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Rikkyo University
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Spring
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 10/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
WMU
 Housing Options:
Dorm (single)
 Minimum GPA:
2.5
 Program Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas
Program Description:

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Program Overview

Rikkyo is one of the oldest and most highly respected private universities in Japan, founded in 1874 by the Rt. Rev. Channing Moore Williams, a missionary bishop of the American Episcopal Church. Formerly a men's college, the university now enrolls more than 15,000 men and women and has developed a new Japanese language and culture program for foreign students.  Rikkyo University is located in the northwestern part of the city of Tokyo, in a busy downtown area called Ikebukuro. 

WMU students interested in this exchange program may be able to contact students from the host institution currently studying at WMU. Contact the Haenicke Institute Study Abroad office for information.

Students must complete the application here on BroncosAbroad in order to get study abroad approval by WMU. Additionally, students must complete an application to Rikkyo in order to be accepted into the university's study abroad program. Application materials may be found online through the host university's website.

See the Japanese Programs Quick Comparison sheet for more information about Study abroad programs in Japan: 2013.WMU Study Abroad Programs in Japan - Quick Comparison.pdf

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Location

Rikkyo is located right in the heart of Tokyo, Japan's capital and its cultural, economic, and political center, which is home to more than 12 million people. Rikkyo is located in Toshima Ward, a residential district in the Ikebukuro area. More than one million passengers pass through the Ikebukuro station daily, which offers convenient access to Tokyo's main entertainment district featuring large shopping districts, an underground shopping park, restaurants and movie theaters. Sunshine City, one of Tokyo's most famous landmarks, is located in the city's east section.

Tokyo is a vast metropolis, spreading across the Kanto Plain.  For visitors, nearly everything of interest lies either on or within the JR Yamanote line, the rail-loop that circles central Tokyo and passes through Ikebukuro station, just near Rikkyo's campus.  Ginza is the most famous shopping area in Tokyo.  Ueno Park north of the center has some of Japan's finest museums and galleries.  The Tokyo National Museum holds the world's largest selection of Japanese art; the National Science Museum is packed with scientific marvels; and the Shitamachi History Museum is a re-creation of the plebeian downtown quarters of old Tokyo.

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Academics

Academic Eligibility
Good academic standing. Completion of JPNS 1010 (Business students: Completion of JPNS 1000 recommended).

See the Japanese Programs Quick Comparison sheet for more information about Study abroad programs in Japan: 2011.WMU Study Abroad Programs in Japan- Quick Comparison.pdf

Academic Program
The core of the curriculum consists of Japanese language classes, but each semester Rikkyo provides approximately four Japanese studies courses in English for foreign students.  These may include courses on modern Japanese history, literature, culture and society, intercultural communication, Japan in Asia, politics, and economics.  Japanese language courses are offered at four levels.  The intermediate level is divided into sections A and B.  Section A is designed for students who have previously taken less than 300 classroom hours of Japanese or who are nearly beginners.  Section B is designed for students who have mastered the fundamentals of Japanese grammar. Advanced level courses are designed for students who have mastered the linguistic skills necessary for most everyday social occasions in Japan and who already possess a comprehensive grasp of Japanese sufficient for research and study in the university.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Cost
The program fee includes tuition, fees, WMU health insurance, and orientation.  Each student is responsible for the following costs: housing, meals, airfare, Japanese health insurance, books, local transportation, passport, visa, and personal expenses.  Remember to plan for extra expenses, such as weekend travel, personal spending money, etc.

Several scholarships may be available for this program, including the AIEJ (Japanese government) and JASSO scholarship, but these scholarships are distributed through external organizations and WMU makes no guarantee regarding availability.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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Housing

Students live in apartments or dormitories off-campus. Three locations are available as Rikkyo University International Dormitory buildings (RUID SHIKI, RUID ASAKADAI, RIR SHIINAMACHI). Rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, air-conditioner, Internet, and CATV.  Students share restroom and dining facilities.  Homestays are not available through Rikkyo University. Housing is approximately 45 minutes from Rikkyo's campus.

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Itinerary

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
Course Offerings
Rikkyo University

Country Information (external links)
Japan - Lonely Planet
Tokyo - Lonely Planet
Information About Ikebukuro (Tokyo)
U.S. Department of State Information
Country Specific Information - Japan
Culturegram - Japan
StudentsAbroad

VISA (external links)
Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit

Contact

Program faculty directors:
Professor Jeffrey Angles
Associate Professor, Japanese Literature & Translation Studies
jeffrey.angles@wmich.edu
WMU Faculty Director Homepage

Professor Rika Saito
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literature
rika.saito@wmich.edu

Study Abroad Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas
sakhi.vyas@wmich.edu

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