, or is a private university
. It has 24,000 students on three campuses, in faculties of theology
, letters, law
, commerce, economics
, policy, and engineering
. It also has graduate programs in American studies and policy and management. Tuition and fees average ¥850,000 ($7,000) a year for liberal arts majors, and are higher for science and engineering majors.
It was founded by an ex-samurai named Niijima Jō. Niijima sneaked out of Japan in 1864, at the age of twenty-one, and found his way to Boston, Massachusetts, where he attended Phillips Academy, Amherst College, and Andover Theological Seminary under the name Joseph Hardy Neesima. After he returned to a Westernizing Japan in 1875, he founded in Kyoto. Canadian Methodist missionary G. G. Cochran played a role in the establishment of Doshisha University, and his contribution to the improvement of Japan's educational system is considered an important episode in the early history of Japanese-Canadian relations. The institution took its present form in by incorporating a law school, normal school, and women's college.
By 1920, Doshisha was a full-fledged university in the Anglo-American tradition. During World War II, its buildings were given Japanese names and its curriculum was stripped of its pro-Western elements, but the pre-war conditions were restored after Japan's surrender.
Amherst College has maintained close ties with Doshisha since its founding. Amherst and Doshisha are considered sister schools and have had a long running student and faculty exchange program that was interrupted only by the Second World War. Additionally, Doshisha collaborates with a consortium of prestigious American liberal arts colleges (including Amherst) to host the Associated Kyoto Program, an 8-month long study abroad program offered every year to students of American colleges.
- Joseph Hardy Neesima (1875-1890)
- Yamamoto Kakuma (1890-1892) Neesima's brother-in-law. Samurai, Captain in the Aizu domain's artillery corps, served at the Hamagurigomon no Hen, and later in the Boshin War.
- Hiromichi Kosaki (1892-1897)
- Tokio Yokoi (1897-1899) Deputy prime minister of Ministry of Communication, member of the House of Representatives of Japan.
- Seito Saibara (1899-1902) Establishment of the U.S. Gulf Coast rice industry in Texas., Japanese politician.
- Kenkichi Kataoka (1902-1904) Speaker of the House of Representatives; the Lower House Speaker.
- Kotaro Shimomura (1904-1907) Chemical engineer, President of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd, Formation of Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.
- Harada Tasuku (1907-1920) The University of Hawaii pioneered the study of Japan in the U.S. starting with the appointment of Dr. Tasuku Harada as the first professor of Japanese Studies, Establishment of Institute of Pacific Relations, Yale Divinity School BD 1891, University of Hawaii LLD, University of Edinburgh LLD, Amherst College DD.
- Danjō Ebina (1920-1929)
- Gintaro Daikobara (1929-1935) Agricultural scientist, President of Kyushu University.
- Hachiro Yuasa (1935-1941) Entomologist, President of International Christian University.
- Toraji Makino (1941-1947)
- Hachiro Yuasa (1947-1950)
- Setsuji Ōtsuka (1950-1963)
- Sumiya Etsuji (1963-1985) Kyoto newspaper Chief Executive, meeting with Zhou Enlai, teacher of Japanese economic history in Italy's Padova University.
- Naozō Ueno (1975-1985)
- Yoshinori Matsuyama (1985-2001)
- Minoru Ōya (2001-)
- Yoshihiro Shimizu: Japan Pearl Exporters' Association President. Chairman of Hosei Co. Ltd.
- Yuji Ijiri: Academic expert in accounting, President of the American Accounting Association, Carnegie Mellon University Professor.
- Choichiro Yatani: Psychologist, The State University of New York Professor.
- Yun Dongju:Korean poet.
- David Zoppetti: Writer.
- Jeffrey L Bergland: Talent, Professor of Tezukayama Gakuin University.
- Chuck Wilson: Fitness coordinator, also known as gaikokujin tarento in Japan.
- Hatsuo Ishida: Macromolecular Scientist, Professor of Case Western Reserve University, Visiting Professor, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Mainz, Germany.
- Nagayoshi Nakano: Vice president and director in Gartner's Research organization, Associate editor for the Journal of Electronics and Engineering.
- Nobukatsu Abe: President, ITP Strategic.
- Hiroaki Sato: President, the Haiku Society of America, Professor of Japanese Letters from 1985 to 1991, Visiting Faculty in Literature since 1992, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, North Carolina. Adjunct Faculty since October 1998, the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
- Toshu Fukami: Conductor, He has honorary doctorates from Edith Cowan University and Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia and is a tenured visiting professor of Japanese studies at China's Zhujiang University.
- Toshu Fukami: President, Piqua Technologies, Inc.
- Abe Iso: Christian socialist in Japan, Chairman of Shakaitaishuto.
- Glenn Horiuchi:The Japanese American pianist and shamisen player.
- Senei Ikenobo:President, Japan Ikebana Art Association.
- Harukiyo Hasegawa: Japanese business studies, the Director of the University of Sheffield's Centre for Japanese Studies.
- Hiromitsu Kaneda: Economist, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis.
- Aki Kuroda: Painter, artist.
- Shingai Tanaka: President of Sho International,Honorary vice-president of Kyoto Calligraphers Association,President of Bokushin Calligraphy School,A member of Kyoto City Art & Culture Foundation,An honorary member of Art & Culture promoting Committee of Shimogyo-ward, Kyoto City,Special instructor of Kyoto Saga Art College.
- Paul Miwa: Chancellor of the UH-Hilo campus, Vice president for academic affairs of the State University of New York at Albany.
- Shannon Gilligan: Author of interactive fiction and computer games.
- Yoshi Sano:President and Founder of Pacific Alliance Group, an investment banking firm specializing in assisting clients in cross border mergers.
- Akihiko Izukura: CEO of Hinaya. inc.
- Naojiro Murakami: Chief of Literature department of National Taiwan University and President of Sophia University .
- Shinichi Sakata: Economist, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of British Columbia.
- Virginia Ariga: Linguistics professor of McMaster University.
- Tsuneyasu Miyamoto: Professional footballer with Gamba Osaka and captain of the Japan national football team
- Masaki Sumitani:Television performer.
- Gunpei Yokoi: Famed Nintendo employee responsible for Metroid, Kid Icarus and the Game Boy, among other creations.
Addresses of campuses
- Imadegawa Campus
- Karasuma-Higashiiru Imadegawa-Dori Kamigyo Ward Kyoto City
- Kyotanabe Campus
- Miyakodani Tatara Kyotanabe City,Kyoto-Fu Prefecture