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Doshisha University

Undergraduate Programs Information


Programs Class Commence
The Liberal Arts Program April and September

The Institute for the Liberal Arts
The Liberal Arts Program

Students in this four-year degree program choose one of three concentrations: Humanities and the Human Sciences, Business and Economics, or Politics and Policy Studies. All students begin by studying Foundation Courses, where they master the methodologies and research skills required for comparative analysis. They then design their own individualized curriculum by selecting courses across the disciplines based on their interests.

Students can take advanced courses in their concentration where they gain in-depth knowledge pertaining to specific fields:

Humanities and the Human Sciences (Japanese Society and Global Culture)
Business and Economics (Japanese Business and the Global Economy)
Politics and Policy Studies (Japanese Politics and Global Studies)

Students can choose to specialize within their chosen concentration or combine courses across fields, from the classes offered in English at the ILA, as well as in Japanese and English throughout the University.

Students may also have the opportunity to spend a year abroad at one of Doshisha's many partner universities worldwide. While taking academic courses, students can study the Japanese language at any level.

Program Information
Subject - Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Duration 4 years
Degree Bachelor
Type of Degree B.A. in Liberal Arts
Major Within the Liberal Arts Program, there are 3 following concentrations:
- Japanese Society and Global Culture
- Japanese Business and the Global Economy
- Japanese Politics and Global Studies
Classes Commence April and September
Entrance Fee 200,000 yen
Tuition Fees 839,000 yen
Other Expenses 149,000 yen
Location Kamidachiuri-Agaru, Karasuma-dori Kamigyo-Ku, Kyoto 602-8580, Japan
Area Kansai Region (Osaka, Kyoto, etc.)
Program Started April, 2011
No. of Students
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members 61
Additional Information Every ILA student is considered a full member of the wider Doshisha University and has access to many classes across all of the University departments, faculties, and institutes. Also, students can choose a wide variety of Japanese language courses at any level from beginner to advanced.
Application Type Open to everyone
Admission Capacity 50
Application Period <April 2018>
August 21, 2017-September 21, 2017

<September 2018>
January 9, 2018-March 29, 2018
Examination Date <April 2018>
[Abroad] November 9; November 11; or November 12, 2017
[In Japan] November 11, 2017

<September 2018>
[Abroad] May 24; May 26; or May 27, 2018
[In Japan] May 26, 2018
Results Announced <April 2018>
[Document screening] October 20, 2017
[Interview] December 1, 2017

<September 2018>
[Document screening] May 7, 2018
[Interview] June 8, 2018
Enrollment Procedure Period Applicants must pay the Registration Fee by the deadline as follows;
<April 2018>
December 21, 2017

<September 2018>
June 28, 2018
Eligibility <Educational Background>
Applicants should satisfy one of the following requirements by the time of enrollment at Doshisha University:
1) 12 years of school education outside Japan.
2) A university entrance qualification (IB, Abitur, French Baccalaureate, A-levels, etc.) and at least 18 years of age.
3) 12 years of education at a WASC, CIS or ACSI accredited international school and at least 18 years of age.
4) Graduation Diploma from a high school accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

<English Language Proficiency>
Applicants should satisfy one of the following:
1) Native speaker of English
2) 12 or more years of education in English
3) TOEFL(R) iBT 85
4) IELTS Academic 6.5
5) ACT Combined English/Writing (Writing Test Score) 22
6) Old SAT Critical Reading and Writing sections 51
7) New SAT Reading Test 28, and Writing & Language Test 29
Application Process There are two application methods. Please choose to apply either of the following
1) through the Common Application
2) through the ILA Office
Screening Process Admission decisions are made in two stages.
1) Document screening
2) Interview
Admission Fee 15,000 yen
Contact The Institute for the Liberal Arts Office
(Shikokan, Karasuma Campus)
Phone: +81-75-251-3302
Fax: +81-75-251-3304

As of June 12, 2017


University and program information, costs, dates, policies are subject to change; please confirm important facts with university admission personnel.