Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, departed Tuesday for Britain where she will study at the University of Leeds as an exchange student until June next year.
While attending the university in northern England, the 22-year-old second daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will take courses in such fields as performing arts and psychology at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, according to the Imperial Household Agency.
The princess, a junior at International Christian University in Tokyo, will stay at a school dormitory while studying in England.
This is her first extended overseas stay since her homestay in the United States in the summer of 2013, when she was a freshman at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. She later quit the school and enrolled at International Christian University, her older sister Princess Mako's alma mater.
The University of Leeds, established in 1904, is a world top 100 university and one of the largest higher-education institutions in Britain, according to the school's website.
Princess Mako, who became engaged to her longtime boyfriend Kei Komuro early this month, studied at the University of Edinburgh in Britain from 2012 to 2013 as an exchange student when she was a junior at ICU.