Japanese Language Immersion Course

The Japanese Language Immersion Course (JLIC) at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts (DWCLA) began in 2008. It is composed of two terms. The first term, Term A is a four-week program from the end of May to the middle of June. Following the completion of Term A, Term B begins, which is also a four-week program from the middle of June to the middle of July. Students can stay for eight weeks, participating in both courses if they wish. The program offers introductory Japanese language courses to students whose first language is not Japanese. Throughout the course, students have full access to all the facilities available on campus. In addition to studying in the classroom, students can also experience multiple fieldtrips during the course, which include tours of Kyoto and Nara.

Please note that this program is open only to female undergraduate students or graduates whose goal is to improve their Japanese language skills.  If you wish to participate in the JLIC, please refer to "5. How to apply to the JLIC ."

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Japanese Language Immersion Course (JLIC) 2015
Application Guidelines

1. Program Outline

  1. 1) Course Dates :
    Term A : May 18th (Monday) to June 12th, 2015 (Friday)
    Term B : June 15th (Monday) to July 10th , 2015 (Friday)
  2. 2) Place : Imadegawa Campus (Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  3. 3) Course Content :
    • Japanese Language Course (in the morning) : Ten 90-minute classes per week
    • Japanese Cultural Experiences : Kimono wearing, tea ceremony, calligraphy, flower arrangement and Japanese confectionary making, etc.
    • Field Trips : Visit to temples and shrines etc in Kyoto and Nara.
    • Social Events : Welcome party, farewell party, club visits, and other events with students at Kyotanabe campus, etc.
  4. 4) Accommodations : DWCLA offers two types of accommodations:
    • a) Homestay (two meals per day) : Live with the family of a DWCLA or Doshisha University student or graduate.
      ※Host families reside within 90 minutes from Imadegawa Campus.
    • b) Mukaijima Gakusei Center(a single room and no meals) : Single rooms with kitchen are available in the Kyoto municipal dormitory for international students.
      ※The dormitory is around 45 minutes (25 minutes by train and 20-minute walk) from the Imadegawa campus and 40 minutes form the kyotanabe campus(15 minutes by train and a 25-minute walk).Free internet access is available only in the shared study room and lounge, not in your room.
      For further information, please visit its website at
      Decisions about accmmodation will be made baded on availability and each participant's request. Participants should move into their accommodations two days prior to the term starts, and leave on the next morning of the term ends.
  5. 5) Program Size : Each term is limited to a maximum of 10 students
  6. 6) Transcript and Certificate : The transcript and the certificate of completion will be given by the president of DWCLA to students who have successfully completed the program.
    DWCLA does not give school credits to the participants.

2.Qualification for Participation

An applicant must meet all the following requirements.

  • ・Be an undergraduate student or a graduate of a university abroad.
  • ・Be a female student 18 years or older as of April 1, 2015.
  • ・Have at least 6 months of Japanese study experience prior to the course.

3. Cost of the JLIC.

  • The program fees : 171,100 yen 126,100 yen per term
    (Tuition has been reduced by 30% since 2011! )
    Program fees include tuition fees, the field trip fees (transportation and admission fee),
    welcome and farewell party fees, and the insurance premium.
  • The accommodation fees as well as meals depend on which type of accommodation an applicant chooses (The applicants from affiliated institutions are exempt from paying accommodation fee, as the financial aid will be allotted).
    • a) Homestay : 15,000 yen a week – 60,000 yen (two meals per day)
    • b) Mukaijima Gakusei Center : 6,850 yen a week – 27,400 yen (no meals)
  • Others
    The program and accommodation fees do NOT include the followings:
    ・Transportation between Kansai International Airport and the accommodation,
    ・Cost of commuting
      (If the total cost of the commuter's pass exceeds 5,000 yen per month, DWCLA will pay the difference.)
    ・Lunch fees
    ・Phone bills

4. Financial Aid

Grants of 60,000 yen are available for participants from affiliated universities/colleges and for nationals from ASEAN-member countries. For a homestay student, all of the amount will be paid to the host family to cover 2 meals/day and basic living expenses. For a lodger at Mukaijima Gakusei Center residence, 27,400 yen will be allotted to the dormitory expense and the remaining 32,600 yen will be given to the participant at the beginning of the course.

5. How to apply to the JLIC  

The applicants must submit the International Exchange Center(IEC) of DWCLA either directly or through the staff in charge at their home institution by the end of January.
(*The application deadline is extended until February 27,2015.)

  1. 1) 2015 Japanese Language Immersion Course Application Form(PDF:660KB)
  2. 2) Certificate of Health(PDF:86KB)
  3. 3) Homestay Placement Questionnaire(PDF:731KB)
  4. 4) Japanese Language Inquiry(PDF:655KB)
  5. 5) Official transcript from Home Institution
  6. 6) Letter of Recommendation(Word:29KB)
  7. 7) Statement of Purpose (See the Application Form)
  8. 8) Two clear color ID photographs(4cm x 3cm/ 1.6 inches x 1.2 inches)
  9. 9) A snapshot (See the Homestay Placement Questionnaire)
  10. 10) A brief letter introducing yourself (See the Homestay Placement Questionnaire)
  11. 11)A copy of your passport (the page on which your name and photo appear)

※All applicants must submit the Homestay Placement Questionnaire (No.3 document) regardless of their choice in accommodation.

6. Final Decision on the Program Implementation and Acceptance

Applicants will be notified of the results of their application either directly or through home institution by the end of February. (*For second recruitment, by the end of March.)

7. Payment of Participation Expense

As for the participation expense, please make a transfer to DWCLA either directly or through your home institution by the end of April (according to Japan Standard Time). Cancellation one week before the program starts or thereafter (according to Japan Standard Time) will incur a cancellation fee equivalent to 10% of the program fees.

8. Visa Information

Please ask the diplomatic missions if a visa is required or not in advance.

9. Insurance

The content and coverage of the insurance that is covered during the program is as follows:
The participation fees contain insurance.

Injury Death and residual disability Six million yen
  Treatment cost Three million yen
Disease Treatment cost One million yen
Liability for personal injury or property One hundred million yen
Loss or damage of your own personal belongings Three hundred thousand yen

10. Application Form Submission Office and Contact Details

Address Teramachi, Imadegawa, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0893 JAPAN
Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts
International Exchange Center
Phone +81-75-251-4158
Fax +81-75-251-4160
Email kokusa-i@dwc.doshisha.ac.jp
Web site http://www.dwc.doshisha.ac.jp/english/