Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad this spring in the Japanese language program at Doshisha University, located in the beautiful city of Kyoto. Intensive Japanese is offered from beginning through advanced levels.
UC students enroll in Japanese language and Japan studies courses in the Center for Japanese Language. The Center offers courses in language, Japanese culture, arts, society, history, politics, economics, and intercultural communication taught in English.
For someone pursuing Japanese studies, this opportunity to study in Japan is unsurpassed. The city of Kyoto provides a lovely setting, with opportunities to explore traditional Japanese culture through calligraphy, tea ceremony, and shrine festivals, as well as in daily walks through the colorful local community.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
language study is the core component of this program.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late March to early August
"I've had an amazing experience with my time here in Kyoto. ... I was able to assimilate faster so my experience was great."
--UCEAP Doshisha Participant Spring 2015
Live on or off campus in a student dormitory or in UCEAP-arranged student residences. More information on housing
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.
UCEAP 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.
The University of California Tokyo Study Center provides an enriching, educational, and safe experience for UCEAP students who study at nine Japanese host Universities.
See the UCEAP 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; and housing.
UC students are enrolled at the Doshisha University Center for Japanese Language and Culture (CJLC), commonly referred to as Nichibun-sei.
Japanese language study is offered at nine levels from beginning to advanced to suit your needs. Local Japanese students provide conversation and debate partners for international students in some classes. In addition to Japanese language, previous participants have received UC credit for courses related to religious studies, anthropology, political science and Asian Studies.
If you demonstrate advanced Japanese language proficiency at the placement test at the start of the term, you may take courses taught in Japanese in Doshisha undergraduate programs, in addition to Japanese language courses.
Use the following resources to learn more:
"Some courses were taught in English with a very strong Japanese/Kyoto emphasis on the issues discussed. Courses about anthropology, Buddhism and Zen, and Tea Ceremony all had Japanese students sharing their thoughts and experiences, which is arguably never going to be possible or the same at my UC campus."
--UCEAP Participant Spring 2014
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21 quarter/14 semester UC units minimum required. This is typically 15 UC quarter units of language and 6 UC quarter units of elective courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
You may pursue independent study for academic credit in this program.
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.
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.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional 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 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same 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
- Mandatory host country health 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.
Study abroad scholarships for Japan
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards 100 scholarships annually to US undergraduate students for study in Japan. The scholarships provide $2,500 for one semester or $4,000 for the academic year to cover travel and living expenses. In 2015, three UC students were awarded. Applications are due in April for fall/year programs and October for spring programs. Requirements include an application, transcript, short essay, and letter of recommendation. Find out more
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships
JASSO offers scholarships for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, junior college or college of technology. Find out more
Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan
Morgan Stanley Japan offers two $7,500 scholarships to US students with an interest in policy, economics, or international finance who will study abroad in Japan. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. Applications are due in April. Find out more
American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW)
AAJUW was founded in 1970 to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to the better U.S.-Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership. AAJUW's scholarship
award $2,000 and the deadline is in September.
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
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure 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 Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: