The Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA) at Doshisha University, one of Japan’s oldest and top ranking universities, offers a world-class academic experience. As students study for their degrees, they gain international experience in Japan and have opportunities to acquire experience abroad, to intern, and to learn Japanese at our acclaimed Center for Japanese Language and Culture. Studying at the ILA offers the best of both worlds: a small Institute within a large university.
Our diverse international faculty are all active researchers and innovators in their own fields. The Institute's small liberal arts college atmosphere and seminars allow students broad access to the faculty’s expertise. As students study for their degrees, faculty members challenge students to not only find interesting answers, but to formulate and ask intriguing questions.
ILA’s approach to undergraduate studies is interdisciplinary, providing an in-depth examination of Japan that facilitates broader comparative research. The Institute's team of academics and administrators all understand the importance of both local and global contexts, and together with students, draw on their own experiences of living and researching across the world. In today's world, an international education, internship experience, global networks, and language skills will give you the competitive edge to help you succeed.
Our tuition fees are highly competitive and all incoming international students (college visa holders) will be considered for a reduction in tuition fees. Doshisha offers many other competitive scholarships for students.
In 2011, we welcomed our first students and we are confident of expanding further afield in the future. ILA classes are joined by Doshisha students from departments across the university, and exchange students from our worldwide network of partner universities.
Like the historic and dynamic city of Kyoto, we have our eyes focused on the globalized world of the future with our feet placed firmly on the local knowledge of traditions.
Kyoto setting provides an exceptional cultural experience, combining the best of tradition, nightlife, and dynamic employment opportunities in modern Japan. Doshisha receives solicitations for approximately 600 job openings every year for international students and 98% of graduates successfully find jobs.
Doshisha University key facts:
- Private university founded in 1875
- 14 faculties and 16 graduate schools
- 2,000 faculty members
- 25,000 undergraduates and 2,400 graduates
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