Japanese Studies Program

The Japanese Studies Program at Doshisha Women's College was started in 1992. It is a one semester program which starts at the end of September and ends shortly before Christmas. The program offers English speaking students from affiliated colleges and universities both introductory Japanese language courses and Japanese culture courses. The culture courses are conducted in English. Japanese students of the College who have an excellent command of English also participate in the culture courses. In pursuing their studies, students have full access to all the facilities available on campus. 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 in principle. Applicants should apply for this program through their home institutions.

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Japanese Studies Program (JSP) 2014 Application Guidelines

1. Outline of Program

  1. 1) Course Dates : September 22nd (Monday)to December 22nd (Monday)
  2. 2) Place : Imadegawa Campus (Kyoto)
  3. 3) Course Content :
    • Japanese Language Courses : Four 90-minute classes per week
      ※This course will be divided into three levels, Elementary A, Elementary B, and Intermediate C according to students’ language proficiency, background experiences, etc.
    • Japanese Culture and Society Courses : At least three 90-minute classes per week
      ※This is a merged class with DWCLA students and is delivered in English.
      ※We will offer 4 Courses.
       Please note that these courses are subject to change.
    • Japanese cultural experiences : Kimono wearing, tea ceremony, calligraphy, etc.
    • Fieldtrips : Visit to temples and shrines etc in Kyoto and Nara.
    • Student exchange program : Welcome party, farewell party, and club visits, etc.
  4. 4) Accommodation : DWCLA offers two types of accommodation:
    • a) Homestay : Live with the family of a DWCLA or Doshisha University student or graduate.
    • b) Mukaijima Student Center : Single rooms with kitchen are available in the Kyoto municipal dormitory for international students. The dormitory is around 40 minutes from the Imadegawa campus (25 min by train and a 15-min walk), and 45 minutes from the Kyotanabe campus (25 min by train and a 20-min 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 accommodation will be made based on availability and each participant's request.
  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 DWC president to students who have successfully completed the program. DWC will give 4 credits for Japanese Language Courses and 2 credits for each Japanese Culture Course.
  7. 7) Credit Transfer : Credit transfer will depend on the decision of the home institution. Applicants are therefore advised to consult in advance with the appropriate officials at their home institution about credit transfer policies.
  8. 8) Evaluation : Students will receive grades for their work in the courses they are enrolled in, and a transcript will be sent to each student’s home institution after the completion of the program (January, 2015).

2.Qualification for Participation

An applicant must meet all the following requirements.

  • ・Be a female student 18 years or older as of September 1st, 2014.
  • ・Have at least 1 year of Japanese study experience.
  • ・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
  • Program fees include tuition fees, the field trip fees (transportation and admission fee), welcome and farewell party fees, and the insurance premium.
    The program fees do NOT include airfare, round trip transportation between Kansai airport and homestay, lunch fees, cost of commuting and phone bills etc.
    (※Please note that if the total cost of commuting exceeds 15,000 yen, DWCLA will pay the difference.)

4. Financial Aid

Grants of 200,000 yen are available for participants from affiliated universities/colleges.
Recipients will receive 20,000 yen cash on the first orientation day, and the remaining 180,000 yen will automatically be allocated as follows:

  • ・Homestay : 60,000 yen×3 months (The fee includes 2 meals per day.)
  • ・Mukaijima Student Center: 27,400 yen×3 months & 32,600 yen×3 months for meals.

5. How to apply to the JSP  (Deadline: April 28th, 2014)

The applicants must submit the following documents to the staff in charge at their home institution by April 28th, 2014. The staff then forwards the documents to DWC by postal mail. (See contact address below)

  1. 1) 2014 Japanese Studies Program Application Form
  2. 2) Certificate of Health
  3. 3) Homestay Questionnaire
  4. 4) Japanese Language Inquiry
  5. 5) Letter of Recommendation
  6. 6) Written Statement of Purpose (See the Application Form)
  7. 7) Snapshot (See the Homestay Questionnaire)
  8. 8) Brief letter introducing yourself (See the Homestay Questionnaire)
  9. 9) Official transcript from home institution
  10. 10)  4 formal, clear and color ID photographs (4cm×3cm / 1.6 inches x 1.2 inches)
  11. 11)  A clear and color copy of your passport (the page on which your name and photo appear)
  • ※No.1-5 documents can be downloaded as a PDF from this website.
  • ※All the applicants must submit the Homestay 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 DWC 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 the end of May.

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/