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*Doshisha University

Kyoto, Japan

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Located in the heart of Kyoto city, north of the Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) and just in front of the renowned Shokoku-Ji temple, Imadegawa campus is the birthplace of Doshisha University and has been a historic landmark for over 135 years. The beautiful campus with red brick buildings is surrounded by lush vegetation. Studying in such an inspiring learning environment, where the origin of Japanese history and culture lies, provides great intercultural experiences to students.

The Kyotanabe campus is located in southern Kyoto. Surrounded with rich green mountains, the campus is equipped with the latest technology and advanced information systems. The student population is just over 27,000, which includes 800 international students from around the world.



Students who attend Doshisha University will join the Center for Japanese Language Culture and are required to have a minimum of one year of Japanese at the college level. The CJLC offers Japanese language subjects along with lectures in Japanese and international studies to both international and Japanese students at undergraduate and graduate levels. International studies lectures cover a wide range of academic fields including history, business and media.

Academic Credit

For each semester of academic work completed abroad, you may earn 12 to 15 credit hours. Course credit transfers to MU, but your grades will not appear on your MU transcript and are not figured into your grade point average. Although you are guaranteed to receive credit for successfully completed courses, you must work with your academic advisers to get pre-approval for how the courses you take might fulfill specific degree requirements.


Long considered Japan's heartland, Kyoto is a city that embraces tradition and modernity with ease and elegance. The seventh largest city in Japan and home to just over one million people, Kyoto is a city of ideas with a revolutionary spirit. Having served as Japan's capital from 794-1868, Kyoto is still considered by many to be the country's cultural capital, harmonizing traditional architecture and culture with a technological modern era in art, food, fashion and science. Kyoto's well-known flare for scholarship and dedication to education are evident in the halls of its universities. In fact, the city is home to several Nobel laureates! Visitors can explore Kyoto's many temples, museums, eateries and markets. The city also hosts several world famous festivals every year: Aoi (May), Gion (July), Jidai (October) and Gozan Fire Festival (mid-August).


Program Budget

Additional Expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Program End
Spring 2015 09/22/2014 10/06/2014
Academic Year 2015 02/17/2015 02/23/2015
Spring 2016 09/21/2015 09/28/2015


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser for your program or country of interest.
  2. If you are an MU Student, start an application in using the button below. Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process. Please note:
    • Once you have started an application, you can login again using the myStudyAbroad button above.
    • By starting an application you will incur a $50 application fee, even if you do not complete your application.
  3. Complete your application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials.
    • Signature Documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
    • Recommendation Forms - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically online.
      • Application Certification/FERPA waiver
      • Essay
      • International Center Scholarship Application
      • Recommendation FERPA waiver

Ready to get started? Start the MU application (incurs non-refundable $50 application fee)

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