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Exchanges with international students

One of the distinguishing charateristics of the Graduate School of Global Studies (GSGS) is that international students comprise approximately half of its student body. In addition to students from China, GSGS accepts many students from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and African countries as part of the Japanese government's human resources development support project managed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The mix of students from different historical, cultural and religious backgrounds provides stimulating and invaluable opportunities to engage in multicultural communication.


The Graduate School of Global Studies has held the Iftar Dinner in cooperation with Doshisha University International Center and Co-op every year since 2012. Not only Muslims but also many non-Muslim participants enjoy their cultural exchange while having the ethnic foods and “Obanzai”, the traditional home style cooking of Kyoto.

“Iftar” literally means to break fasting, especially in the month of Ramadan. It is also the name ascribed to the meal that breaks the fasting period. Culturally, the Iftar meal is one of the most pleasant times for Muslims, who wait in patience without eating, drinking and violating other fasting restrictions such as using abusive language, from sunrise to sunset of each day.
The completion of fasting is amomentous occasion and it is common custom in the Muslim world to invite each other for an Iftar meal to celebrate each other's achievement. The invitations are not restricted to Muslims only; non-Muslims are also invited to join.