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同志社大学 | Doshisha University

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"Learn to Live and Live to Learn" with the history of 141 years, developing frontiers of "wisdom"

Our founding spirit consists of three main principles: Christianity, Liberalism and Internationalism. Doshisha was founded by Joseph Hardy Neesima in 1875 as the first Japanese school advocating the teaching of Christianity. Doshisha has more than 29,000 students and 1,517 of them are from outside Japan.
We offers English-based degree programs designed for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students.

【English-based Degree Programs】
(Undergraduate Program)
・The Institute for the Liberal Arts

(Graduate Program) 
・International Science and Technology Course at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering / Life and Medical Sciences
・Global MBA
Master's Degree Program, Global Business and Management Studies
Doshisha Business School
・Graduate School of Global Studies


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The Campus

Doshisha University’s Imadegawa Campus is an elegant blend of protected historic buildings and modern architecture, which preserves the beauty of the original Meiji period red-brick buildings. The green spaces, shady alcoves and outdoor plazas draw on the calm, contemplative beauty of the adjacent Shokokuji Temple, while the campus itself buzzes with cultural, academic, and recreational life. Where else could you hear Buddhist monks reciting sutras, pop into a Chapel or meditation room, hear a garage band, see a wrestling match, and engage in stimulating intellectual conversation, all in the space of your lunch break?

ILA is housed in Shikokan, built around a sunken garden, a few minutes walk from Imadegawa and our state of the art Learning Commons in the Ryoshinkan Building. The Commons is a free form flexible space that encourages participatory student-led learning. The wall-less environment - PCs, projectors, screens, electronic blackboards and plain old comfy chairs - encourage collaboration, discussion, and creativity.

Ryoshinkan also houses lounges, a café/bakery, a bookstore, a convenience store, a travel agency, and a cafeteria with Japanese university staples such as noodles, rice omelets, cutlets, Japanese curry and a salad bar.

International Community Lounge

Responding to student requests for a place to make Japanese friends or meet with international students, the International Community Lounge has been set up in Fusokan 2F on the Imadegawa Campus and in Rohm Memorial Hall 3F on Kyotanabe Campus. Whether you are an international student studying Japanese, or a Japanese student who needs to rely on body language to communicate with international students, the International Community Lounge is for everyone to make new friends. Those who are already fluent in foreign languages are also welcome to further improve their skills. International Community Lounge offers the opportunities of cross-cultural communication to help International and Japanese students meet and learn from each other.

Its location and opening hours are as below. If you are interested in international exchange, feel free to visit the lounge.

<Imadegawa Campus>
International Community Lounge

Location : Fusokan 2F (Imadegawa Campus)
Opening Hours : Monday - Friday 9:00~17:00

<Kyotanabe Campus>
International Community Lounge

Location : Rohm Memorial Hall 3F (Kyotanabe Campus)
Opening Hours : Monday - Friday 9:00~17:00

*It is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
*The schedule may change during EVE period.

International Community Lounge at Imadegawa Campus


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