Doshisha University

Doshisha University
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
Academic YearMar 15Sept 15Aug 8Budget
SpringOct 25Apr 1Aug 8Budget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, Japanese
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Exchange
Program Overview

Doshisha University provides a unique experience to study in the ancient capital and embrace the rich Japanese culture. Kyoto offers an exciting blend of traditional and modern cultures and a great environment for both studying and living.


Doshisha University offers two programs for exchange students:

1. The Center for Global Education (CGE) offers inter-disciplinary courses all conducted in English designed for international and Japanese students to foster a better understanding of Japan in a global context. The Center’s program provides in-depth learning opportunities in different fields ranging from the humanities and social sciences to the natural and human sciences. Japanese students also attend courses offered by CGE. By studying together in a small and interactive class, exchange students and Japanese students can have more opportunities to have meaningful contact with one another, and benefit from the diversity of perspectives that are represented and shared in the classroom. In this way, the Center offers a unique space for academic collaboration between international and Japanese students that is intended to foster a dynamic academic environment. Exchange students from English-speaking countries, or whose English proficiency proves equivalent to a native-speaker may also enroll in courses offered by The Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA) after consideration. ILA courses are also conducted in English at a native level and focus mainly on Japanese culture and society. However, requests to register for ILA courses may not always be granted as many ILA courses have limited space for enrollment. CGE students are also permitted to enroll in Japanese language courses in accordance with their Japanese proficiency. The main purpose of the Japanese language courses for students of CGE is to allow them to understand the elements of grammar and acquire basic conversational abilities. 

2. The Center for Japanese Language and Culture (CJLC) is for exchange students who have taken a minimum of one year’s study of Japanese at the college level prior to the time of application and are interested in studying Japanese language and Japanese culture in Japanese. Japanese language courses” are divided into 9 different levels: elementary, upper elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate, pre-advanced, advanced, upper advanced and high advanced. Class allocations will be made on the basis of the Japanese Placement Test (written and interview) taken after arrival. A wide range of "Japanese courses in Japanese studies" on Japanese language, culture and society and "lectures courses in international studies", as well as "Japanese and English language seminars" are scheduled in the afternoon. Several subjects provide students with the opportunity to learn Japanese traditional cultures through classes and off-campus learning: calligraphy, flower arrangement, tea ceremony and Shrine festivals, by making excellent use of our location in Kyoto.


Doshisha University is located in the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto. Kyoto offers an ideal mixture of modernity and tradition, with a number of temples and shrines, various Japanese traditional heritages and stunning nature. Imadegawa campus at Doshisha University is located in the center of Kyoto, situated next to Shokoku-ki temple, overlooking the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Kyoto is known as "the cultural heart of Japan".


Doshisha University provides a single room. Exchange students need to submit the application form with a number of preferred dormitories selected from a list. In case a student is arranging accommodation by himself/herself, the student shall inform the Office of International Students as soon as possible.

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