AKP at Doshisha

Doshisha University, founded in 1875, has had relations with some of the Associated Kyoto Program’s sponsoring institutions since the beginning of its history. The founder of Doshisha, Nijima Jo, graduated from Amherst College in 1870. Doshisha’s historical ties with Amherst and, after World War II, Carleton College, formed the foundation on which the AKP was established.

Doshisha University, one of Japan’s leading private institutions of higher learning, supports the AKP in many ways. In addition to classrooms, Doshisha has generously made available a number of spaces, including a small library, student lounge, and offices for our administrative staff and faculty. Doshisha serves as an official legal sponsor, enabling the AKP to obtain student visas; they also provide student ID cards and extend special student status, including email and library access.

Learn more about the University on its English-language website.


AKP Center at Taishinkan

Kyoto Program Center

Located in a handsome nineteenth-century brick building on the grounds of Doshisha University’s Imadegawa campus, the AKP Center is nestled amidst shade trees and historical buildings, including five designated by the government as historical monuments. Sites of Kyoto’s rich cultural history are only a five-minute walk away; across the street to the south are the forested grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Park, and adjoining the campus to the north is Shokokuji, a major Zen Buddhist monastery complex. With a subway station at Doshisha’s west gate and major bus routes skirting the campus, it’s a breeze to connect from the AKP Center to anywhere in the Kyoto area.

Study on the beautiful Doshisha University campus, in the heart of Kyoto. Apply now to AKP.