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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 753,000 yen
Other Expenses 162,000 yen
Location Kamidachiuri-Agaru, Karasuma-dori Kamigyo-Ku, Kyoto 602-0898, Japan
Area Kansai Region (Osaka, Kyoto, etc.)
Program Started April, 2011
No. of Students Approximately 200
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members Approximately 60
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 (A Number of Fall Intake and Spring Intake)
Application Period <April 2023>
August 1, 2022 - September 8, 2022

<September 2023>
January 16, 2023 - March 9, 2023
Examination Date <April 2023>
November 3 or November 5, 2022

<September 2023>
May 11 or May 13, 2023
Results Announced <April 2023>
[Documentary screening] October 21, 2022
[Interview] November 24, 2022

<September 2023>
[Documentary screening] April 21, 2023
[Interview] May 26, 2023
Enrollment Procedure Period Applicants must pay the Registration Fee by the deadline as follows;
<April 2023>
December 15, 2022

<September 2023>
June 20, 2023
Eligibility <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) Duolingo English Test 110
6) ACT Combined English/Writing (Writing Test Score) 22
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 8, 2022


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