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Application Process for Exchange Students

1. Qualification

2. Application Period

※The estimated date of issuing the “Admission Certificate” may be subject to change depending upon applicant’s submission dates.

  Submission Deadline Selection Period Notification of Result
Spring semester (April) Middle of November November - December December - January
Fall semester (September) March 31st April-March End of May

3. Documents to be submitted

※All documents (excluding the prescribed forms) must be written in either Japanese or English.

<Expenses paid by the applicant>

・Bank account balance statement in the applicant’s name

<Expenses paid through scholarship or grant>

・Certificate proving the scholarship or grant (The amount must be on the certificate)

<Expenses paid by the applicant’s family members, or relatives>

・Prescribed form for “Statement of Expenses Payment” filled out by the guarantor
・Bank account balance statement of the guarantor
・Certificate of Employment of the guarantor
・Certificate of Yearly Income of the guarantor

4. Applications submitted to:

Office of International Students
International Center
Doshisha University
Imadegawa-dori  Kamigyo-ku
Kyoto 602-8580
TEL: +81-(0)75-251-3257
E-MAIL: ji-ois@mail.doshisha.ac.jp

※All documents must be sent by the coordinator of the applicant’s home institution.

5. Screening

Staff of the Office of International Students will first review documents to ensure that your application is complete, followed by the selection procedure.
Those who are deems as insufficiently proficient for the program are advised to learn Japanese language prior to the enrollment.

6. After being admitted

Center for Japanese Language and Culture will send accepted applicants `Admission Certificate` and detailed instructions on coming to Japan. After `Certificate of Eligibility` is issued, our office will send the certificate and other necessary documents for your stay in Japan (dormitory information etc.) to the coordinator of your home institution. Students are required to complete the following procedure to obtain a visa immediately upon receiving the documents.

Visa procedure
Doshisha University will apply for a `Certificate of Eligibility` on behalf of the applicant. We will send it to the coordinator of the student’s home institution as soon as it is issued. Plese bring the `Certificate of Eligibility` to the nearest Japanese Embassy / Consulate to obtain a `College Student (Ryuugaku)` visa before the given deadline.

7. Arrival ~ Admission (Pick-up service / Orientation)

Students are requested to arrive in Japan on the date appointed by Doshisha University. Students are able to move into the accommodation upon arrival.
We will send Doshisha Volunteer Students to Kyoto Station to welcome exchange students, and to guide them to their accommodations.
An entrance ceremony and orientation session for new International students will be held. (Confirmed information regarding the ceremony and session will be included in the documents you receive with `Admission Certificate`.)

8. Note

Exchange students are accepted as `students of Center for Japanese Language and Culture (Nichibun-sei)` and study according to the curriculum offered by the Center. However, students who earn excellent scores on `Japanese Placement Test` will be allowed to attend lectures at undergraduate or graduate programs within the terms and conditions. (In some cases, however, seminar lasses or specialized subjects are only open to undergraduate and graduate students.)
For those who enroll in the program in accordance with `Nichibun Center` inter-faculty exchange agreements with Doshisha partner institutions as `Exchange students`, the application procedure may vary.


9. Tuition Fees

Exchange students are exempt from tuition fees under the agreement. Pease contact your home institutions for further information.

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