Japanese Studies Program

The Japanese Studies Program (JSP) at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts (DWCLA) was started in 1992. The JSP is a 12-week program which starts at the end of September and ends shortly before Christmas. The program offers up to 15 female international students both intensive Japanese language courses and Japanese culture and society courses in English. Japanese students of DWCLA also participate in the culture courses. In pursuing their studies, students have full access to all the facilities available on campus. The program is mainly held on Imadegawa campus, which is in the center of Kyoto city, and students not only study in the classroom but also take field trips, which include tours of Kyoto and Nara.

This program is open only to female students from our affiliated universities and colleges in principle. Applicants should apply for this program through their home institutions.

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Japanese Studies Program (JSP) 2015 Application Guidelines

1. Program Outline

  1. 1) Course Dates : September 24th (Thursday) to December 18th (Friday)
    ※Arrival date : September 22nd (Tuesdays) Departure date : December 19th (Saturday) – 89days in total.
    ※Your student visa is valid for 90 days. Students who wish to stay more than 90 days are expected to change the residence status by themselves before the program ends.
  2. 2) Place : Imadegawa Campus (Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  3. 3) Course Content :
    • ・Japanese Language Courses : Four 90-minute classes, plus one supplementary class with Teaching Assistants, per week

      The Japanese language classes are divided into three levels, Elementary A, Elementary B, and Intermediate C according to students’ language proficiency, background, etc. Participants will take a placement test on the day of orientation. There will be 2-5 students in each class.
      ・Japanese Culture and Society Courses : Three or four 90-minute classes per week
      ※Japanese culture and society classes are merged class with DWCLA students and are delivered in English.
      ※We will offer 4 Courses. Participants are required to enroll in at least three of the four courses in order to fulfill the requirements of the program and receive a certificate.
      ※Please note that these courses are subject to change.
      ・Japanese cultural experiences : Kimono wearing, tea ceremony, calligraphy, flower arrangement.
      ・Field Trips : Visit to temples and shrines etc in Kyoto and Nara.
      ・Social Events : Welcome party, farewell party, and club visits, and other events 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 Student 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 from 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
      http://www.kyoto-jkosha.or.jp/center/e_establish.html
      Decisions about accmmodations will be made based on availability and each participant's request. Participants should move into their accommodations two days prior to the program starts, and leave on the next day of the program ends.

  5. 5) Program Size : The program is limited to a maximum of 15 students per year.
  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 will give one credit for each of the four Japanese language courses and two credits for each Japanese culture and society course.
  7. 7) Credit Transfer : Credit transfer will depend on the decision of the home institution. Applicants are advised to consult in advance with the appropriate officials at their home institution.
  8. 8) Evaluation : Students will receive a grade for each course they enrolled in. Transcript will be sent to home institutions after the completion of the program in January 2016.

2.Qualification for Participation

An applicant must meet all the following requirements.

  • ・At least 18 years old as of September 1, 2015
  • ・Female university/college student who has completed at least one year of Japanese language study.   
  • ・Be recommended by the home institution.

3. Cost of the JSP.

  • The program fees : 513,400 yen  378,400 yen
    (Tuition has been reduced by 30% from 2011! )
    • Accomodation fees : 180,000 yen
      (The applicants from affiliated institutions are exempt from paying accommodation fee, as the financial aid will be given. Please see "4. Financial Aid" below.)
    • Total : 558,400 yen
  • The program fee includes tuition fees, the field trip fees (transportation and admission fee), welcome and farewell party fees, and the insurance premium. However, the program and accommodation fees do NOT include (1)airfare, (2)round trip transportation between Kansai airport and your accommodation, (3)accommodation fee, (4)lunch fees, (5)phone bills, (6)required textbooks, (7)cost of commuting (* Please note that if the total cost of the commuter’s pass exceeds 15,000 yen, DWCLA will pay the difference.).

4. Financial Aid

Grants of 200,000 yen are available for participants from affiliated universities/collages. A settling-in allowance of \20,000 will be given to you when you arrive on the first orientation day. The rest of the amount of the scholarship, \180,000 depends on the participant’s accommodation:

  • ・Homestay : \180,000 (60,000 yen/month) will be paid directly to your host family to cover 2 meals/day and basic living expenses for you by DWCLA.

  • ・Mukaijima Gakusei Center : \82,200 (27,400 yen/month) will be paid to the Muaijima Gakusei Center by DWCLA, and \97,800 (32,600 yen/month) to you to subsidize meal expenses.

5. How to applyto the JSP 

The applicants must submit the following documents to the staff in charge at their home institution by April 28th, 2015. The staff then forwards the documents to DWCLA by postal mail. (See contact address below)

  1. 1)2015 Japanese Studies Program Application Form(PDF:1.8MB)
  2. 2)Certificate of Health(PDF:92KB)
  3. 3)Homestay placement questionnaire(PDF:1.3MB)
  4. 4)Japanese Language Inquiry(PDF:816KB)
  5. 5)Letter of Recommendation(PDF:59KB)
  6. 6)Official transcript from home institution
  7. 7)Statement of Purpose (See the Application Form)
  8. 8)Four clear color ID photographs (4cm x 3cm / 1.6 inches x 1.2 inches)
  9. 9)A snapshot of yourself (See the Homestay Placement Questionnaire)
  10. 10)A brief letter introducing yourself (See the Homestay Placement Questionnaire)
  11. 11)A clear color copy of your passport (the page on which your name and photo appear)


    ※No.1-5 documents can be downloaded from this website.
    ※All the applicants must submit the Homestay Placement Questionnaire (No.3 document) regardless of their choice in accommodation.

6. Payment of Participation Expense

As for the participation expense, please make a transfer to DWCLA by the end of August via each affiliated institution. Cancellation one week before the program starts or thereafter (according to Japan Standard Time) will incur cancellation fees equivalent to 10% of the program and accommodation fees.

7. Final Decision on the Program Implementation and Acceptance

Applicants will be notified of the results of their application via home institution by May 31, 2015.

8. 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

9. Application Form Submission Office and Contact Details

Address Teramachi, Imadegawa, Kamigyou-ku,Kyoto-city, 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/