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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

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To Apply

1) Make an appointment with a study abroad advisor for this program to go over required application steps - choose a date and time
2) Start an application in the Compass.

Please Note: Study abroad programs and all international travel by students for the 2020-2021 academic year are suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for fall 2021 and beyond travel programs will remain open as we monitor the situation. For the most up to date information, please visit

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

RIT Students only