by an employer, refunds will be made to the employer only, not to the individual family.