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Application qualification and process for Exchange Students

1. Qualification

Students who receive nomination by home institution in accordance with the exchange agreements
A list of partner institutions: List of Overseas Partner Institutions

Applicants for the Center for Japanese Language and Culture are required to have a year-long study in college-level Japanese language at the time of enrollment, or the equivalent.
Applicants whose first language is not English for the Center for Global Education are required to prove B2 level or higher in CEFR in English.

2. Nomination and Application Period

The estimated date of issuing the “Admission Certificate” may be subject to change depending upon applicant’s submission dates.

 Nomination DeadlineSubmission DeadlineSelection PeriodNotification of Result
Spring semester
End of SeptemberEnd of OctoberNovember - DecemberDecember - January
Fall semester
End of FebruaryEnd of MarchApril - MayLate May

3. Nomination

  • Call for nomination is e-mailed twice a year (in late December to early January for the fall semester intake and in mid August for the spring semester intake).

  • Prescribed Nomination Form must be uploaded to Doshisha's OneDrive from the URL provided in the e-mail of the call for nomination.
(The nomination must be made by a program coordinator)
※ If partners normally use Office 365, please open different browser than using Office 365, and copy & paste the URL.
After reviewing the uploaded nomination form, URL for uploading application materials will be provided, along with instructions and notes.

  • Uploading the application materials must be made by a program coodinator (Direct application from applitans are not acceptable. Therefor, please refain from sharing the URL with applicants.)

4. Documents to be submitted

※All documents (excluding the prescribed forms) must be written in either Japanese or English.
※Application materials must be convert to PDF by scanner or photocopier.
(DO NOT use PDF scan app of smartphoe. DO NOT photograph application materials to avoid light reflection and distortion or blurring of documents etc..)

*Students who would like to join the Center for Japanese Language and Culture (hereinafter reffered as CJLC applicants)
*Students who would like to join the Center for Global Education (hereinafter reffered as CGE applicants)

Application forms (prescribed forms: 3 pages)
Motivation Letter
*CJLC applicants: Handwriting in Japanese (prescribed form)
*CGE applicants: Typing in English (Free-format)
Proficiency in Japanese (prescribed form)
*CJLC applicants: Mandatory
*CGE applicants: Only those who have experience studying Japanese
English Language Certificate (prescribed form)
*CJLC applicants: No need
*CGE applicants: Mandatory including native English speakers
Questionnaire on Japanese Proficiency (prescribed form)
*CJLC applicants: No need
*CGE applicants: Mandatory
Health Certificate (prescribed form)
Academic transcripts issued by the applicant’s home institution
One ID photo (a photo should be pasted on the application form)
(taken within 3 months, color, 4cm×3cm, full-faced, uncapped, a plain background)
* snapshots, digital photos, or color copied photos are unacceptable
* Please do not use the same photos of the passport
A copy of Passport (The page containing the applicant’s name and photo)
* Applicants who are dual citizenship in Japanese and another, please submit Japanese passport and an official document showing applicant’s name in Kanji.
* Applicants who hold Japanese citizenship are required to submit a family register and a supplementary family register when registering as a resident after arriving in Japan, so you are adivsed to prepare these in advance.
Application form of Accommodation (prescribed form)
JASSO Scholarship Application form (prescribed form)
Documents certifying financial ability.
The following documents are necessary to apply for a "Certificate of Eligibility" (living expenses: at least 100,000JPY/month)
<Expenses paid by the applicant>
  • Bank account balance statement in the applicant’s name
<Expenses paid through scholarship/grant or student loan>
  • Prescribed Certificate of scholarship/student loan
<Expenses paid by the applicant’s family members, or relatives>
  • Prescribed form for “Statement of Expenses Payment” filled out by the guarantor
  • Bank account balance statement of the guarantor
  • Certificate of Employment of the guarantor
  • Certificate of Yearly Income of the guarantor

5. Screening

Staff of the Office of International Students will first review documents to ensure that your application is complete. After the review at the Office of International Students, the Committee of CGE or CJLC approves the official acceptance.

6. After being admitted

The Office of International Students will send accepted applicants 'Admission Certificate' and detailed instructions on coming to Japan. After 'Certificate of Eligibility' is issued, our office will send the certificate and other necessary documents (dormitory information etc.) to the coordinator of your home institution. Students are required to complete the following procedure to obtain a student visa immediately upon receiving the documents.

Student Visa procedure
Doshisha University will apply for a 'Certificate of Eligibility' on behalf of the applicant. We will send it to the coordinator of the student’s home institution as soon as it is issued. Plese bring the 'Certificate of Eligibility' to the nearest Japanese Embassy / Consulate to obtain a 'Student (Ryuugaku)' visa before the given deadline.
*You cannot apply for your student visa in Japan. Please complete obtaining your student visa before you depart for Japan.

7. Arrival ~ Admission (Guide service / Orientation)

Students are requested to arrive in Japan on the date appointed by Doshisha University. Students are able to move into the accommodation upon arrival.
Doshisha Volunteer Students will welcome exchange students at Imadegawa Campus, Doshisha University, and to guide you to your accommodations.
Placement test and orientation etc for new International students will be held uppon your arrival.
Detailed information will be sent after approvel of official acceptance.

8. Note

Exchange students are accepted as 'students of the Center for Globa Education (CGE-sei)' or 'students of the Center for Japanese Language and Culture (Nichibun-sei)' and study according to the curriculum offered by the Center.

※CGE-sei from English-speaking countries, or whose English proficiency proves equivalent to a native-speaker may also enroll in courses offered by the Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA) after consideration. However, request to register ILA courses may not always be granted as many ILA courses have limited space for enrollment.

※Nichibun-sei who earn excellent scores on 'Japanese Placement Test' will be allowed to attend lectures at undergraduate or graduate programs within the terms and conditions. (In some cases, however, seminar lasses or specialized subjects are only open to regular undergraduate and graduate students.)

※For those who enroll in the program in accordance with 'Nichibun Center' inter-faculty exchange agreements with Doshisha partner institutions as 'Exchange students', the application procedure may vary.

※Subject to change due to COVID-19 situation.

9. Tuition Fees

Exchange students are exempt from tuition fees under the agreement. Pease contact your home institutions for further information.

10. Contact

Office of International Students
International Center
Doshisha University
Karasuma-Higashi-iru Imadegawa-dori Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8580
Telephone : +81-(0)75-251-3257
E-mail : ji-incmg@mail.doshisha.ac.jp