Why choose English-medium Undergraduate programs in Ritsumeikan University?
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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