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The city of Himeji, Japan seems to explode with pink cherry blossoms on a sunny day.

Program at a Glance

Doshisha University

Country or area Japan
City Kyoto
Class Level So, Jr, Sr, Gr
Experience Type Language
Minimum GPA 2.5
Term Spring Semester
Taught In Japanese, English
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

Acquire well-balanced language skills as you live and study among the temples, shrines, and other historic sites in Kyoto, Japan’s former capital city. This is a Japanese immersion study experience like no other, and it's appropriate for all levels. In addition to the Japanese language study experience, you will take courses on Japanese society and culture (anime, manga, and ikebana) to enrich your understanding of traditional and modern Japan. Most students advance at least a semester in their language skills; some advance a full year of Japanese language ability.

Where you'll study

Doshisha University considers internationalism one of the pillars of its mission. The Center for Japanese Language and Culture offers classes at the Imadegawa campus, located downtown near the Kyoto Imperial palace. The university has created a large network of universities abroad and welcomes international students, offering support services and resources. A Global Village lets students consult study coordinators, speak foreign languages outside of Japanese, and see overseas broadcasts and newspapers. Recognizing the quality of the language education, the Japanese government has accredited the center's programs.


Optional field trips and activities to introduce the local culture are available through your host university. Most events are free or discounted, but some come with an additional cost not included in UCEAP fees.

<p>Guided tours by local students exploring Kyoto's food and culture</p>

Guided tours by local students exploring Kyoto's food and culture

<p>Explore the wonders of the Fushimi Inari Shrine's 10,000 gates</p>

Explore the wonders of the Fushimi Inari Shrine's 10,000 gates

<p>Watch a samurai theater sword performance</p>

Watch a samurai theater sword performance

<p>Attend a Japanese tea ceremony</p>

Attend a Japanese tea ceremony