In the new world of information and communication technology, where exclusively local markets are rapidly disappearing, globallyoriented technical and social skills are essential to the survival of nearly every organization and occupation. The Information Systems Science and Engineering Course educates students to become
Bachelors 2016/2017 in Kusatsu Japan.
In the new world of information and communication technology, where exclusively local markets are rapidly disappearing, globally oriented technical and social skills are essential to the survival of nearly every organization and occupation. The Information Systems Science and Engineering Course educates students to become professionals who would be productive members of information technology teams anywhere in the world, with the experience and knowledge to develop practical and creative solutions to new problems. The program lays a foundation in the basics of
engineering and the technical competency to work flexibly with continually evolving hardware, software, and user needs. Students in the program develop the information systems engineering skills necessary to work as productive team members and as competent leaders of diverse and dynamic communities and organizations.
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Engineering
Duration: 4 years
Language of Instruction: English
Yearly Intake: 50 students
Location: Biwako Kusatsu Campus
The College of Information Science and Engineering offers the Information Systems Science and Engineering course (ISSE) that builds on recommendations of the Association for Computing
Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), while conforming to the Japanese higher education standards and guidelines. In an increasingly
interdependent world, the program will prepare graduates for diverse roles within interdisciplinary teams, addressing current and projected needs of society, where synergy and mutual understanding are critical to success.
Prospective Career Paths
Possible career paths for graduates of the course may include the following and more:
Big data analyst
e-government system engineer
Global ICT support specialist
Global computer networks specialist
Digital arts and humanities specialist
Message from our Professor
"We established the Information Systems Science and Engineering Course as an inter-disciplinary education, research, and human development program, the first of its kind in the country, aiming to extend the best of Japan’s engineering traditions and welcome young talents from around the world. The Course contends with the best practice, personnel, and facilities of world leading educational institutions. Studying carefully selected fundamental disciplines allows our students to thoroughly prepare themselves for taking on pretty much any current and future information system problems that society may face.
As part of the education process, our students are also engaged in various system development projects where themes span from mechanical engineering and computer science to medicine, welfare and social security, and to education, economics, and the arts. Another distinctive feature of the Course is its international and global character: the working language for all activities is English, and every student project includes external international collaborators.
As someone who has been with the Information Systems Science and Engineering Course since its inception, I am excited to explore new horizons together with people of different cultures, interests, and backgrounds. I personally believe that this diversity is essential to our progress both as human beings and as professionals. Together we can make this vision reality".
Victor Kryssanov, Professor
The Information Systems Science and Engineering Course is project-based learning at its best — offering practical, hands on engineering experience to match the demands of industry leaders in Japan and worldwide. Students join engineering projects from their very first year of study while education is centered around project work throughout the program.
The course offers flexible study plans to complement and foster individual abilities in the best possible way. A combination of fundamental classic science courses and interdisciplinary
engineering practice disciplines allows students to learn both for and from doing. The learning environment as a whole is designed to develop distinctive talents, embracing diverse personalities who will work together to innovate the future world.
The ISSE course provides for a high-quality, globally recognized education that is ideal for students who want to get the most out of their investment. While the living cost in Japan is on par with other developed countries, the tuition fee is significantly lower.
The campus is located in the middle of Japan — the Kansai region, a natural hub linking education, science, and industry in the country and across Asia, North America, Oceania, and Europe. The state-of-the-art infrastructure and the ever growing international community help students to quickly tune in and always stay connected both locally and globally.
Work with Global Leaders
Collaboration with leading academic institutions, such as Oxford University, and the University of Zurich, creates opportunities for academic mobility and integration with top-level research. A range of extracurricular programs and internships provides students with opportunities to test
themselves in the larger world.
Message from a Current Student
"In the College of Information Science and Engineering of Ritsumeikan University I have
the opportunity to work in a very motivating environment. I receive lots of ideas and advice for my research during weekly consultations, enjoy the comfort of state-of-the-art lab equipment, and receive tutoring from highly-skilled and experienced teachers from all over the world. Thanks to the cultural diversity of the college, I can share my thoughts and work together with people from several foreign countries, widening my knowledge about other cultures, languages and professional trends. This bright, inspiring environment broadened my ambitions and helps me work towards achieving them every day".
Péter Ihász, Current Student of the Doctoral Program
Scholarships for International Students
Tuition Reduction Scheme
Below is information about the tuition reduction scheme for 2016 admissions.
The scheme for 2017 admissions is currently under consideration and is subject to change. Details of the scheme will be released on the program websites when they are finalised.
100% tuition waiver
50% tuition reduction
20% tuition reduction
The tuition reduction is offered initially for one year, based on students’ admission evaluation. In second and subsequent years, the tuition reduction is awarded based on students’ grades during the previous year of study.
Other available scholarships for International Students
Examples of scholarships available as of 2016:
JASSO scholarship: 48,000 yen (US$ 427) per month
International Students Assistance Scholarship by RU Faculty/Staff: 250,000 yen (US$ 2,226) per year
International students are allowed to do part-time jobs both on-campus and off-campus in Japan. The number of hours international students are allowed to work is limited to 28 hours
per week (8 hours per day during holidays). Before commencing part-time work, students are required to obtain “Permission to Engage in Activity other than that Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted” (a part-time work permit) from the Japanese Immigration Bureau.
Visa application to study in Japan
After acceptance and completion of the enrollment procedures, the University can apply on behalf of the applicants to the Japanese Immigration Bureau for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
The COE is necessary for international students to apply for a ‘Student Visa’ in their country and obtain a status of residence of ‘Student’ in Japan.
The College of Information Science and Engineering is based at Biwako Kusatsu Campus (BKC) in Kusatsu City, Shiga prefecture located only minutes away from Kyoto and home of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake. Lake Biwa plays an important role in supporting businesses, agriculture and the lives of people throughout western Japan. To this extent, Shiga has become a cluster of hightech industries and an important hub of businesses. In addition, lying next to
the ancient capital Kyoto, Shiga has flourished as an important area linking the cultures of East and West Japan. National treasures such as Hikone Castle and many more historical sites can be found on the beautiful lakeside of Biwa.
Biwako Kusatsu Campus (BKC)
Biwako Kusatsu Campus (BKC) was established in 1994 with the aim of creating a world-class campus which integrates the humanities and sciences. It is the largest campus of RU and has various facilities for cutting-edge research.