AKP at Doshisha University

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 the very beginning of its history, when its 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. In January 1971, faculty members from Amherst College, Carleton, College, Connecticut College, Mount Holyoke College, Williams College, and Wesleyan University met at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst, Massachusetts, and organized the program. The other AKP institutions joined the consortium between 1973 and 2008.

Doshisha University supports AKP in many ways. In addition to classrooms, Doshisha has generously made available a number of spaces, including a student lounge, a joint library for English-language resources, 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.

AKP Center at Taishinkan

AKP Kyoto Center

The Kyoto Center occupies part of a handsome nineteenth century
brick building on the main (Imadegawa) campus of Doshisha University in north central Kyoto. Graced with shade, trees and vintage buildings, including five designated by the government as historical monuments, the Imadegawa campus is one of the most beautiful in Japan. Immediately to the south are the forested grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Park; adjoining the campus to the north is Shōkokuji, a major Zen Buddhist monastery complex. With a subway station at Doshisha’s west gate and major bus routes skirting the campus, the Kyoto Center is easily accessible from anywhere in the Kyoto area.

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