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Degree and Credit

Double Degree Programs

Academic Exchange and Double Degree System

In 1998, the Graduate School of Engineering concluded a student exchange agreement with one of France’s grandes ecoles, ‘Ecole Centrale de Lille’, which was a first for a Japanese university. Since then, students of both universities have been conducting joint research both in Japan and France. The students who participated in the joint research earned a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Engineering at Doshisha University, and also, at the same time, a special degree from Ecole Centrale de Lille.

To further deepen and widen the exchange, Doshisha University launched a new exchange program in 2006. Students in the Department of Science and Engineering can participate in this program, as well as graduate students. The program provides students with an opportunity to earn a French diploma in engineering, which happens to be one of the prestigious national degrees in France - the ‘Diplome d’ingenieur’ - as well as a PhD degree at the same time. Doshisha University has also signed the same kind of agreement with five other grandes ecoles. The Department of Life and Medical Sciences first participated in the agreement in 2008.

We hope that our new, internationally-minded engineers will play an active role in the world arena and serve as a bridge between Japan and Europe in the future.

Écoles Centrales

Écoles Centrales
Intergroupe des Écoles CentralesURL
École Centrale de Lillehttp://www.ec-lille.fr/
École Centrale de Lyonhttp://www.ec-lyon.fr/
École Centrale de Marseillehttp://www.ec-marseille.fr/
École Centrale de Nanteshttp://www.ec-nantes.fr/
École Centrale Parishttp://www.ecp.fr/

The Grandes Écoles of France, including institutions of the Groupe des Écoles Centrales, are institutions of higher education, though different from universities. Admission to a Grandes École requires students who have passed the Baccalaurate, which is the final secondary teaching examination, to pass a nationwide entrance examination after taking two years of university preparatory studies. Specifically, the engineering schools of the Groupe des Écoles Centrales aim to nurture general experts in technical fields by providing an education that focuses on the study of a broad range of basic sciences and applied engineering technologies, and internships at companies.

Programs for Simultaneously Acquiring Master's Degrees

  1. Courses for Simultaneously Acquiring a Diplôme d'Ingénieur and a Master’s Degree from Doshisha University
    The Diplôme d'Ingénieur is a special international degree in engineering that can be acquired only at a Grande École. Earning this state qualification requires the completion of studies of regular subjects in the first and second years at a Grande École. Doshisha’s Faculty of Engineering and Graduate School of Science and Engineering are now planning to establish a program designed to enable students who have studied in France for two years during their third and fourth years and have satisfied the requirements for acquiring the state qualifications of France, to simultaneously acquire a master’s degree from Doshisha University and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur upon completing the course of study in the master’s program at Doshisha’s Graduate School of Science and Engineering.

  2. Courses for Simultaneously Acquiring a Mastère Spécialisé and a Master’s Degree from Doshisha University
    This program enables students who are working towards a master’s degree at the Doshisha University Graduate School of Science and Engineering to study in France for one year, conduct joint research, and write their master’s thesis. Students who have completed this program can simultaneously acquire a master’s degree from Doshisha University and a Mastère Spécialisé, which is equivalent to a master’s degree. So far, a total of fifteen Japanese and French students have been awarded double degrees in this program.

Program for Simultaneously Acquiring a Doctoral Degree

This program enables students who are studying in the doctoral program at the Doshisha University Graduate School of Science and Engineering to study at a school in the Groupe des Écoles Centrales that conducts research related to their research, and simultaneously acquire a doctoral degree in engineering from Doshisha University and a Ph.D from France after submitting their doctoral thesis.

For further information, please visitDouble Degree Program (in Japanese)