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Doshisha University EXC
Kyoto, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2)
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65%; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
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English, Japanese
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Exchange Semester/Year
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Doshisha University (Dodai)

Location: Kyoto
Year Established: 1875
Student Population: 29,200 (1,400 international students)

Doshisha University, also known as Dodai, is a private university in the ancient city of Kyoto. It is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Japan.

Doshisha University has a unique and unusual history. It was founded in 1875 as Doshisha English School by Protestant educator Niijima Jo (also known as Joseph Hardy Neesima), as a school to advance Christian education in Japan. As a young man, Niijima left Japan for the United States in 1864, despite the ban on overseas travel then imposed on Japanese nationals. He studied at Phillips Academy and Amherst College, and returned to Japan in 1874. The next year, Niijima established the Doshisha School with the help of Canadian missionaries.

Unique Characteristics
Doshisha has two main campuses located in the heart of Kyoto. It is one of the Japanese “Global 30” universities and encompasses 14 faculties and 16 graduate schools, with numerous affiliated institutions including the Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts. The university also offers a variety of scholarships to international students. Doshisha has graduate degree programs in Theology, Letters, Psychology, Business, Global Studies, Law, Economics, Commerce, Policy and Management, Culture and Information Science, Science and Engineering, Life and Medical Sciences, Health and Sports Science, and Social Studies.

Kyoto epitomizes ancient Japan, abundant in temples, beautiful gardens and shrines. It has hundreds of restaurants and is famed for its food. There are almost 1,000 Buddhist temples in the city, which is also famous for its friendliness.

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Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university.

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences






Visual Arts

Health Sciences


Social Work



Exclusions apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Spring Semester: April-September
Autumn Semester: September-March

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


15 credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
A – Excellent (4.0)
B – Good (3.0)
C – Fair (2.0)
D – Pass (1.0)
F – Fail (0)

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English and Japanese. Japanese language classes are available. 
Language Requirement
A minimum of one year's study of university-level Japanese is required.



What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
A mandatory orientation will be held prior to the start of semester.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university. 

Information from the host university.
Information from the Consulate-General of Japan, Sydney.

Student Experiences

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