Program and Living Costs

Tuition and Fees

2020 tuition and fees are as follows:

Total Tuition is $3,975 for five credits. Tuition includes health insurance; an emergency assistance card for immediate telephone access to the MSU Department of Police and Public Safety; emergency medical evacuations; administrative support from the MSU Office of Study Abroad; and routine scanning of U.S. State Department travel warnings.

The only program fee is the Student Activity Fee of $450 per student.

Housing and Living Expenses

Program Housing and Housing Fees

Program housing is at the Hotel Omusubi Nijo-Jo, which is located in one of Kyoto’s most convenient locations. Every unit has a kitchen and washing machine, and the price includes WIFI and all utilities. The housing is within walking distance of Kyoto’s major shopping areas and is only a 5-minute walk from Karasuma-Oike station, which is where both of Kyoto’s main subway lines connect. Doshisha Law School is only two stops from the station on the Karasuma Subway Line and is also about a 30-minute walk from the hotel. It is easy to do much of the walk through the grounds of the Imperial Palace which borders Doshisha University.

The program subsidizes $120 per student for housing so the total cost per student for a double room based on the exchange rate as of 1/16/2020 would be $863 (including WIFI, kitchen utensils and all utilities). The hotel also has double rooms for single use for those who want a single room. The total cost per student for a single room based on the exchange rate as of 1/16/2020 would be $1648 (including WIFI, kitchen utensils and all utilities). The program also has access to three slightly less expensive single rooms at a nearby facility. The total cost per student for these rooms based on the exchange rate as of 1/16/2020 would be $1483 (including WIFI, kitchen utensils and all utilities).

Here is a link to the website for the Hotel Omusubi Nijo-Jo: https://hotel-omusubi.com/en/nijo/

Other Housing Opportunities

Kyoto is an affordable city and other housing options are available to those who make housing arrangements well in advance of arriving. Links to several affordable and convenient western-style accommodations are posted below.

The public transit system in Kyoto is excellent, and the Imadegawa campus of Doshisha University is located right next to a stop on the Karasuma line of Kyoto's clean and efficient subway system. The other subway line, called the Tozai line, intersects with Karasuma line at Karasuma-Oike, only a few stops from the campus.

Two important factors as you consider housing are that any housing you select should ideally be near campus on a direct bus line, or near one of the subway lines (the Karasuma or Tozai lines) and should have air conditioning. Kyoto can be quite hot in the Summer and air conditioning is a must for those who are accustomed to it. The good news is that virtually all hotels and many apartments have air conditioning. Just be sure to verify this. The following are links to potential housing for those who do not wish to use program housing. The Doshisha campus is at the intersection of Imadegawa St. and Karasuma St. and there is an exit across from the law school at the Imadegawa stop on the Karasuma subway line (the Karasuma and Tozai subway lines intersect two stops south). A number of buses also stop right by the campus.

There are numerous restaurants in Kyoto from the inexpensive to the expensive. All sorts of cuisine are available from western to Thai (and, of course, Kyoto has the best Japanese food in the world). Also, students will have access to the Doshisha University cafeterias (which offer good food at extremely low cost) and the Doshisha gym facilities.

Health Insurance

Students are provided health insurance as part of their tuition and there is no extra charge for this coverage. For more details on coverage, please see http://osa.msu.edu/forms/0910_HTH_policy.pdf (PDF)