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Call for applications for the Student Exchange with Doshisha University


Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit their applications by 7 February for the Student Exchange with Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Since 2009, this annual exchange has enabled St Catharine’s students to study at one of the oldest universities in Japan, at the Imadegawa campus occupying the city block adjacent to the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.

About the scheme

One successful applicant will go to Kyoto for a full academic year, where they will join the Center for Japanese Language and Culture at Doshisha University. Whilst some basic understanding (or better) of Japanese is necessary, advanced knowledge is not required. Prior school study, study in Cambridge via the University Language Centre, or attendance at the Doshisha Summer Programme in August of a previous year, would all constitute an adequate basis for an application. The nominated student will also be admitted to the academic courses run by the appropriate Faculty at Doshisha, if and when sufficiently proficient in Japanese language. 

For further information about the Student Exchange, St Catharine’s students can refer to a recent email sent by Student Services. Any intending applicants should also discuss their application with their Director of Studies.

Life at Doshisha University: A student’s perspective

Yukino Nakajima is currently enjoying a year at St Catharine’s as part of the Student Exchange. After living elsewhere in Japan, the USA and China, Yukino has been based in Kyoto since she was 14 years old and is enrolled at Doshisha University – and she generously shared a few personal insights into life at Doshisha:

“Founded in 1875, Doshisha’s location in the heart of Kyoto helps visitors become familiar with the Imperial Palace and other historical sites between classes. As a leading university in Japan, there are lots of exchange students at Doshisha so I’m sure a St Catharine’s student would feel very welcome and soon get to know others. I’d recommend participating in the wide range of extra-curricular activities available: from sailing and basketball to Double Dutch, which I’ve even competed in for the university (pictured below).

“There are also many local students like me at Doshisha so you will be able to benefit from ‘insider’ knowledge about the city. Kyoto is Japan’s second biggest city - take your pick of restaurants, karaoke and other entertainments! It’s really well connected if you want jump on a bullet train to explore the rest of the country.”

For further information about Doshisha University, visit