Ritsumeikan has become an integrated academy with a rich culture of individuality and international awareness accommodating a total of 49,000 students. The current Ritsumeikan Academy has campuses in Kyoto, Shiga, Hokkaido, and Oita and encompasses two universities, four high schools, four junior high schools, and one primary school. Ritsumeikan fosters the learning and development of individual talents in order to nurture just and ethical global citizens.
Website of University: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/eng/
Website for inbound exchange students:http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/eng/international_programs/skp/index.shtml
Academic calendar: See attached fact sheet
Spring 2016 Semester: August 3 – October 30, 2015
Fall 2016 Semester: January 13, 2016 – March 31, 2016
1)Currently enrolled in an institution of higher education for at least one year prior to the commencement of the program
2) Have graduated from an institution of higher education with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
3) Native speaker of English or possess a minimum TOEFL score of iBT 68/PBT 520 (or its equivalent)*
3. APPLICATION PROCEDURES
A completed application form with supporting documents must arrive at the International Center by the application deadline. Applications are accepted twice a year in both fall and spring. Students applying under an Agreement for Student Exchange with RU must submit their applications through the study abroad office at their institution. All other students should submit their applications directly to the International Center. All application materials must arrive at the International Center by the posted deadline.
View detail: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/eng/html/admissions/program_jp/skp/skp_ 04.html/
4. APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
1) Application Form (IJL/OSE/BT)
2) Health Certificate Form
3) Nomination Form for Coordinators
Ritsumeikan University manages three dormitories for international students, International House Tokiwa, International House Utano, and International House Taishogun. All of which are close to campus. However, several students are placed in alternative housing each semester due to capacity issues.
2. ESTIMATED LIVING EXPENSES
Basic Food: Approximately 45,000 yen per month Housing: 36,000 to 50,000 yen per month, depending on location and type. Local transportation: Approximately 8,500 yen per month for students commuting by public transportation Textbooks: Approximately 10,000 yen per semester Health Insurance: 18,000 yen (for 10 months) Liability Insurance: Approximately 3,000 yen per year
3. VISA REQUIREMENTS
Each SKP student is required to obtain a student visa prior to coming to Japan. RU will act as a guarantor during the term of the program and will apply to the Japanese Ministry of Justice for the Certificate of Eligibility required for each student’s visa application. Once issued, this certificate will be forwarded to all successful applicants. Applicants will then need to present the certificate to their local Japanese embassy or consulate when making their visa application. All applicants are advised to contact their country’s Japanese embassy or local consulate directly to determine what other documents will need to be submitted and how long the process will take.
Students from partner universities are eligible for two scholarships through Ritsumeikan: JASSO and RUSSES. http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/eng/html/admissions/program_jp/skp/skp_ 05.html/
International Program Officer
Mr. TJ Rayson or Ms. Hiroko Ozeki