Ritsumeikan University

Introduction

Why choose English-medium Undergraduate programs in Ritsumeikan University?

English-medium Undergraduate Programs

Conducting all courses in English, the programs enable access to the variety of academic courses for students not good enough at Japanese. On the other hand, international students also have opportunities to learn Japanese in regular courses after entering these programs in order to make the most of their student life in Japan.

Student Diversity

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Student diversity is one of the most attractive features of RU. In 2017, 1890 degree-seeking international students from 61 countries studied in our graduate and undergraduate programs. RU always gives you a lot of chances to meet students from areas with very different culture. Student diversity makes your university life exciting and contributes to your fruitful academic activities in Japan.



Great Locations

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Ritsumeikan University has four campuses in the Kansai region. English-medium undergraduate degree programs are offered at three of these campuses.

Global Studies Major is based at Kinugasa Campus in northwest Kyoto City.

Community and Regional Policy Studies Major is based at Osaka Ibaraki Campus which opened in 2015 in Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture.

Information Systems Science and Engineering Course, a brand new program from 2017, is based at the Biwako - Kusatsu Campus in Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture.

The three cities are within easy reach of each other.

From Kyoto to Ibaraki (Osaka) and to Kusatsu (Shiga) takes just 20 to 30 minutes by train.

Unlimited Opportunities for Students

Opportunities beyond Japan

Ritsumeikan University has study abroad agreements with more than 130 universities in 30 countries and regions. Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs or fieldworks overseas depending on their majors and academic fields.

In addition, RU operates the Dual Undergraduate Degree Program (DUDP), in which students can earn bachelor’s degrees from both RU and allied universities.

Student Activities and Support

RU offers many programs such as off-campus voluntary activities, internships, on-campus peer support activities and various kinds of clubs and circles run by the students.

International students with a student Visa can apply for tuition reduction scholarships. Accommodation in a furnished apartment or off campus dormitory is available for students of English-medium undergraduate programs providing the students with a good environment to concentrate on their study and day-to-day communicate with other students.

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Scholarships for International Students

Tuition Reduction Scheme

Below is information about the tuition reduction scheme for 2017 admissions.

  • 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.

Ritsumeikan University at a Glance

  • Ritsumeikan University was selected by the Japanese government as one of the universities for the “Top Global University Project” in 2014. Selected universities are required to actively promote globalization among Japanese universities.
  • Founded in 1900, Ritsumeikan boasts a history of over 110 years.
  • RU is an integrated university with 14 colleges and 21 graduate schools.
  • We have 4 Campuses in Kyoto City, Kyoto prefecture, Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture, and Ibaraki City Osaka Prefecture.
  • RU has a worldwide alumni network with 24 overseas branches.
  • 1890 degree-seeking international students from 61 countries, Plus 180 non-degree international students from 27 countries in 2017AY.
  • RU was ranked No.1 for the most foreign faculty members in a Japanese university in 2016AY.
  • RU has a global network of 435 partner institutions worldwide. We also have study abroad agreements with 137 universities in 30 countries and regions.
  • 99+% of international students in the English-medium undergraduate programs who applied for scholarships received financial aid in 2016AY.
  • More than 95% of international graduates successfully got jobs in 2014AY.
  • RU was ranked No.3 in QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2015(Pilot) among Japanese private universities.
  • RU has 450+ student clubs and circles of all kinds, including sports, arts, Japanese culture and everything in between.
  • RU was ranked No.1 in commissioned research by private-sector industries nationwide in 2015FY.
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This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Japanese

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Programs

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Bachelor of Engineering –Information Systems Science and Engineering Course (ISSE)

Campus Full time 4 years April 2018 Japan Kusatsu Kyoto + 1 more

Students in the Information Systems Science and Engineering Course develop the information systems engineering skills necessary to work anywhere in the world and bring imagination and technical competence to every kind of project and organization, while also maintaining the powerful benefits of their own unique personalities and cultures. 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. [+]

