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Ritsumeikan University
Kyoto, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Housing Options:
Apartment, Dorm (single)
 Minimum GPA:
 Program Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Founded in 1900, Ritsumeikan University enjoys a rich and prominent history and is considered one of the most distinguished institutions of higher learning and research in Japan. Its main campus is located in the Kinusaga region of Kyoto, and together with its branch campuses, it offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 34,000 students in such fields as Humanities, International Relations, Law, Policy Science, Social Sciences, Economics, Business Administration and Science & Engineering. The university also provides a stimulating academic environment for international education and research through its global network spread over forty countries and regions. It promotes joint research by industry, government and academia through various research centers. Furthermore, Ritsumeikan was recently selected to head three large research projects as part of a new Center of Excellence research initiative by the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Students must complete the application here on BroncosAbroad in order to get study abroad approval by WMU. Additionally, students must complete an application to Ritsumeikan 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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The Kinugasa Campus is located in Kyoto, the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868. Well known throughout Japan as a repository of Japanese art and cultural tradition, Kyoto is a major tourist destination. In the northwest of Kyoto, Ritsumeikan's Kinugasa Campus is surrounded by such historic temples as Kinkakuji (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji (the sight of Japan's most famous rock garden), and many other beautiful and historical sites. The campus currently accommodates 17,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students.

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Academic Eligibility
Good Academic Standing; Minimum 3.0 GPA, completion of JPNS 2010 for IJL; No previous Japanese required for JWP.

Academic Program
The Study in Kyoto program is based at Ritsumeikan University's Kinugasa Campus in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto, allowing students a unique opportunity to experience both Japanese traditional and contemporary culture. Students will enroll in the Intensive Japanese Language (IPL) program, where they will take 12 hours/week of intensive Japanese language after testing into one of five levels, upper elementary to advanced. Students may also take Introduction to Japanese Traditonal Arts, taught in Japanese and choose from a variety of Japanese studies courses taught in English, e.g. Japanese Society, Politics, Culture; International Political Theories; International Management; Asia-Pacific Relations; Japanese Economy; Japan-US Relations; Interatnaional Development and Aid; International Law; Environmental Economics; International Peace Studies, etc.

2013/2014 SKP Pamphlet is ready and available for download from the program homepage SKP Pamphlet

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for all courses 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 Study Abroad office. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form with their academic advisor(s), available from the WMU online application. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and study abroad 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, fees, WMU health insurance, and orientation. Each student is responsible for the following costs: housing, meals, airfare, books, Japanese health insurance, 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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Ritsumeikan offers two relatively new dormitory buildings for international students with private single rooms furnished with beds, linens, desks, and common toilets and baths, LAN computer connections. These are located quite close to campus in a residential neighborhood. If the international dorms are full, RU will place students in alternative or dormitory housing that may be farther from the campus. Home stays are not offered.

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
Study in Kyoto Program
Ritsumaikan University Newsletter

Country Information (external links)
Japan - Lonely Planet
Kyoto - Lonely Planet
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
Associate Professor, Japanese Literature & Translation Studies
WMU Faculty Director Homepage

Professor Rika Saito
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literature

Study Abroad Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas

Video Testimonial:
WMU Study Abroad Experiences: Ayla Ludwig

This program is currently not accepting applications.