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Rikkyo University
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 01/15/2017** 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:
 Language of Instruction:
Japanese, English
 Housing Options:
Dorm (single)
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Program Specialist:
Yumi Takahashi-Ede
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Japanese, Business
 Program Length:
Academic Year
Program Description:

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Application Instructions

The Japanese Exchange programs are highly competitive and require a lengthy application process to each host university. All applicants must first apply through the general “Japan – Academic Year Exchange Program” application on BroncosAbroad. This application will ask for your top 3 choice of schools in Japan along with regular application requirements. When comparing schools, please keep in mind the GPA requirements, location of the school, and required language experience as these vary greatly between schools.

The deadline for the BroncosAbroad application for Academic Year of 2017-2018 is January 15th, 2017. We will then evaluate all applications and invite students to a Selection Committee Interview sometime in early February. After the interviews, advisors will decide on Exchange placements and will assist students with host university applications.

See the Japanese Programs Quick Comparison sheet for more information about Study abroad programs in Japan: Japanese Programs_2016-2017 quick comparison.pdf

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 the Japanese Language Education 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.

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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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Academic Eligibility
Good Academic Standing
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Completion of JPNS 1010
Business students: Completion of JPNS 1000 (recommended)

Academic Program
The core of the curriculum consists of Japanese language classes, but each semester Rikkyo provides several 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.  Rikkyo University offers a Japanese Language Education Program consisting of nine levels from J0 (basic) to J8 (advanced). The level of courses that each student takes is determined by the results of the placement test that he or she takes each semester before the beginning of classes.

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


The program fee includes: tuition, administrative fees, international health and emergency assistance insurance, and on-site orientation. Program fees will be billed to the student account for each semester.

The program fee does not include: housing, meals, airfare, Japanese health insurance, books, local transportation, passport, visa, and personal expenses. Costs not included in the program fee as estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

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

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing be divided into qualified (expenses and fees related to the class or program) and non-qualified (other costs).  The total program fee equals the program commitment fee plus qualified and non-qualified expenses added together.
   Program commitment fee
+ Qualified (expenses and fees related to the class or program)
+ Non-qualified (other costs)
= Total program fee

Program commitment fee:  This is a portion of the program fee which is billed after the student clicks the "Commit" button to secure their place in the program.  The remainder of the program fee is billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment in study abroad credits. The program commitment fee is due within 30 days once charged to the WMU student account. After 30 days, per university accounts policy, holds will be placed on past-due balances.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad, so plan ahead!  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to receiving financial aid for the semester, such as the program commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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, they 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). 

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

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Rikkyo University offers special international students (including incoming exchange students from partner institutions) three dormitories in cooperation with external contractors by singing the rental contract. The dorm managers support students' dormitory life throughout their stay at the dormitory and all the rooms are for single-use with its own bathroom. Each room is furnished and also has the facilities for everyday life so that students can start their life in Japan smoothly.

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Fall 2016

Housing move-in: September 1 and 2
Orientation for new Special International Students of Fall Semester: September 6 through 17
Entrance Ceremony (Fall): September 16
Start of Fall Semester classes: September 20
Sports Fair: October 26
Fall Recess (School Festival): October 27 through November 1
Winter Recess: December 24 through January 5
Fall Semester Final Exams: January 24 through February 3

Spring 2017
(Dates for Spring 2017 are approximate dates. Exact dates and detailed itinerary will be announced later.)

Classes begin: Second week of April
Spring Semester Final Exams: Third and fourth weeks of July (End of Spring Semester)

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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

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


Program faculty directors:
Professor Jeffrey Angles
Professor of Japanese Literature & Translation Studies

Professor Rika Saito
Associate Professor of Japanese Language & Literature

Professor Carlos Pimentel
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language

WMU Study Abroad:
Yumi Takahashi-Ede
Study Abroad Specialist
2425E Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890

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