Total number of students

28,016 (1,152 from overseas) as of 2021



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About the university

Education only is not sufficient to make men virtuous; neither intellectual nor moral philosophy is enough for it.

Spirit of Doshisha

Joseph Hardy Neesima, the founder of Doshisha University, disagreed with the rigid system of feudal society in Japan and left the country in search of freedom. After enjoying freedom to the fullest in the free society of America and returning to Japan, he established a highly liberal institution that was based on the Christian principles.

"Intellectual education" alone is not sufficient for personality development. Making a person be "a true man" is only possible when "education of soul" is also provided. This is Neesima's educational philosophy.

Neesima believed that "education of soul" would be offered most effectively if it is based on Christianity, especially Protestantism. The Chapel on Imadegawa Campus is truly a beautiful example of the Spirit of Doshisha.

He was a patriot, but not a narrow-minded one. He was truly an international-minded person. He was the first Japanese citizen to obtain an academic degree overseas. Doshisha University has been committed to international exchanges with overseas universities since its founding.


Joseph Hardy Neesima was a person who acutely sensed the changing times during the turbulent period from the final years of the Tokugawa Shogunate to early Meiji, and acted according to his own judgment of what he should do without fear of the government. After returning from America, Neesima became determined to change Japan through "cultivation of people who use their abilities as conscience dictates" based on Christianity, and for that he planned to create an educational environment that encourages students' independent thinking and actions. The idea to change society through education, and the determination to establish a school pursuing "education of conscience" in particular, must have been considered revolutionary in Japan in the 1870s. Continuing Neesima's purpose, Doshisha University has been devoting its effort to education and research for fostering people who act according to their own judgment of what to do based on conscience, and people who tirelessly pursue their dream or high aspirations.

In practicing human education, Doshisha University puts emphasis on the linkage between education and research and on fostering creativity in individual students. At its basis is our founding spirit, "education of conscience," and adherence to our three educational philosophies. "Liberalism" is to value individuality, "Christian principles" are to respect and love others, and "Internationalism" is to see and understand the world with a broad perspective. Based on these philosophies, we conduct education and research in a liberal environment that respects individuality, producing graduates who play an active role in various fields of society. This is Doshisha University's identity that has been maintained throughout its history.

Tomoko Ueki
Doshisha University



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Facilities and support programs for international students


  • International students who satisfied a certain level of academic performance at the entrance examination will receive a scholarship equivalent to 100%, 50% or 20% of tuition (number of recipients for each category varies with each faculty).


  • We introduce real estate agencies and offer dormitories operated by the university or other organizations.

    Doshisha University has established a system that the university serves as a guarantor for international students who cannot find one.

Japanese Language and Culture Subjects

  • In order to support international students to achieve significant results in their studies and research, we offer courses and classes to study Japanese language and culture in depth. In addition, a counseling service, "Office Hours," is offered by full-time staff to provide advice on Japanese language studies to international students.

Support from peers and tutors

  • We offer an International Peer Support Program to help international students adjust smoothly to student life in Japan. Doshisha peer supporters give advice on their studies and daily life as well as being their cross-cultural exchange partner. Meanwhile, the Tutor System for Study and Research Support for International Students is for helping graduate international students make rapid progress in their studies and research in their area of specialization.

Career support

  • To support students who pursue a career while in school, we offer information materials on employment and companies, vocational counseling, vocational guidance and seminars. Furthermore, we provide various courses for qualification tests and guidance for those who aim to obtain licenses or qualifications.

Doshisha University


Karasuma Higashi-iru, Imadegawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8580 JAPAN


Admissions Section

TEL:075-251-3257 (+81-75-251-3257)

FAX:075-251-3123 (+81-75-251-3123)




Total number of students

28,016 (1,152 from overseas) as of 2021


Admission fee: ¥200,000 for 2022

Tuition fee: ¥870,000 - ¥1,231,000 for 2022

Other: ¥152,000 - ¥312,000 for 2022