Ritsumeikan University

Introduction

Why choose English-medium Undergraduate programs in Ritsumeikan University?

English-medium

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Do you think it is always necessary to show your Japanese skills to get admission to Japanese universities? Ritsumeikan University does not require Japanese proficiency for students at the time of admission to our English-medium Undergraduate Programs.

Conducting all courses in English except Japanese Language courses, the programs enable access to the variety of academic courses for students not good enough at Japanese.

In some courses, 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 2015, 1341 degree-seeking international students from 47 countries studied in our graduate and undergraduate courses. RU always give you a lot of chances to meet students both from countries familiar to you and 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.

The Global studies Major is based at the Kinugasa Campus in northwest Kyoto City.

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

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

The 3 cities are within easy reach of each other.

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

Unlimited Opportunities for Students

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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 dependent 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.

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Student Activities and Support

RU offer many programs such as off-campus voluntary activities, internships at outside organizations, on-campus peer support activities and student clubs of various kinds.

We have many facilities and systems to support students. Financial and housing support schemes for international students are among those. International students with a student visa are able to get a tuition reduction scholarship. International dormitories or furnished apartments for international students enable them to have a good environment for life as university students.

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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

Part-time work

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.

Ritsumeikan University at a glance

  • Ritsumeikan University was selected by the Japanese Government as 1 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 20 graduate schools.
  • We have 4 Campuses in the Kyoto City Kinugasa Area, Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture, and Ibaraki City Osaka Prefecture.
  • RU has a worldwide alumni network with 24 overseas branches.
  • 1622 degree-seeking international students from 58 countries, Plus 180 non-degree international students from 27 countries in 2016AY.
  • RU was ranked No.1 for the most foreign faculty members in a Japanese university in 2015AY.
  • RU has a global network of 435 partner institutions worldwide. And we have study abroad agreements with 137 universities in 30 countries and regions.
  • 99+% of international students who applied for scholarships in the English-medium undergraduate programs received financial aid 2014AY.
  • More than 95% of international graduates who sought jobs successfully got jobs in 2014AY.
  • RU was ranked No.3 in QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2015(Pilot) among Japanese private universities.
  • RU has 600+ 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 2014FY.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Japanese

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Programs

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Bachelor

Bachelor in International Relations - Global Studies

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Japan Kyoto

The College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University 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. [+]

The College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University 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. Two Majors of International Relations The College of International Relations offers two majors: the International Relations Major (Japanese language-based) and the Global Studies Major (English-based). The Global Studies Major program began in April of 2011. Both programs challenge students' views on international issues and prepare students for future international careers and graduate schools. Students in each of the majors can enroll in courses in the other major (cross-enrollment). There are exceptions for a few courses, but for lecture courses, students in the International Relations Major (Japanese-based) can take up to half of their courses in English, and students in the Global Studies Major (English-based) can take up to half of their courses in Japanese. Three Programs (1) Governance and Peace Program Students will learn about the changing state of the international order from four angles. Students will: gain a basic understanding of the history of the formation of the current international order; learn about the legal systems that support the current international order; analyze regional politics around the world; and research methods of conflict resolution/peace realization. The ultimate goal of this program is the pursuit of a fair and peaceful international order. (2) Development and Sustainability Program By looking at balanced development that is sustainable in all regions, nations, and societies around the world, students will research how beneficial... [-]

Bachelor in Policy Science - Community and Regional Policy Studies

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

The College of Policy Science was established at Ritsumeikan University in 1994 and is now one of the leading centers in the study of policy in Japan. The end of the 20th Century brought with it problems involving environmental issues, urban issues, and economic gap, signaling the limits of industrialized society. [+]

Responding to the needs of society by establishing the College of Policy Science The College of Policy Science was established at Ritsumeikan University in 1994 and is now one of the leading centers in the study of policy in Japan. The end of the 20th Century brought with it problems involving environmental issues, urban issues, and economic gap, signaling the limits of industrialized society. Subsequently, demand for the innovation of various social sciences in order to solve these new problems increased. This led to the creation of the College of Policy Science, which created courses involving both general and interdisciplinary social sciences, to lead the way in solving the social problems of the 20th Century. English-based Undergraduate Degree Program : Community and Regional Policy Studies Major The College of Policy Science has offered the English-based Community and Regional Policy Studies Major since it was launched in 2013, marking the College's 20th anniversary. There are three programs in the major: Sustainable Urban Policy Program This program focuses on urban planning, environmental and housing policies, community development, and disaster prevention in communities, and aims to achieve sustainable urban development and solve environmental issues. Regional Economy and Development Program This program focuses on regional development, international trade and finance, development economics, public economics, and economic systems as a framework to develop regional economies. Multi-level Governance Program This program focuses on multi-level governance, international public policy, national and local government cooperation, constitutional law, public administration, and social welfare policy. Recent Developments at the College... [-]

Bachelor of Engineering in Information Systems Science (ISSE)

Campus Full time 4 years April 2017 Japan Kusatsu Kyoto + 1 more

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 [+]

Program Overview: 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 Enrollment: April Location: Biwako Kusatsu Campus Program Design 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... [-]

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