Doshisha University

  • Kyoto
  • Private institution

  • Address
  • Karasuma Higashi-iru, Imadegawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8580 JAPAN
  • Contact
  • Office of International Students, International Center
  • TEL: 075-251-3257 (+81-75-251-3257)
  • FAX: 075-251-3123 (+81-75-251-3123)
  • E-mail:
  • Opening
  • 1875
  • Total number of students
  • 29,322 (1,499 from overseas) as of 2018
  • Fee
  • Admission fee: ¥200,000 for 2019
  • Tuition fee: ¥855,000 for 2019
  • Other: ¥152,000 - ¥305,000 for 2019

Facilities and support programs for international students

  • Scholarships
  • Almost all international students receive from 20 percent to 100 percent reduced tuition scholarships. There are also scholarships offered by the Japanese government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT), Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), local governments, and privateorganizations other than our own scholarships (The average monthly living cost in Kyoto is estimated at about ¥100,000 including rent.).
  • Housing
  • We introduce real estate agencies and offer dormitories operated by the university or other organizations.
    <Comprehensive Renter's Insurance for International Students Studying at Doshisha University>
    Doshisha University has established a system that the university serves as a guarantor for international students who cannot find one.
  • Japanese Language and Culture Subjects
  • In order to support international students to achieve significant results in their studies and research, we offer courses and classes to study Japanese language and culture in depth. In addition, a counseling service, "Office Hours," is offered by full-time staff to provide advice on Japanese language studies to international students.
  • Support from peers and tutors
  • We offer an International Peer Support Program to help international students adjust smoothly to student life in Japan. Doshisha peer supporters give advice on their studies and daily life as well as being their cross-cultural exchange partner. Meanwhile, the Tutor System for Study and Research Support for International Students is for helping graduate international students make rapid progress in their studies and research in their area of specialization.
  • Career support
  • To support students who pursue a career while in school, we offer information materials on employment and companies, vocational counseling, vocational guidance and seminars. Furthermore, we provide various courses for qualification tests and guidance for those who aim to obtain licenses or qualifications.

Education only is not sufficient to make men virtuous; neither intellectual nor moral philosophy is enough for it.

Spirit of Doshisha

Joseph Hardy Neesima, the founder of Doshisha University, disagreed with the rigid system of feudal society in Japan and left the country in search of freedom. After enjoying freedom to the fullest in the free society of America and returning to Japan, he established a highly liberal institution that was based on the Christian principles.

"Intellectual education" alone is not sufficient for personality development. Making a person be "a true man" is only possible when "education of soul" is also provided. This is Neesima's educational philosophy.

Neesima believed that "education of soul" would be offered most effectively if it is based on Christianity, especially Protestantism. The Chapel on Imadegawa Campus is truly a beautiful example of the Spirit of Doshisha.

He was a patriot, but not a narrow-minded one. He was truly an international-minded person. He was the first Japanese citizen to obtain an academic degree overseas. Doshisha University has been committed to international exchanges with overseas universities since its founding.


Joseph Hardy Neesima was a person who acutely sensed the changing times during the turbulent period from the final years of the Tokugawa Shogunate to early Meiji, and acted according to his own judgment of what he should do without fear of the government. After returning from America, Neesima became determined to change Japan through "cultivation of people who use their abilities as conscience dictates" based on Christianity, and for that he planned to create an educational environment that encourages students' independent thinking and actions. The idea to change society through education, and the determination to establish a school pursuing "education of conscience" in particular, must have been considered revolutionary in Japan in the 1870s. Continuing Neesima's purpose, Doshisha University has been devoting its effort to education and research for fostering people who act according to their own judgment of what to do based on conscience, and people who tirelessly pursue their dream or high aspirations.

In practicing human education, Doshisha University puts emphasis on the linkage between education and research and on fostering creativity in individual students. At its basis is our founding spirit, "education of conscience," and adherence to our three educational philosophies. "Liberalism" is to value individuality, "Christian principles" are to respect and love others, and "Internationalism" is to see and understand the world with a broad perspective. Based on these philosophies, we conduct education and research in a liberal environment that respects individuality, producing graduates who play an active role in various fields of society. This is Doshisha University's identity that has been maintained throughout its history.

Takashi Matsuoka
Doshisha University

Student voice

Frida Hedenskog
Doshisha Business School

How do you like studying in Japan?

My classes at Doshisha University are at the Business School and this quarter I'm taking "Business Law," "Knowledge and Innovation Management" and "Strategic Cost Management." I'm very satisfied with all three classes and there are many factors that contribute into making the classes interesting. The two main factors are the experienced professors and the fact that there are students from all over the world with different backgrounds, knowledge and experiences gives an additional dimension. This, together with a small number of students in each class and seminar-style teaching is an excellent combination.

