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RIT Global

Doshisha University is one of the oldest private universities in Japan. For over 145 years, the university has provided a quality education based on the values of integrity, respect for individuality, independent thinking, and cultural understanding. Exchange students have the opportunity to study Japanese language and culture in the ancient city of Kyoto, known as the cultural heart of Japan. Japanese language courses help students develop skills in listening, speaking, reading comprehension, and writing. Students can complement their language studies with courses on Japanese culture and society and international studies. When not in class, students can explore the beautiful city of Kyoto with its World Heritage sites, restaurants, shops, and parks.

Spring Semester (please note that the spring semester in Japan runs from March through July)
Academic Year (fall/spring)

Total Credits: 12-15
Students take courses in Japanese language (beginning to advanced), Japanese grammar, international studies, and Japanese studies.

Select courses are taught in English. In order to take courses in Japanese language, students should have basic knowledge of Japanese, with preference of B2 (intermediate) level or higher.

Program is open to students from RIT College of Liberal Arts - 3rd or 4th year. Participation in this program requires a nomination by your department. For more information regarding this process, contact Dr. Hiroko Yamashita (

Application deadlines:
Spring semester - October 1st
Academic year (fall/spring) - March 1st

Program Cost: Student budget worksheet (AY 2023-24) - outlines all program costs. Students should take a copy of the budget worksheet to a meeting with RIT Financial Aid to determine how aid may apply towards program costs.

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To Apply

1) Make an appointment to meet with the study abroad advisor for this program, Myles Chalue - choose date and time
2) Start an application in the Compass.

COVID-19 & Study Abroad

The RIT Education Abroad office is constantly monitoring how COVID-19 is affecting international travel, with student safety as our top priority. While RIT no longer requires students to be vaccinated, we highly encourage study abroad participants to stay up-to-date with immunizations, boosters and social distancing polices. In fact, study abroad partners and vendors, travel providers and foreign governments may have different requirements and it is the students responsibility to understand and adhere to all requirements and guidelines. 

12 to 15
Language of Instruction: 
English, Japanese
Course Discipline: 
Japanese Language & Culture
Open To: 

RIT Students only