Doshisha University

Doshisha Elementary School was opened in April 2006, some 130 years after Doshisha was originally founded in 1875. This opening finally brought to fruition the dream of an integrated educational system “from kindergarten through to university”, a strongly-held ambition of Doshisha's founder Joseph Hardy Neesima. Under the founding philosophy of “conscience education” and affirming the educational philosophy of “Christianity”, “liberalism” and “internationalism”, Doshisha's integrated educational system adapts to the particular stage of development of each school within the Doshisha to ensure the steadfast deployment of comprehensive education embracing intellect, morality and physical strength. Our aim is to develop people who can live fulfilling lives by their conscience; that is to say people with an autonomous and independent spirit who are humanitarian and have a deep respect for the individual; people of integrity and strong morals, who can show creativity on the international stage.



141 years ago, Joseph Hardy Neesima broke new ground in Japanese education and sowed the seeds of liberal learning in people’s mind, which have been passed down over generations. Neesima’s vision formed the basis of Doshisha, and has always been present as Doshisha has evolved.


'It is not the power of a few heroes that maintains a nation. Education, knowledge, wisdom, and integrity are central to those who build and run society. We, at Doshisha, aim to produce individuals with such characteristics. It is ingrained in our ethos that our ultimate purpose lies in nurturing the people, who shall be called ‘the conscience of the nation’.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Humanities (1)
Social Sciences (1)

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Medical services

  • If you feel at all unwell, examination and treatment (internal medicine only) is available through the Health Center, at locations on both Campuses.
  • The Health Center operates periodical health examinations on both campuses in April each year. Please be sure to take these examinations in order to keep healthy during your time as a Doshisha student.

Student Life

Campus life

  • The Tokyo Satellite Campus is the hub for Doshisha’s education, research, university reform and other activities in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
  • The Osaka Satellite Campus is used as the Career Center’s Osaka Job Search Support Office and for evening classes in the Business School.
  • A venue for “Christian education and international exchange,” the Biwako Retreat Center was constructed as one of Doshisha’s 125th anniversary commemorative projects.
  • Banseisodo Campus is located on the shore of Lake Yamanaka, one of the five lakes (Fuji-goko) around Mt. Fuji.
  • Seymour House - holiday home of Miss Ellen Seymour, an English teacher at Doshisha. Currently used by students and teachers of Doshisha as a summer house.