How do you like living in Kyoto?

"You will love Japan and Kyoto" this was the respond that I received from family and friends that had visited Japan themselves when I told them that I was leaving for Japan, and I must say; they were right. So far I love everything about it, the beautiful nature and the vibrant cities, the culture, the food and the friendly people. Japan seems to have everything you can wish for and I was lucky arriving just at the right time to be able to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms.

I'm staying at "Casa Kitayama," one of Doshishas dormitories, located in the northern part of Kyoto close to the Botanical Garden and the Concert Hall. By bicycle it takes about 15 minutes from the dormitory to the campus and by subway, approximately 10 minutes.

Kyoto offers a good mix of ancient and modernity, with numerous traditional temples, shrines and gardens, as well as fashion malls, modern restaurants and trendy bars. This variety and great mix makes the city a never-boring place where you can explore new areas in order to find your own favourite spots and activities. Kyoto’s good location allows you to explore other Japanese cities and within a short train ride you find Osaka and Kobe and Tokyo is just two hours away if catching the high-speed train.

After admission, what are your favorite parts of Doshisha University?
(for study and school life)

The best parts of Doshisha University are the various activities and clubs that you can join. Through these clubs and activities you meet new people and make new friends as well as you get the opportunity to explore Kyoto with local students.

Departments and Faculties

  • School of Theology
  • Department of Theology
  • The history of the Doshisha School of Theology dates back to the establishment of the Doshisha Eigakko (Doshisha Academy) in 1875. Joseph Hardy Neesima, after completing nine years of studies in the United States, returned to Japan as a missionary of the Congregational Church and established Doshisha. The Doshisha School of Theology has the longest history of any theological education and research institute in Japan. It currently has about 300 undergraduate and 100 graduate students, and it has fostered countless specialists in Christianity, including ministers, teachers of religion at Christian schools, social workers and counselors working at hospitals and welfare facilities.
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  • Faculty of Letters
  • Department of English
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Aesthetics and Art Theory
  • Department of Cultural History
  • Department of Japanese Literature
  • If one has a deep understanding of humanity, one will have the courage and resilience to get through anything, regardless of how much society changes. Making the most effective use of the features of its five departments, the Faculty of Letters endeavors to explore the efforts and workings of humanity, whose profound existence has led to the creation of language and culture, as well as thought and history. The "fundamental intellectual vitality" acquired through studies at the Faculty of Letters will undoubtedly serve throughout one's entire life as a source of strength to survive and thrive in society.
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  • Faculty of Social Studies
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Social Welfare
  • Department of Media, Journalism and Communications
  • Department of Industrial Relations
  • Department of Education and Culture
  • The individual demonstrates behavior similar to other people when put in a group. Why? Sociology is the discipline that pursues the answer to this puzzling aspect of society. A society is created by individual people. It is for this very reason that the aim of the Faculty of Social Studies is to maintain a love for mankind in studying the relationship between man and society. Through love, logic, and practical action, the Faculty of Social Studies meets the challenges of the many issues troubling society, such as the declining birthrate, NEET phenomenon, gender gap and social conditions.
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  • Faculty of Law
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Political Science
  • Cultivating the Legal Mind and Professionalism Required for a Future Career in Law
    The Faculty of Law equips future legal professionals with the ability to identify problems in many social spheres and provide a better choice of solutions. Providing "better solutions" demands that one have deep professional insights as well as a legal mind backed by accurate value judgments and a sense of fairness. Obtaining a hands-on education that stresses both of these strengths will open the door to specialist careers in the legal profession, journalism and related fields.
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  • Faculty of Economics
  • Department of Economics
  • Many of the problems burdening modern Japanese society, including those having to do with the public pension system, health care and chronic job-hoppers, involve a complicated array of factors and are not amenable to quick solutions. Students examine these issues and explore paths to their solutions by applying a mixture of theoretical, policy-based and historical perspectives. In the process, they cultivate their formal economic views, powers of logical reasoning, analytical abilities and skills in the use of information technology. This approach is designed to produce individuals with a broad education and vision to assume leading roles in society.
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  • Faculty of Commerce
  • Department of Commerce
  • The Faculty of Commerce aspires to provide the Japanese economy with fresh stimuli by supplying the rapidly changing business community with individuals that display leadership qualities, a strong spirit of challenge and powers of coolheaded judgment. Indeed, this is our vision. Building on the quality education offered by Doshisha University, we prepare students for future careers in business by instilling a strong sense of purpose with hands-on educational programs that stress high ethical standards backed by broad-based perspectives and the sensitivity to anticipate evolving business trends.
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  • Faculty of Policy Studies
  • Department of Policy Studies
  • Equipping Individuals with Problem-Solving Skills Required by Different Segments of Society
