Study in Japan at Doshisha University, one of the most prominent private universities in Japan with a long and proud tradition. It is located in Kyoto, which is renowned as the ancient capital where the traditional cultures representing Japan have been preserved. The campus is in the middle of two prominent historical sites, the Imperial Palace, which preserves the atmosphere of the Heian dynasty, and Shoku-Ji temple, which inherits the Zen culture.
When is the program offered?
Students attend the program in the summer. The dates vary but the classes normally begin mid July and last through early August. Upon completion of courses, students can opt for extended travel time before returning to the states.
When and how do students apply?
Applications are available during the spring semester and may be picked up in the Department of Modern Languages (Jennings 107). The deadline for the summer program is usually around the end of February. All interested students should contact the program director well in advance to discuss deadlines.
Who is eligible to participate?
All students, regardless of major, are eligible. There is a basic language requirement set by the University in Japan to have taken at least Elementary Japanese or to be able to communicate at an elementary level.
What courses are offered?
Students can receive credit for 6 hours of Japanese language and culture, 1 hour of P.E. and 1 credit of chapel.
Are the course credits “MC credits” or do they transfer into MC?
Mississippi College is a “partner institution” of Doshisha University in Kyoto. This means that students enroll at MC and register as if they were taking courses on-campus. The courses that they will actually take in Japan correspond to course numbers offered here. That way, students earn MC credit while learning abroad. There is no risk in losing credits trough transferring hours.
Does the program include excursions to other cities?
There are guided excursions and "hands-on" experiences included in the program while studying at Doshisha University. Students may choose to travel independently, as well, to other parts of Asia upon completing the coursework in Kyoto.
Where do students live?
Students live in university housing with other international students from around the world.
How much does the program cost?
Each summer the program costs vary, but are comparable to studying on campus at MC. The program costs include tuition at MC and in Japan, housing, and some meals. The program cost does not include airfare and independent travel. Specific details about program costs are discussed in orientation meetings with the program director. Meetings occur early in the spring semester.
Is financial aid available?
Financial aid is available for external funds, such as grant and loans. MC scholarships do not apply in the summer. Students should contact a financial aid counselor for details.
For further questions, contact Study Abroad director:
Dr. Beth Stapleton
Office: Jennings 107