Join this spring program located in the beautiful city of Kyoto for beginning through advanced Japanese language study at Doshisha University.
UC students enroll in Japanese language and area studies at the Center for Japanese Language. In addition, the Center offers courses on Japanese culture, arts, society, history, politics, economics, and intercultural communication taught in English.
The location also provides opportunities to explore traditional Japanese culture through calligraphy, tea ceremony, and shrine festivals.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
Language study is a core component of the program.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late March to early August
Choose where you live. You can either make your own arrangements or live near campus in EAP-arranged student residences.
Doshisha gives exchange students the opportunity to participate in Gion Matsuri, one of Japan's most famous festivals with a long tradition stretching back to 869 AD. Students are given the honor of pulling a traditional handmade float with local community members.
In addition, Doshisha offers a rich variety of student club activities such as martial arts, sports, and clubs for tea ceremony, drama, music, dance, flower arranging, etc. Clubs are an excellent way to meet local students and practice Japanese.
EAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Japan and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the EAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
Doshisha University, Kyoto
Doshisha University is a private institution, which has become increasingly internationalized in recent years. UC students take courses on Doshisha’s beautiful main campus, Imadegawa, which is situated close to the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
The facilities at Doshisha are very comfortable for UC students, and its location in downtown Kyoto is ideal.
You will be enrolled at the Center for Japanese Language and Culture, commonly referred to as Nichibun-sei. Japanese language study is offered at nine levels from beginning to advanced to suit your needs. Japanese students participate in some courses to provide conversation and debate partners to international students.
If you show sufficient Japanese proficiency at the placement test you will be permitted to take regular courses taught in Japanese offered at undergraduate programs, in addition to the Center’s Japanese language courses.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- EAP Program Search provides information on subject areas, requirements, and language of instruction.
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- Doshisha University
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists only courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered.
Take advantage of this unique location to explore traditional architecture, cultural history, and the close knit neighborhoods of Kyoto.
A minimum of 21 UC quarter/14 UC semester units is required.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
You may pursue an internship or independent study for academic credit in this program. EAP does not coordinate internships in Japan; however, there are various companies who take student interns listed here
. Most companies want students who are fluent in Japanese and English.
In the past, some students have found internships with Matsuda, Cannon, and the U.S. Embassy. Deadlines may be early, so begin preparations well in advance of departure if you are interested.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2012-13. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2012-13 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at Doshisha University
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Doshisha University.
Visit your Campus EAP Office for more information: