Founded in 1875 by Joseph Hardy Neesima, the first Japanese Citizen to have completed a degree in a Western country (Amherst College). When he returned to Japan, he founded Doshisha University. Doshisha, meaning "a community created by those who share the same aspiration," he founded the school as a place of education for those who value freedom and conscience. With Neesima's philosophy of "conscience education," the international spirit of Doshisha has remained since its founding, and is continually growing to build partnerships with global institutions of higher education. Doshisha University is renowned as one of the most highly esteemed educational institutions with the longest history and tradition in Japan. Studying at such learning environment where the origin of Japanese history and culture lies provides great intercultural experiences to students. Experience rich Japanese culture in the city best known for it.
Facts & Figures
Founded in 1875
Nearly 30,000 Students
About 1,400 International Students
2,100 Staff Members
Doshisha University is located in Kyoto, Japan on the central island of Honshu. With a subtropical climate, Kyoto and Charlotte have relatively similar temperatures year round. The original city was arranged in accordance with traditional Chinese feng shui. The Imperial Palace faced south, resulting in Ukyo (the right sector of the capital) on the west and Sakyo in the west. The streets of the modern-day city still follow a grid pattern. One of Doshisha's two main campuses, Imadegawa Campus (about 20,000 students), is located in the heart of Kyoto city, north of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and just in front of the renowned Shokoku-Ji temple. The other main campus, Kyotanabe Campus (about 9,000 students), is located on 790,000 square meters of land in southern Kyoto, which includes modern buildings that are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and services.
The ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto, is a city full of history and wonder. This beautiful city is filled with many sights, temples, and locations to visit. Both spring and fall are known for being stunning in Kyoto because of the blooming cherry trees and also the beautiful red leaves in the fall.The city is known as being the "cultural heart of Japan" because of its historical heritages and ancient structures, while also being the home to the headquarters of world famous companies leading Japanese industries.
1. Where can I find out more information about studying at the Doshisha University?
Be sure to check out Doshisha University's website
as well as the exchange program guide
and the Prospective International Students
2. Is airport pick-up available?
Doshisha Volunteer Students will be sent to Kyoto Station to welcome exchange students and guide them to their accommodations.
3. Is there an Orientation for exchange students?
There is an entrance ceremony and orientation session for new International Students upon arrival. Once you have been admitted by Doshisha, documents will be sent along with your Admission Certificate that will explain arrival dates, accommodation, and confirmed information about orientation.
4. How can I become more culturally involved?
Doshisha offers many ways that you can become involved and exchange cultures
with other students on campus.
5. How can I improve my understanding of the Japanese language?
The Center for Japanese Language and Culture (or Nichibun program)
provides international students with effective Japanese language education and Japanese studies. Also be sure to look into the International Community Lounge
, where students can make Japanese friends and meet with other international students while also practicing language skills.
6. What other international students will I be studying with?
Depending on your subject courses, there are about 1,400 international students from around the world
that study at Doshisha University.
7. What is life like as an international student at Doshisha University?
The university provides many opportunities that will help you to adapt to the new culture, however to be better prepared before you arrive, make sure to check out Doshisha's Handbook for International Students
8. What facilities are open to International Students at Doshisha University?
Most facilities are available to exchange students, including sport facilities and the International Community Lounge. For a full list, check out the campus facilities
UNC Charlotte students will first need to complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application in order to receive approval to study abroad. To receive access to an application, students should follow the required steps listed on OEA's website, which outline the application process
under the "Fall, Spring & Year-long Exchange and Affiliate Programs" heading.
Application requirements may include (and are subject to change):
• Personal statement in English
• Personal statement in host country language (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• UNC Charlotte transcript
• 2 academic letters of recommendation
• 1 language evaluation (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• Disciplinary record clearance
• $135 application fee and deposit
Not all requirements may be listed above. Once students receive access to the application, more instructions can be found to assist the student throughout the process. After receiving approval to study abroad from OEA, students will be required to apply directly to the host university. OEA will provide instructions for how to complete this supplemental application after approval. Once the supplemental application is reviewed by the host university, students will be notified of their formal acceptance.
This exchange program is open to currently enrolled UNC Charlotte sophomores, juniors and seniors, with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Students must have had at least 3 to 4 semesters of college-level Japanese in order to participate. All students who participate in a study abroad program are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing upon applying and prior to departure.
Center for Japanese Language and Culture
This program is for exchange students interested in studying Japanese language and Japanese culture in Japanese. Visit the CHLC Program website
for the structure of the program and list of courses. This program is only recommended for high-level speakers, as ALL courses will be taught in Japanese.
Center for Global Education
This program is for exchange students interested in studying Japanese Culture, Society and Nature. The program offers inter-disciplinary all conducted in English, designed for International and Japanese students to foster a better understanding of Japan in a global contest. This is the recommended program for language learners, unless you are a high level speaker. Courses range from humanities and social sciences to the natural and human sciences. Visit the CGE Program website for more information and courses.
You can find a full list of courses offered using the Doshisha Courses Search.
