Doshisha University was founded in 1875 by Joseph Hardy Neesima (Jo Niijima), who became one of the six great educators of the Meiji era. The three educational principles of Liberalism, Internationalism, and Christian Principles have been passed down for as long as 137 years, and students are encouraged to nurture a sense of freedom, independence, and conscience. Located in the ancient capital of Kyoto, Doshisha University is home for over 26,000 undergraduate students and 2,400 graduate students. Doshisha continues to develop as an international hub of higher education and research.
Students who show a good command of Japanese language at the placement test will be allowed to take courses at Doshisha's undergraduate and graduate schools. The courses that can be taken depend on the student's Japanese level. Exchange students are precluded from enrolling in seminar classes and specialized subjects that are only open to students of the respective faculty.
Note: Students wishing to study at Doshisha University must study at the school for a full academic year. The dates for each semester are below.
**If you are a Japanese major or minor, you must contact Dr. Yoshiko Higarashi Education Business Administration (EBA) 323, firstname.lastname@example.org
before beginning the application process.
At least 1 year of Japanese language study required prior to applying.
The Center for Japanese Language and Culture offers courses mostly in Japanese, but the center offers some Japan-related courses in English.
Semester 1 (SDSU Spring Semester): April to July
Semester 2 (SDSU Fall Semester): mid-September to late January
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
To find out which courses are taught in English visit the Doshisha University Student Exchange Program
Housing and Meals
Doshisha University has several accommodations available. Due to a limited number of rooms in each accommodation, Doshisha University cannot guarantee that students can move into the accommodation of their choice.
• Rent: 22,000 to 41,000 yen/month
• We do not provide meals
To learn more about housing option visit the Doshisha University Accommodation
for exchange students.
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
For more information about visa requirement, visit Japanese Consulate
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State