Academics The College of Information Science and Engineering was established in 2004 in the context of growing need of Information and Communication Technology. Being renowned as the largest faculty in this field in Japan, in 2017, Ritsumeikan University moved on to the next challenge to launch a new English-medium program in response to big demand of the IT knowledge and skill worked in the international society. The main focus of education in the Information Systems Science and Engineering Course (ISSE) is to train people who can work in this quickly evolving technical world, as team members, as innovators, and as leaders. Students in the Information Systems Science and Engineering Course develop the information systems engineering skills necessary to work anywhere in the world and bring imagination and technical competence to every kind of project and organization, while also maintaining the powerful benefits of their own unique personalities and cultures. 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. Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Engineering Duration: 4 years Language of Instruction: English Yearly Intake: 50 students Enrollment: April Location: Biwako - Kusatsu Campus Program Design During the first year, students learn about the project lifecycle around which the Project-Based Learning courses are framed. After becoming acquainted with projects and labs, as well as getting the foundations of information science, in their second year, students begin to work as team members. At the same time, and moving... [-]

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Bachelor of Arts in International Relations - Global Studies Major (GS)

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Japan Kyoto

In today’s world, almost all issues are global and complex. An ability to understand and analyze global affairs from an interdisciplinary perspective will be essential whatever you pursue in the future. Global Studies Major is designed to give students the skills and knowledge to succeed in the globalized world. [+]

The College of International Relations was established in 1988, as the first college of IR in west Japan. It is one of Japan’s leading faculties of this academic field. Academics In today’s world, almost all issues are global and complex. An ability to understand and analyze global affairs from an interdisciplinary perspective will be essential whatever you pursue in the future. Global Studies Major is designed to give students the skills and knowledge to succeed in the globalized world. Degree: Bachelor of Arts in International Relations Language: English Duration: 4 years Graduate prospects: Global Studies Major is designed to allow students to enter a range of international careers or to go onto further studies. Graduates from the College of International Relations have in the past found jobs as diplomats, international business people, NGO employees, Media professionals, etc Enrolment: April / September Three Core Courses (1) Governance and Peace Cluster Keywords : International Law, Peace and Conflict Studies, Security Studies, International Human Rights, International Organizations (2) Development and Sustainability Cluster Keywords : Global Environmental Issues, Development Studies, Microeconomics, International Finance, International Trade and Investment, Global Civil Society and Development (3) Culture and Society Cluster Keywords : Cultural Awareness and Communication, Media and Society, Topics in Identity, International Migration, Race and Ethnicity and Modern World For more information on GS curriculum, check out the program website: http://en.ritsumei.ac.jp/ir/gs/ Entry Requirements For entry requirements and other application information, refer to the below website: http://en.ritsumei.ac.jp/e-ug/apply/gs/gs_apply.html/ [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Policy Science - Community and Regional Policy Studies Major (CRPS)

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Japan Osaka Kyoto + 1 more

The College of Policy Science was established in 1994 in response to a growing need for an interdisciplinary approach to solving the increasingly complex issues in the society and is now one of the leading centers in the study of policy in Japan. [+]

The College of Policy Science was established in 1994 in response to a growing need for an interdisciplinary approach to solving the increasingly complex issues in the society and is now one of the leading centers in the study of policy in Japan. Academics Carefully formulated, well implemented policies have the power to transform people's lives. Students of policy science learn how to unleash that power by combining advanced academic knowledge in several disciplines with a focus on solving real-life problems. Issues such as poverty, demographic shifts, urbanization, and environmental change are recognized as global challenges, but they all demand locally situated responses. Policy science connects the global and the local, cultivating advanced practitioners to deliver creative solutions which satisfy all stakeholders. Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Policy Science Major: Community and Regional Policy Studies Language: English Length: 4 years Enrollment Period: September Core Programs Sustainable Urban Policy Keywords : Urban Planning for Sustainable Cities, Community Safety, Housing and Policy Regional Economy and Development Keywords : Development Economics, Regional Development, Economic Institutions, Public Economics, International Trade and Finance Multi-level Governance Keywords : Inter-Government Relations and Cooperation, Global Public Policies, Public Management, Constitutional Law, Social Policies For more information on CRPS curriculum, check out the program website: http://en.ritsumei.ac.jp/ps/ Great reasons to choose the College of Policy Science Reason1: Faculty members from a variety of background Some of our faculty members are science-oriented social engineers who specialize in urban planning, architecture, and environmental studies, while others are social scientists who specialize in... [-]

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