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Doshisha University Kyoto Japan Exchange Program

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A group of students poses in front of a Chinese building featuring an ornate traditional lantern

At Doshisha University, students find themselves immersed in Japan’s history. The city served as the residence of the Emperor for over one thousand years until 1868, when the Meiji Restoration moved the capital to Tokyo. The picturesque campus, which features a mix of historic and modern buildings, lies directly across the street from the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Students will walk through Japan’s history on their way to classes, and will be able to explore Kyoto’s most famous tourist attractions at their own pace.

The Doshisha curriculum and support services for exchange students are run through the university’s Center for Global Education (CGE) and Center for Japanese Language and Culture (CJLC), which organize area studies courses taught in English, and intensive Japanese language courses. In the CGE Program, students take courses in Japanese culture, society and nature in English. These courses are comprised of both international and Japanese students, giving exchange students the opportunity to have a meaningful intercultural dialogue with Japanese students in the classroom. The CJLC Program offers a dedicated language and culture program taught in Japanese. Students are expected to have one year of prior language coursework on the university level. Students with a sufficient level of Japanese proficiency can also take regular subjects at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Doshisha University’s foundation embodies the spirit of academic exchange. The university’s founder became the first

The Doshisha curriculum and support services for exchange students are run through the university’s Center for Global Education (CGE) and Center for Japanese Language and Culture (CJLC), which organize area studies courses taught in English, and intensive Japanese language courses. In the CGE Program, students take courses in Japanese culture, society and nature in English. These courses are comprised of both international and Japanese students, giving exchange students the opportunity to have a meaningful intercultural dialogue with Japanese students in the classroom. The CJLC Program offers a dedicated language and culture program taught in Japanese. Students are expected to have one year of prior language coursework on the university level. Students with a sufficient level of Japanese proficiency can also take regular subjects at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Doshisha University’s foundation embodies the spirit of academic exchange. The university’s founder became the first Japanese citizen to obtain an academic degree at Amherst College in the United States before establishing Doshisha in 1875. Today, the university has approximately 26,000 undergraduate students, and is considered to be one of the most prestigious private universities in Japan.

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