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Program Description:

Program OverviewExchange Doshisha

Doshisha university was founded in 1875 as the Doshisha Academy for English studies by Joseph Hardy Nesima. Nesima was known as an internationally minded person, because he was the flrst Japanese citizen to receive a degree from a Western University.

As of April 2013 Doshisha university has grown to include 14 faculties,16 graduate schools, Institute for the Liberal Arts, the Center for Japanese Language and Culture, and the lntensive Japanese Language program "Bekka".  Out of its approximately 30,000 students, about 1,400 are international students from many countries around the world.  Exchanges with overseas universities have also been increasing steadily. Even today, after 139 years of foundation, the founder's spirit of internationalization has remained as a spirit of Doshisha. 

Program Focus

The purpose of the Nichibun progrem is to teach international students Japanese Ianguage and to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture.  Every semester, the Nichibun program offers intensive Japanese Language courses mainly in the morning, Monday through Friday, and these courses are divided into different levels (elementary level, upper elementary level, pre-intermediate level, intermediate level, upper intermediate level, pre-advanced level, advanced level, upper advanced level and high advanced) depending on each student's Japanese ability.

In the afternoon, the program also offers various lecture courses on Japanese language, culture and society, conducted mainly in Japanese and English, lecture courses in international studies which approach various topics from an international perspective, and the Japanese and English Language seminars. 

Through the classes and the extracurricular activities, the program also offers various opportunities to learn Japanese traditional culture, such as calligraphy, flower arrangement, tea ceremony, shrine festivals, etc., by making good use of the location in Kyoto.

Fact Sheet

Education Abroad Advisor Alyse Collins 
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Program Provider PSU Exchange with Doshisha University
Program Dates Fall/Winter Term (September - March)
Spring Term (April - September)
Academic Year (September - September)
Areas of Study
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Business
  • Communication Studies
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Film Studies
  • Foreign Languages
  • Gender Studies
  • Globalization
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
  • Japanese
  • Liberal Arts
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Theater Arts
Capstone Option Reporting Live available Fall and Spring terms.
Credits Fall/Winter:  Students enroll in 24 quarter credits
Spring:  Students enroll in 23 - 24 quarter credits
Academic Year:  Students enroll in 45 quarter credits
Language of Instruction English, Japanese
Host Country Language Japanese
Housing Residence Hall, Independent.  Click here for more details.
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
Minimum GPA 3.00
Language Requirements One year of previous Japanese language study required.
Preferred Requirements Students with 1 year of full-time coursework at PSU
Course Offerings List of Available Courses
Program Brochure Doshisha University Program Information
Additional Information Additional Program details found here

  Program Costs

         PSU Fees                  Program Fee:  PSU Tuition + fees

Program Fee Includes:

  • PSU Tuition + fees

Additional scholarships are available.  Consider applying for a JASSO Scholarship

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.