Founded in 1875, Doshisha University is a comprehensive private educational system comprising multiple institutions from kindergarten through graduate and professional schools. The university’s relations with some of AKP’s member institutions go back to before its inception, when Doshisha’s founder, Neesima Jo, graduated from Amherst College in 1870. The historical ties with Amherst and, after World War II, with Carleton College formed the foundation on which the Associated Kyoto Program was established.
Doshisha University supports AKP in many ways. In addition to classrooms, Doshisha has generously made available a number of spaces on its Imadegawa Campus, including a student lounge and offices for our administrative staff and faculty. AKP students also have access to the university library, cafeterias, and other public areas. Doshisha serves as our official legal sponsor, enabling AKP to obtain student visas. They also provide student ID cards and extend special student status.
Learn more about the university on its English-language website.