In accordance with recent reform programs for university education advocated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS) was created to offer education and seminars to promote further internationalization within and outside the university. Education through ILAS promotes specialized courses across the disciplinary spectrum principally for undergraduate students, both domestic and overseas visiting. Since 2013 Kyoto University has provided around one hundred teaching positions to offer content-based classes in English. Newly employed faculty offer contents based English courses both at undergraduate and graduate courses in the university.
From 2015 CSEAS also provides seminars for undergraduate students who study liberal arts and common subjects in English. Three CSEAS faculty teach courses such as cross-cultural communication, human geography, theology, comparative religion, introduction for societies in Asia, introduction for anthropology, and global area studies. From 2017, CSEAS has also started to offer intensive courses for liberal arts and common subjects for undergraduate students. Visiting professors have taught courses such as climate change and its effects on food production in Thailand, the modern history of Southeast Asia, and global history seen from an Indonesian perspective.