Students will take classes in the following areas:
- Japanese language courses
- Japanese studies
- Japanese culture and society
- International studies
- Japanese culture (calligraphy, flower arrangement, tea ceremony, etc.)
UNC Charlotte Course Equivalencies & Credit
OEA is not responsible for determining UNC Charlotte course equivalencies. Students will work with the corresponding UNC Charlotte academic departments in order to understand what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad prior to departure. The Department Chair of the academic department will determine this (not the student's Academic Advisor). More instructions can be found in the student's study abroad application and will be communicated by OEA once they begin the study abroad process. It's important that students have as many host courses as possible approved by their academic department(s) prior to going abroad in order to have flexibility when registering for courses at the host university. Courses abroad are not guaranteed (i.e. not all courses abroad may be open to international students, some courses may only be offered certain semesters, courses may be full, etc.).
All courses and earned grades from abroad will be reported on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript when they return. Once the official host university transcript is received by OEA, all grades from abroad will be translated into A-F letter grades. This process can take anywhere from 1- 6 months after the end of the student's program. Students cannot earn pass/fail credit abroad (there are very few exceptions to this). Grades from abroad will be factored into the student's UNC Charlotte cumulative GPA.
Please see the following information regarding the typical month range that students can expect to be abroad with this program. Please note that this is a general time frame and could differ per student, per program.
Fall: September to March
Spring: April to August
Due to the academic semesters above, students are able to study abroad for the Academic Year (Fall and Spring) or for the Spring semester only if they would like to return to UNC Charlotte in time for the subsequent semester. Should a student wish to study during the Spring only or Calendar Year, they may be able to apply, but will be responsible for understanding that they will not be back in time for the Spring semester at UNC Charlotte and would have to take that semester off.
Doshisha offers off-campus accommodations that will be available on a first come, first serve basis. You can find out more on Doshisha's accommodation
Make sure to check out Comprehensive Renter's Insurance for International Students
, along with other rules that international students must follow to live in Japan
Housing Application Process
If housing is available on or off campus abroad and if the housing application process is facilitated by the host university, the student will be contacted directly by the host university with further instructions. This will occur after the student has been approved to go abroad by OEA and likely after they have been accepted by the host university. Housing is not arranged for the student by OEA nor UNC Charlotte. All students will have to apply for on or off campus housing through the host university, if applicable and/or available, or will need to secure their own private accommodations (if allowed). Housing is not paid to OEA nor UNC Charlotte. Housing will be paid to the applicable entity (host university, landlord, apartment complex, etc.).
Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. For example, if a student currently lives off-campus and have signed a lease for a year but will be going abroad during that year, they should be prepared to arrange someone to take over their lease or understand that their lease likely cannot be broken without a fee if they go abroad during that time. Similarly, while students are abroad and before they come back, it's important to determine where they will be living when they return from studying abroad.
Tuition & Fees
Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte will bill students for full-time tuition & fees according to their in-state or out-of-state residency rate prior to the start of the semester they will be abroad (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar). Students are expected to be the equivalent of full-time at UNC Charlotte while abroad. This means students should be taking the equivalent of 12 UNC Charlotte credit hours for undergraduates or 9 UNC Charlotte credit hours for graduate students. Students are not also paying tuition and fees to the host university while abroad.
The following are typical expenses incurred by students studying abroad. Students will receive a Cost Estimate Sheet for this university, upon request, when they meet with an Education Abroad Advisor.
- Round trip airfare
- International Health Insurance
- Personal expenses (additional meals, traveling, cultural activities, etc.)
- Application fee
- Study abroad fee
- Visa (if applicable)
Students are eligible to use financial aid towards their education abroad expenses. Make an appointment with your financial aid advisor to ask any financial aid-related questions. Please see our financial aid page for more information.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please see our scholarship website for more information.
All students must have a valid passport before they leave for their program. You can apply for a passport at your local post office or at Union Station
located in UNC Charlotte's Student Union.
OEA is not qualified nor legally able to disseminate visa advice or assist with visa requirements. However, below is basic information regarding visas for this country if you are a U.S. citizen. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a visa before departure if necessary. Please visit the embassy's
website for more information.
You do not
need a visa to enter the country.
need a residence permit if you are in the country for more than 90 days.
- A residence permit is similar to a visa.
- Students should submit their application two months prior to departure. This must be done in person at the nearest consulate.
U.S. Department of State
Please see the U.S. Department of State's
website for more information regarding visas. Once on the travel.state.gov website, scroll to the bottom and choose "U.S. Passports & International Travel." At the top, choose the "Country Information" tab and type the country you are going to. Scroll down to "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements" and read thoroughly. Note:
travel.state.gov will most likely take you to the consulate or embassy's actual website.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Students should not purchase airfare until they have been both approved by the Office of Education Abroad and have been accepted by the host university. The official start date of the program (to include any mandatory on-site orientation or events) and end date of the program (to include the last day of exams and/or any other mandatory events) will be communicated to the student by the host university once accepted.
Office of Education Abroad
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) 256
(704) 687-7747 | fax (704) 687-1661