Program and Living Costs

Tuition and Fees

2019 tuition and fees are as follows:

Tuition: $790 per credit hour. 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.

Student Activity Fee: $450 per student

Housing and Living Expenses

Program Housing and Housing Fees

Program housing is located at Guesthouse Inn’s brand new building near Karasuma Oike. These apartments are close to the subway Karasuma Line which runs both to Doshisha University and Kyoto Station. They are also within walking distance of Doshisha and the Imperial Palace. All rooms are furnished and include private kitchens, private bathrooms, and washing machines. Rent includes all utilities and internet access. The location is also within easy walking distance of the central shopping district and many other locations. Costs are as follow:

  • For a double furnished room, the total cost for 31 days including all taxes, utilities, internet access, and a cleaning fee is 107,450 yen per person (at the exchange rate on Feb. 5, 2019 this would be $978 per person). The program will pay $50 per person, which would reduce the cost to $928 per person based on current exchange rates.
  • For a single furnished room, the total cost for 31 days including all taxes, utilities, internet access, and a cleaning fee is 146,200 yen (at the exchange rate on Feb. 5, 2019 this would be $1325). The program will pay $50 per room, which would reduce the cost to $1275 based on current exchange rates.

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)