Doshisha University, Doshisha daigaku, abbreviated as Dodai, is large private university in Kyoto. It was founded in 1875 by an ex-samurai, Niijima Jo. He left Japan illegally in the the nineteenth century when it was a closed society and studied in Boston, USA. When he returned to Japan, under the name of Joseph Hardy Neesima as a Protestant educator, he founded the University as Doshisha English School. Over the years, and with assistance from Canadian missionary G. G. Cochran, Doshisha developed into a fully functional, Anglo-American style institution and was granted university status in 1920.
The University has two campuses, one in the heart of the city near the Kyoto Imperial Palace (Imadegawa campus) which exchange students attend, and a second in southern Kyoto (Kyotanabe campus) surrounded by green mountains. It now encompasses 14 faculties and 16 graduate schools with numerous affiliated institutions and has approximately 30,000 students.
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During World War II, the University's buildings were given Japanese names and its curriculum was stripped of any pro-Western elements. The prewar conditions were restored after the surrender of Japan.
The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the partner institution. Moreover, names for fields of study may be different overseas.
A discipline being listed does not in any way indicate the suitability of the program, nor does it indicate that the discipline is taught in English.
Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisors at Melbourne and subject to available places at the host institution.
Students applying to Doshisha University must have completed at least one year of study of Japanese or an equivalent at tertiary level at the time of application. All exchange students to Doshisha University will take a placement test before the start of the semester in order to determine classes appropriate for their level of Japanese language. Japanese language subjects are divided into nine different levels, with level one being elementary and level nine being highly advanced. A student placed in level five, upper intermediate, or above, will be able to take subjects offered in the University's standard undergraduate and graduate programs in addition to the Centre for Japanese Language and Culture's (CJLC) Japanese Language subjects, Japanese/English language seminars, lectures in Japanese Studies and lectures in International Studies. More information is available on the CJLC Program for Exchange Students webpage.
Students studying at the CJLC are required to pay the nominal Educational Support Fee of ¥2,500 (approximately $26).