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Extracurricular Activities (Clubs and Circles)

Students participate in about 400 club and circle activities.

Clubs and Circles

Being a student is one of the most important and memorable experiences of a person’s life. In addition to academic pursuits, extracurricular activities make up a valuable part of the overall university experience. Students can develop their social and interpersonal skills by getting involved in running organizations. This will help to improve their teamwork skills, and ability to build meaningful relationship with friends and peers, as well as with junior and senior students. Responsibility, good judgment and endurance can also be developed during such activities.
At Doshisha University, there are about 170 official extracurricular activity groups and 240 groups registered with the Student Support Services Center in a wide range of areas including arts, sports and culture. The groups range from those with a long tradition at the university to those more connected with contemporary culture, and all are run by the students themselves. The university supports these activities within the scope of nurturing individuals with the spirit of autonomy and self-reliance. Both the Imadegawa and Kyotanabe campuses house various facilities related to many of the extracurricular activities.

Extracurricular Activities- Website ‘D-Live’

Extracurricular Activities- Website ‘D-Live’


D-Live keeps students up to date on what’s happening on campus outside the classroom,
featuring a wide range of activities of student clubs and circles, such as recent results and upcoming games of sports groups, event schedules of music groups and research presentations of academic groups. Students can also find information on extracurricular programs organized by the Student Support Services Center, as well as movies, plays and concerts offered on campus.

List of the extracurricular activity groups (officially approved)

Cultural group
(19 categories)
No. of club
2Cheering supporters4
4Christian association3
5Cultural 16
6Cultural 27
8Human science study7
10International study8
11Light music8
13Musical instrument4
14Natural science study6
16Social science study5
17Student multimedia1
18Traditional culture3
19Traditional performing arts6
97 clubs
Sports group
(4 categories)
No. of club
1Indoor sports10
2Outdoor sports7
3Mountain climbing5
4Off-campus sports6
28 clubs

Varsity Sports Teams

  • Head Office
  • Sports Atom Editorial Office
  • Aikido
  • Alpine
  • American football
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Automobile
  • Aviation
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycle race
  • Board sailing
  • Boating
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Horseback riding
  • Iaido
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Kendo
  • Kyudo
  • Lacrosse
  • Nippon Kempo
  • Rifle shooting
  • Rubber baseball
  • Rugby
  • Semi-hard baseball
  • Shorinji Kempo
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Soft tennis
  • Softball
  • Speed skating
  • Sumo
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Wandervogel
  • Wrestling
  • Yacht