    The Faculty of Policy Studies utilizes a diversity of perspectives to study and examine solutions to various local and international issues. Our mission is to equip our students with skills to independently discover and solve important social problems. In a world of diverse values, having the ability to find pathways leading to better solutions for different problems is an asset desired not only by corporations and public institutions, but by all segments of society as well.
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  • Faculty of Culture and Information Science
  • Department of Culture and Information Science
  • Cultivating Specialists with the Ability to Comprehend Culture Using Data and Logic
    In modern society, it has grown increasingly important to understand not only the natural world around us as human beings, but also the cultural forces that support us and our activities. Enlisting the techniques of data science, a field that deals with the proper collection and analysis of enormous volumes of information, the Faculty of Culture and Information Science endeavors to train specialists in the discovery and solving of problems relating to humans and culture.
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  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Intelligent Information Engineering and Sciences
  • Department of Information Systems Design
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Electronics
  • Department of Mechanical and Systems Engineering
  • Department of Energy and Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Molecular Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Department of Environmental Systems Science
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Sights on the World — Fostering Scientists and Engineers Who Are Guided in New Technology Development by the Doshisha Principle of Conscience
    The Faculty of Science and Engineering Program provides a thorough knowledge base in order that students may become capable of responding to the science and technology of the 21st century, with its trends toward segmentation and specialization. The program instills a broad perspective that goes beyond the student's field of specialty, developing engineers who are capable of acting from a holistic view of science and engineering, and of the world.
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  • Faculty of Life and Medical Sciences
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences and Infomatics
  • Department of Medical Life Systems
  • Preparing Highly Educated Engineers and Researchers for the Future of the Life and Medical Sciences
    Interest in medicine, welfare and health has dramatically increased. We have also noticed a strong need for solutions to problems - for example, how to increase our healthy life span and how to lower the huge social burden associated with medical and nursing care-related costs. The Faculty of Life and Medical Sciences was established to meet these contemporary social demands. On the basis of broad expertise in the various engineering fields, we will develop professional researchers and engineers who can contribute to the future of medicine.
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  • Faculty of Health and Sports Science
  • Department of Health and Sports Science
  • Nurturing Capable People Who Can Lead a New Era in Sports and Health
    In order to become pioneers capable of leading a new era in sports and health, students in the Faculty of Health and Sports Science comprehensively and from various viewpoints study both the theoretical and practical aspects of health science, which is aimed at promoting good health and physical fitness desired by contemporary society; training science for improving the skills of even front-line athletes; and sports management for opening up the sports environment to the general public.
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  • Faculty of Psychology
  • Department of Psychology
  • The Faculty of Psychology provides a systematic education of specialized knowledge and skills related to the field of psychology. The emphasis has been placed on the experimental approach for the understanding of the mechanisms of human behavior. In addition to the lecture courses, practice in psychology testing, statistics, and fundamental and advanced experiments are also required for all students. Three courses are offered in the Faculty of Psychology: Neuropsychology and Behavioral Psychology, Clinical and Social Psychology, and Developmental and Educational Psychology, providing students with a broad range of studies in psychology.
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  • Faculty of Global Communications
  • Department of Global Communications
  • The Faculty of Global Communications deepens and expands on the tradition of striving to be on the cutting edge of the academic world as it integrates itself with all facets of society.
    Three courses of study, English, Chinese and Japanese, equip students with valuable language skills and the consciousness of how to adapt, proceed and succeed in the many aspects of the rapidly changing world. With the good knowledge of strategies acquired in the Faculty, graduates are expected to become talented facilitators, negotiators and administrators in the current and still-to-emerge organizations and relationship possibilities in international business, education and culture.
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  • Faculty of Global and Regional Studies
  • European Studies Course
  • Asia-Pacific Studies Course
  • Americas Studies Course
  • "Global and Regional Studies" looks at current world issues from a global perspective with interdisciplinary knowledge of regional culture, history and society. Students in this program will be taking one of the three courses: European Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies, and Americas Studies. Students will be figuring out problems on their own and thinking about ways to solve problems using the language used in each region.
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  • The Institute for the Liberal Arts
  • The Liberal Arts Program (Bachelor of Arts degree)
  • What is The Institute for the Liberal Arts?
    The Institute for the Liberal Arts at Doshisha University represents a coming together of world-class approaches to university liberal arts education. The Institute has a private American liberal arts college atmosphere and educational approach (Doshisha's founder was a student at Amherst College, Massachusetts from 1867-1870 and our institutions are sister schools today). We combine this approach with an emphasis on building partnerships between students and professors in small classes all conducted in the English language.
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