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About the "Bekka" Program

The Doshisha University Center for Japanese Language and Culture originally opened in April 1999 and its purpose is to help

  • International students wishing to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program at Doshisha University,
  • International students wishing to enroll at other universities and graduate schools in Japan, and
  • Exchange students from universities all over the world which have exchange agreements with Doshisha University,

to gain an understanding of Japanese culture and to acquire Japanese language skills. While the Center for Japanese Language and Culture was restructured in April 2007, it is characterized by offering courses to suit each student’s needs as it always has been in the past.

The period of the program is one year. The Center has adopted the semester system; therefore, students can start the program from either the Spring Semester (April – September) or the Fall Semester (September – March).

Studying at your own level Learning about Japanese culture and society


Every semester, the program offers the divided into nine different levels, in order to suit each individual student’s Japanese ability. These Japanese courses are offered in the morning, Monday through Friday. In the afternoon, the program offers <Japanese/English Language Seminars> for preparation of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students for a deeper understanding of grammar and English, <Lecture Courses in Japanese Studies> focusing on Japanese culture, society, history and art, and <Lecture Courses in International Studies> for having international insights into the world history, business and media studies.

Experiencing Japanese culture in the heart of Kyoto


The Center for Japanese Language and Culture is located on the Imadegawa Campus right to the north of the Kyoto Imperial Palace in the heart of Kyoto. Through classes and extracurricular activities, the Center offers various opportunities to learn about Japanese traditional culture, by making good use of our location in Kyoto, ancient capital with a history and tradition of 1,200 years. The classes and extracurricular activities include:

  • Calligraphy
  • Flower arrangement
  • Tea ceremony
  • Kimono dressing
  • Traditional handicraft tours
  • Ink brush painting
  • Japanese harp “koto”
  • Japanese cooking
  • Traditional events and festivals, etc.

About the system of “admission by recommendation” to Doshisha University


Students at the Bekka program are eligible to apply for “admission by recommendation” to the undergraduate and graduate programs of Doshisha University. In 2012, admission by recommendation is available at School of Theology, Faculties of Letters, Social Studies, Law, Economics, Commerce, Policy Studies, Culture and Information Science, Science and Engineering, Life and Medical Sciences, Health and Sports Science, Psychology, and Global Communications (Japanese Course), Institute of International Education, and Graduate Schools of Commerce, Culture and Information Science, Policy and Management, Global Studies, and Business.

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