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Global Education Module for Exchange Students : Curriculum

Global Education Module (GEM) is for exchange students interested in studying Japanese Culture, Society, and Nature in English.


  1. The Global Education Module (GEM) offers inter-disciplinary courses all conducted in English, designed for international and Japanese students to foster a better understanding of Japan in a global context. GEM provides in-depth learning opportunities in different fields ranging from the humanities and social sciences to the natural and human sciences.
  2. Exchange students who intend to principally take courses on Japanese Culture, Society, and Nature in English offered by GEM are accepted as ‘GEM students’. [In contrast, exchange students who intend to study mainly Japanese language are accepted as “Nichibun students“.]
  3. By studying together in a small and interactive class, exchange students and Doshisha students can have more opportunities to have meaningful contact with one another, and benefit from the diversity of perspectives that are represented and shared in the classroom. In this way, GEM offers a unique space for academic collaboration between exchange students and Doshisha students that is intended to foster a dynamic academic environment.
  4. GEM students 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 (up to 3 subjects per semester). ILA courses are also conducted in English at a native level and focus mainly on Japanese culture and society. However, requests to register for ILA courses may not always be granted as many ILA courses have limited space for enrollment.
  5. GEM students are also permitted to enroll in Japanese language courses in accordance with their Japanese proficiency (up to 3 credits per semester). Japanese language courses are divided into 10 levels (Basic, Elementary level Ⅰ ~ High Advanced level ) based on students Japanese ability and designed to improve four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a balanced manner. 
  6. GEM students are permitted to use the same facilities as regular students.

Curriculum / Academic Calendar

Courses and Credits

2024 Course List of GEM Program

2024 ILA Course List for Exchange Students
・Students can register up to 3 courses.
・Courses offered for exchange students will be revised every academic year.
・In order to register, a student must obtain approval from the instructor on the first day of class.

Syllabus System

NOTE: There are subjects stating recommended English language requirement in front of "Course Content Summary". This part is for Japanese students.



Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar 2024-2025

Credit Load

GEM considers a course that meets for two hours, once a week (x15 weeks) as two credits (except for Japanese language courses).
The maximum course load for GEM students is 30 credits for one year (15 credits per semester). Credits of taking Japanese language courses and ILA courses are also included in the maximum course credit load.

Students should take more than 7 classes (1 class=90 minutes) at least per week. It is prescribed by law*.
*Ministerial Ordinance to Provide for Criteria Pursuant to Article 7. Paragraph (1), item (ii) of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.